Berg, K., Kramer, J., & Werle, M. (2019). Implementing and Evaluating Instructional Partnerships. Knowledge Quest, 47(3), 32–38. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1201066&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Summary: This article discusses the need for students in Bismark, ND to have “success skills,” which translate to the 4 C’s; creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication, and they believe this is achieved through project based learning (PBL). It was also determined that the traditional library model was no longer conducive to the 21st century skills they were promoting. They transformed the library into a “Discovery Den” where the teacher librarian plays a vital role in collaborating with the teachers of the school on the students learning. The article also discusses the importance of a personalized learning environment, where students can “own their education.”
Evaluation: I found this article very helpful, it has a lot of real life practical ideas and reaffirms that many of the ideas we have discussed in class are what teachers and librarians are finding works in the real world. The author even talks about hearing her district being mentioned as a model to look at when she is listening to What Schools Could Be by Ted Dintersmith which was very exciting.