At my little school, the high school ELA department is already doing more research, and it is wonderful. I am finding myself pushing information out to teachers and working individually with students when they hit a wall, so I am more of a consultant than anything else. Your experience will probably vary depending on your skill set and the requirements of your teachers and students.
One thing that concerned me immediately about implementation of the Common Core Standards in our district was the fear that teachers and administration would panic about a need for resources and completely forget about the libraries, librarians, and the many resources already in place. As our ELA SAC (Subject Area Committee) was meeting this summer, I asked to speak. Our curriculum director kindly gave me time to talk about library resources.
I put together a powerpoint that probably isn't all that helpful without hearing me present it but maybe the notes will help some. I specifically went into the high school library website between slides 12 and 13 and talked about Online Databases, our card catalog, ILL, TumbleReadables, audiobooks, ebooks, working effectively with librarians, and using the library as a differentition tool. At the time, in late June, every single one of the resources I talked about was in a state of flux, so I tried to really emphasize that the links and information on the library site would always be updated, but that it is well nigh impossible to try to keep up with all the changes as a teacher while trying to teach class. With discussion, questions, and details, the presentation took about an hour and a half.
One thing that I appreciated about presenting was that the teachers were really honest about what they needed from me, and I learned at least as much from them as they learned from me. At a minimum, I am hoping they don't forget about their libraries when preparing their lessons! (MHouse)
Implementation of the Common Core Standards (CCS) was a key focus of the Kansas Leaning First Alliance meeting Oct. 27, 2011. KLFA work groups (Student Achievement and Professional Learning) devoted much of their efforts to plan for training of personnel in the field in conjunction with the Kansas State Department of Education. The CCS training opportunities would start later this month and extend through next summer.
The Community Engagement continued their work in the development of their second Public Service Announcements (to see the first PSAs, click here). They are also strategically identifying additional partnerships that we might form.
The membership collectively tackled the evaluation of the KLFA Website using a Google Doc survey. This data will be used to update the website. The Google Doc work also served as a professional learning activity for members.
The three groups work toward improving student achievement, strengthening the professional learning of educators, and engaging the public in school improvement and student achievement efforts. To focus their work, three general goals offer guidance. They are:
KLFA will broadly disseminate its work to influence practitioners.
KLFA will increase its visibility among policy makers.
KLFA will strengthen and increase its organizational capacity.
Almost 30 people from 20 of the member organizations were in attendance. The meeting dates for the rest of the year are Jan. 5, 2012; March 8, 2012; and May 10, 2012. All the meetings will start at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at KASB with the exception of the March meeting, which will be at KNEA. KLFA will celebrate its 13th birthday at the January meeting.
Get ready to infuse 21st century skills into your curriculum through a special one-day institute developed to help you understand how the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and the framework of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) align to make it easier for you to integrate into your school or district's current and future practices.
During the institute key questions will be explored including:
What is the difference between P21 Framework and the AASL Learning Standards
How are the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner aligned with the P21 Framework
What skills will students need in the future?
How will the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner empower students to address the world they will face? (taken from AASL's website)
New AASL L4L webinar series During School Library Month, AASL will offer a new series of webinars for school librarians to learn more about the implementation of the AASL program guidelines. The webinars are part of the national Learning4Life initiative to implement Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. The webinars will be held at 4:30 p.m. Central Time on Wednesdays during the month of April.... AASL, Mar. 9
21st-century skills MILE Guide released The Partnership for 21st-Century Skills released the Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide, a hands-on tool designed to help districts and schools evaluate their integration of 21st-century skills into current and future practice, November 6 during the AASL conference. The guide includes a self-assessment tool that provides three benchmarks—early stage, transitional stage, and 21st century—for how far along schools and districts are in terms of student knowledge and skills.... AL Inside Scoop, Nov. 7; eSchool News, Nov. 9