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
New templates for Learning4Life Just in time for back to school, AASL has posted new templates for Learning4Life, the division’s national plan to implement the learning standards and guidelines for the 21st century. The templates can be downloaded from the resources pages. Templates include a brochure, letter frame, postcards (left), notecards, a PowerPoint template, bumper sticker, button, and web banners....
Q. How can I find out the recommended number of books per pupil in my middle school library? And are there recommended percentages for the different subject areas?
A. Over the years, ALA has moved away from prescriptive standards to output measures. For school libraries, AASL maintains the current standards. How your library supports the curriculum will affect how you build your collection and select materials for it. You’ll want to look at some of the resources on budgeting, collection development, and standards. When it comes to the distribution of the subject content of the collection, the current standards will also not be prescriptive, except to emphasize the importance of supporting the curriculum of the school and the learning objectives therein. Be sure to see Add It Up, our advocacy tool kit with research and statistics to help you make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development and education—there’s a section just for kindergarten through middle school. See more at the ALA Professional Tips wiki.
The school library establishment seems to have embraced the concepts underlying 21st century skills. I think it might be good for us who work with kids on a daily basis to evaluate exactly what we are doing and why. I have been interested in some of the literature criticizing the whole concept. Perhaps I'm just a contrarian, but I think some of the objections are worth pondering.
--The fallback position of 21CS proponents has become something to the effect of “we’re not saying academic content doesn’t matter. Kids need content AND skills.” But Dan Willingham pointed out that it’s inaccurate even to conceive of skills and factual knowledge as separate.
I often hear people say ‘Yes, yes, of course, knowledge is important. After all, you need something to think about.’ But there is more to it than that. Knowledge is not just something that skills operate on-knowledge is what enables skills to operate in the first place.
“Everyone understands that memorizing facts without skills is not enriching,” Willingham noted. ”People forget that training skills without facts doesn’t work.” --
Here are links to two of the best articles I found.
And here is one that is designed to strike fear into the hearts of those of us who believe Content is King. I guess I've known too many gamers who couldn't think their way out of a paper bag. Readers, on the other hand . . . .