The Common Core State Standards present a transformational opportunity and a call to action for school librarians. The transformational opportunity challenges school librarians to revise their programs and focus on the critical role the library can play in engaging and supporting student learning through:
The call to action challenges school librarians to collaborate with classroom teachers to:
Integrate the new standards into instruction
Provide leadership in their implementation
Share resources with others in the field
Promote the role of the school library program in student achievement
According to Loertscher and Lewis (2013) in an AASL and Achieve action brief, Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian, real implementation of the Common Core State Standards in schools and school libraries cannot happen without these three steps:
Step 1: Understand It
Step 2: Create a Plan
Step 3: Act on It
The purpose of this toolkit is to assist school librarians in (1) understanding the Common Core State standards, (2) creating plans with classroom teachers for implementing the standards, and (3) acting on these plans. Further, this AASL Common Core State Standards Implementation Task Force suggests that school librarians must become stellar in these roles. As such, the Task Force has produced a toolkit of resources to support school librarians in meeting these challenges. This toolkit offers practicing school librarians, school library educators, administrators, and other stakeholders a variety of publications and online resources for transforming school library programs and services to meet the rigor and relevance of the Common Core State Standards and responding to the call for action in promoting their critical role in student achievement.
Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian from AASL & Achieve
Description: This action brief was created by AASL members who were asked by the American Association of School Librarians, in partnership with Achieve, to create the action brief on the role of school librarians in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Its purpose is to help librarians and school leaders navigate and implement the standards to truly make our students college and career ready.
AASL's School Librarians Role in Reading Toolkit
Description: This toolkit was created by an AASL task force to help school librarians coteach reading comprehension strategies. The toolkit focuses on seven strategies and provides background information and handouts for each strategy. Additionally, there are PowerPoint presentations on collaborating with other literacy professionals, research in reading, and using Web 2.0 tools to support students' reading development. The toolkit also provides elevator speeches, scenarios, and a self-assessment tool that librarians can use to measure their work in coteaching reading comprehension.
Common Core State Standards
Description: English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects | Appendix A includes research supporting key elements of the standards and a glossary of key terms.
Maniotes, L. (2013). Demystifying text complexity. School Library Monthly, 30 (2), 29-32. Description: A practitioner piece that describes text complexity in a easy-to-read format that practicing school librarians can use for collection development and readers advisory.
Harada, Violet H. and Coatney, Sharon., eds. (2013). Inquiry and the Common Core: Librarians and teachers designing teaching for learning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
Ratzer, Mary Boyd, and Jaeger, Paige. (2014). Rx for the common core: Toolkit for implementing inquiry learning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.