Beyond the Core

Volume 42, No. 3
January/February 2014

The theme for the January/February 2014 Knowledge Quest is Beyond the Core. This issue offers current thinking and viewpoints on the Common Core State Standards from outside stakeholders such as staff of public instruction offices, curriculum developers, school administrators, program administrators, critics, and teachers - new grist from many mills for school librarians’ consideration.

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Below you will find a variety of resources and content related to the issue.

Table of Contents

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Guest Editor

BJ McCracken is a school librarian at Great Falls (MT) High School. She is also an adjunct instructor at College of Great Falls-MSU in the Communications Department and instructor for their Montana Institute for Educational Technology. Among her professional affiliations are AASL, YALSA, FRT, LIRT, and Montana Library Association. 

Read the Guest Editor column, “Common Core from the Outside Looking In” pdf icon  

Listen to a podcast interview with with BJ about the issue on “Beyond the Core.”

30 Second Thought Leadership Videos

View video podcasts from school library leaders who answer the question, “What is the biggest opportunity school librarians are overlooking with the Common Core implementation?”

School Library Research (SLR) Spotlight

If you liked the January/February 2014 Knowledge Quest articles on “Beyond the Core,” you may be interested in this research study published in School Library Research (SLR):

Preparing Teachers and Librarians to Collaborate to Teach 21st Century Skills: Views of LIS and Education Faculty

Visit the SLR website to view other research articles by volume and author.

Online Exclusives & Additional Resources

AASL Essential Links

Here are some Essential Links on Beyond the Core that you may find useful. Essential Links is a wiki that comprises a working bibliography of resources for school librarians, principals, parents, charter school organizers, library para-professionals, government officials, and college instructors. Books, journal articles, websites, and other media are included.

Article from the Archive

AASL offers a free feature article from a previous issue that ties that relates to the current issue. Click the link below to read the feature story: “Flying High with the Information Fluency Continuum” by Ana Canino-Fluit from the May/June 2013 issue on “Rising to the Challenge.”

Flying High with the Information Fluency Continuum” pdf icon