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Standards for the 21st-Century Learner external link icon

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offers vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. Skills, dispositions in action, responsibilities, and self-assessment strategies are designed as a tool to help school librarians shape the library program and curriculum, and to mold student learning more broadly. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/standards and download a pdf or purchase packs of the full-color pamphlet.

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Standards for the 21st-Century Learner In Action external link icon

This publication takes an in-depth look at the relationships between the strands and indicators in the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Benchmarks are provided along with examples that show how to put the learning standards into action and maximize their application at different grade levels. This is a practical book with graphics and charts that make for easy reference. A glossary is also provided to define key concepts found throughout the book. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/standardsinaction.

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Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs external link icon

Built on a strong history of program guidelines published by AASL, Empowering Learners helps school librarians establish effective library programs that meet the needs of the changing school library environment. Guided by the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action, this publication is an essential resource for any school librarian. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/guidelines.

 

A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners external link icon
with School Library Program Assessment Rubric

A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners is an online, interactive module designed to change school library program planning, saving time and delivering data. Reflecting the current principles outlined in Empowering Learners, the tool includes a revised School Library Program Assessment Rubric for program assessment using 16 different sets of criteria.

Give your school or district program the tools to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the existing program, collaborate with stakeholders in the planning process, develop action plans with measurable goals and objectives, and to save, edit and share graphical data as the program develops. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/planningguide.

A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation external link icon
Patricia Owen

A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators.

Workbook style prompts walk school librarians through suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help gauge their current levels of achievement, set goals for progress, and form plans for future professional development. This book provides school librarians an opportunity to engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/evaluationworkbook.

Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts external link icon
Margaret Sullivan

Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies. The book walks school librarians and administrators through the process of gathering information from students and other stakeholders involved in planning a resource rich learning space. Information includes how to create needs assessment documents that compliment AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Suggestions for adding meaningful aesthetic components and colorful renderings of sample environments are also provided.

Empowering Leadership: Developing Behaviors for Success external link icon
Ann M. Martin

This book takes the mystery out of leadership by illustrating the visible and invisible components of leadership. Essential questions, reflective strategies, and practical tips within each chapter will bring school librarians to their next level in leadership while they recognize the hidden leadership opportunities in daily tasks that are already central to the profession. Empowering Leadership offers lessons and examples to improve the leader within and encourage development of each librarian’s unique leadership style.

21st-Century Learner Set external link icon

Reinforce to students, parents, and faculty the important skills for the 21st-century learner with this set of posters and bookmarks developed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Set Includes:

  • One (1) - 21st Century Skills Set (4 mini posters)
  • One (1) - 21st Century Learner Poster
  • Two (2) - 21st Century Learner Bookmark packs

 Items in set can also be purchased separately:

21st-Century Skills Wall & Window Graphics external link icon

This collection of four repositionable* graphics is a new spin on AASL’s popular 21st-Century Skills Set. Adhere to walls, windows, or any smooth surface to remind administrators, faculty, parents, and students of the important skills needed for becoming lifelong learners. (* May remove paint from walls after long-term use.)

17” x 11”, 1 of each design
4 mil, light adhesive, repositionable vinyl

School Library Programs Create Lifelong Learners: A Student’s and Parent's Guide to Evaluating Independent School Libraries external link icon
Independent School Section of AASL

Developed by AASL’s Independent School Section (ISS), School Library Programs Create Lifelong Learners is a guide to help students and parents evaluate independent school libraries. Choosing the independent school your child will attend is an important decision, and this guide presents learning standards and critical questions to help a family identify the important characteristics of a strong school library program. Visit www.ala.org/aasl/issbrochure.

School Library Programs Improve Student Learning (Brochure series)
AASL

School Library Programs Improve Student Learning is a series of advocacy brochures each designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents, and teachers. The brochure series unfolds AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs in a way that allows each stakeholder group to visualize a model school library program from their perspective. Each brochure outlines goals and key questions specific and important to each audience. This format will help school librarians generate and guide unique discussions with each stakeholder group, set goals and expectations for the program and the stakeholder, and maximize the potential of the school library program. To download PDFs, visit www.ala.org/aasl/advocacybrochures or purchase packs of the full-color brochures.

 

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e-Resources

Learning Standards & Program Guidelines Implementation Toolkit
By focusing on small segments, this toolkit is designed to help building level school librarians implement the new AASL learning standards and program guidelines in their school library.

Learning4Life Message Box
Use this school library message box and tip sheet to deliver focused and compelling messages that resonate with your stakeholders.

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning
The Best Apps for Teaching & Learning is a new recognition honoring apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning
The Best Websites for Teaching & Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

The Landmark Websites are honored due to their exemplary histories of authoritative, dynamic content and curricular relevance. They are free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover and provide a foundation to support 21st-century teaching and learning.

AASL Learning Standards and Common Core State Standards Crosswalk 
Presented in table format, this crosswalk helps school librarians align the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner with the Common Core State Standards. Crosswalk includes English Language Arts; Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies; Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects; Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects; and Mathematics

L4L Implementation Resources Compiled by the 2010 AASL Emerging Leaders
The 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders Team A developed a hot linked list of resources for pre-service, new, or returning school librarians to use in developing implementation strategies.

Think, Create, Share, and Grow promotional messages created by the 2011 AASL Emerging Leaders
The 2011 ALA Emerging Leaders Team A was charged with create new media promotional messages to be delivered via Web 2.0 to promote L4L.

Administrator Resources Created by the 2013 AASL Emerging Leaders
The 2013 Emerging Leaders team created a PowerPoint  and a brochure for administrators pdf icon to will help them develop an understanding of the AASL learning standards and program guidelines. The PowerPoint and brochure will be also be disseminated to L4L state coordinators who will be encouraged to present sessions at state Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) conferences.

Learning4Life in My School Library Student Video Contest
In a contest ran in 2011, students were encouraged to submit videos to AASL detailing how their school library and technology empowers them to be Learners4Life. The winning videos visually illustrate the four standards for student learning - Think, Create, Share, and Grow - and how technology relates to each.

Knowledge Quest, November/December 2009
Developing the Vision: An L4L Job Description for the 21st Century 
 pdf icon  Job Description - Updated April 2010 pdf icon

Knowledge Quest, January/February 2010
Developing the Vision: Enhancing Your Professional Practice  pdf icon  Sample Evaluation pdf icon

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