AASL’s guide to content-area collaborations for secondary grades

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/03/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, “Content-Area Collaborations for Secondary Grades,” published by AASL and ALA Editions, demonstrates ways to use the Shared Foundations and Domains in your instructional design while collaboratively planning personalized learning experiences with content-area educators. Incorporating contributions from secondary school librarians across the country, this resource by Liz Deskins contains 20 units rooted in the AASL Standards and tailored to foster collaboration with content areas through alignments with other sets of national standards. Enhanced with discussion questions, rubrics, worksheets, and assessment activities, this ready-to-go resource provides:

  • three or four learning units in chapters for each Shared Foundation, each unit containing four lessons moving learners through the Domains of Think, Create, Share, and Grow;
  • connections between the AASL Standards and other sets of national and content-area standards, highlighting opportunities to approach content area educators with collaboration ideas;
  • tips and a template for getting started developing your own collaborative opportunities; and
  • numerous additional resources to aid in personalization.

Deskins was a school librarian for 30 years, teaching at the elementary, high school, and college levels. Now retired, she is an adjunct professor for Kent State University. A past president of Buckeye Children and Teens Book Awards as well as past president of OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Association), she has also served on committees and task forces for AASL and ALSC. A requested presenter at conferences, her other publications include “Linking Picture Book Biographies to National Content Standards: 200+ Lives to Explore” and “LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All” (both written in collaboration with Christina Dorr).

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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