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September 23, 2014

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The Public Library Connection: The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together | On Common Core

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Now, more than ever before, collaboration between public and school librarians is critical. As we strive to be at the center of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in our schools, strong relationships with our local public librarians can make all the difference in the world and provide us, our students, and our school colleagues with tremendous advantages.

While public and school libraries differ, our common patron base of children gives both groups fertile ground [...]

The Question of Text Complexity: Reader and task trump traditional measures | On Common Core

Common Core Text Complexity

Complexity is a watchword of the Common Core State Standards. The clearly stated expectation is that students will be able to read increasingly complex texts as they move up through the grades. Aside from that, students will be required to complete more complex thinking tasks involving those same texts.

On Common Core | Seize the Opportunity

The new standards dovetail elegantly with inquiry, and we know inquiry

This is the worst time to be a school librarian and the best time to be one. Our profession is under daily threat of extinction, yet the implementation of the Common Core Standards affords incredible opportunity to make the strongest case for the importance of librarians and libraries in schools. Together we must commit to gaining a deep understanding of these new standards and determine to be at the [...]

The New Standards Dovetail Elegantly with Inquiry, and We Know Inquiry | On Common Core

This is the worst time to be a school librarian and the best time to be one. Our profession is under daily threat of extinction, yet the implementation of the Common Core Standards affords incredible opportunity to make the strongest case for the importance of librarians and libraries in schools. Together we must commit to gaining a deep understanding of these new standards and determine to be at the fore of the Common Core conversations taking place in our buildings. We are uniquely suited for this because the Common Core Standards dovetail elegantly with inquiry, and we know inquiry.

It’s All About Text Appeal

Want readers’ advisory to make a difference? Teach your kids how to speak intelligently about books.

Pulling teeth. That’s how I’d describe my attempts to get my middle school students to talk about the kinds of books they liked to read. It was agonizing. And time consuming. But more importantly, since my students couldn’t pinpoint what attracted them to their favorite titles, I was limited in what I could recommend—and that meant they were missing out on some [...]