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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

After participating in an exciting webinar on Libraries, Technology, and Implementing Common Core provided by AASL, I began to think about how the role of the school-based media specialist is evolving. The implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and rapid integration of technology in schools around the country has created a shift in instructional design and practice. I have found the most valuable school-based resource for brainstorming, discussing, planning and implementing anything to do with technology has been my school's media specialist. Following are a few ways that your media specialist could help you, and how the CCSS has impacted their roles.

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Model Curriculum » Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

The document posted on the PDE SAS Portal concentrates on Stage One:  Desired Results, which provides established goals (the 44 PA Common Core Standards and Academic Standards for which librarians take primary instructional responsibility), the big ideas of understanding and the essential questions that prompt understanding and the competencies/skills that students should be able to perform.

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Incredible work here in collaboration with Grant Wiggins and UbD (aligning CCSS expectations at each grade level and identifying evidence of mastery).

 

Library Media Specialists rock my world and these are a few examples of why they do.

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Nonfiction as Mentor Text: Style | On Common Core | School Library Journal

Nonfiction as Mentor Text: Style | On Common Core | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Last month in this column, we introduced some of the ways in which writers for young people model the substance of their “big picture” thinking, how they sift and shape new ideas and evidence from their research to create a particular lens for their readers. In addition to offering insight into the different ways authors approach a particular subject, writers also model specific styles and techniques that demonstrate a command of the written word, connect with and hook readers, and explain and contextualize important concepts.

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INFOhio IMatrix: A Tool to Enhance Deep, Rigorous Learning! | Teacher Librarian

INFOhio IMatrix: A Tool to Enhance Deep, Rigorous Learning! | Teacher Librarian | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

INFOhio’s IMatrix helps educators practice inquiry-based instruction that aligns to skills embedded within the content standards of the four core curriculum areas: English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. By searching the IMatrix, educators can easily see how skills are scaffolded across grades for students and find resources that will help them teach those skills, find interdisciplinary connections, and help plan quality instruction.


The IMatrix uses the six Dimensions of Inquiry as its unifying instructional model. The Dimensions of Inquiry, first identified through an environmental scan of various inquiry models, include the following skills:

  1. Questioning
  2. Locating Information
  3. Evaluating Information
  4. Applying Information
  5. Sharing Knowledge
  6. Reflecting on Learning
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Again, one of the advantages of common standards is leveraging "common" exemplary resources.  

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One Librarian’s Success Story | On Common Core | School Library Journal

One Librarian’s Success Story | On Common Core | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Christine Poser, a middle-school librarian at Myra S. Barnes I.S. 24 on Staten Island, NY, is one of the educational leaders in her school’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation. Having spent several years teaching from New York City’s Information Fluency Continuum, she already had a strong foundation teaching, supporting project-based learning experiences, and using formative assessments to capture and evaluate student learning.

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The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together

The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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.
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Wondering how to put Common Core into practice? It’s easier than you think. | School Library Journal

Wondering how to put Common Core into practice? It’s easier than you think. | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For the library media specialist, it's a matter of clustering. The Library Media Center is a super highway of information and the LMS could be considered the navigator and pilot all rolled into one.

 

See how implementing a clustering approach to arranging resources supports Common Core and its aim for teaching students more about the craft and structure of multiple texts. 

 

 

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School Librarians as Part of the "Core" Team

School Librarians as Part of the "Core" Team | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Like most school librarians, Ms. Hearne has been trained both as a teacher and a librarian, a combination she thinks is perfectly suited to helping students and teachers as the Common Core State Standards presses them into inquiry-based modes of learning and teaching. She helps them find a range of reading materials in printed or online form and collaborates to develop challenging cross-disciplinary projects.

 

And like colleagues around the country, Ms. Hearne also plays important instructional roles often unrecognized by the public: as co-instructor alongside classroom teachers, and as professional-development provider for those teachers.

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Librarians on the Common Core: Cautious Optimism

Librarians on the Common Core: Cautious Optimism | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
While educators grapple with the Common Core State Standards, school librarians are finding aspects to celebrate. To start? Their jobs, and their important role in supporting teachers and students through this transition.
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Article highlights the collaborative work of professionals: teachers and librarians.

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Core2Class: What's Your Library Media Specialist Doing for Dinner Tonight?

Core2Class: What's Your Library Media Specialist Doing for Dinner Tonight? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the aspects of the Common Core ELA that I find to be most challenging is the ability to plan units that bring together featured and supporting texts.  A featured text is the text(s) that all students in the class read regardless of reading level.  This text(s) is the heart and soul of the unit and should frame the culminating assessment.  Supporting texts, on the other hand, help students practice certain skills, acquire helpful background knowledge, research a topic or, most importantly, forge connections with the ideas and elements found in the featured texts.  These texts may be leveled and could vary depending on the student or situation.

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The "secret weapon" in planning Common Core units.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, September 25, 2013 10:32 AM

Pairing of text is essential to success not only on assessments, but in life. Many of the connections we bring to our daily living and professional success come from connecting either two texts or a text to a situation. Truth is, finding texts that work for instructional pairing is that...WORK!

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Librarians critical in Common Core

Librarians critical in Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Local librarians are the front line in getting schools up to standards as the new Common Core curriculum is phased in across the country.


That was the message Friday from noted author and Rutgers University lecturer Mark Aronson, who helped write the new curriculum and was the keynote speaker for the Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services school library system 2013 spring conference. The conference, attended by nearly 75 school media specialists, focused on the curriculum, which is designed to better prepare students for college and work.

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For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary Opportunity

For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary Opportunity | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards are poised to bring some of the most meaningful changes to our education system in a generation, some observers say, and with the emphasis on literacy, resources, and critical thinking, it’s no surprise that librarians are embracing the Common Core as an extraordinary opportunity.

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Matrix for School Librarians & Teachers: Standards, Inquiry, Reading & Instruction

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Matrices help me quickly pinpoint areas of collaboration. This matrix is particularly helpful in understanding the nexus between the CCSS and AASL.

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SLJ Summit 2012: Nonfiction Authors Address the Common Core | School Library Journal

SLJ Summit 2012: Nonfiction Authors Address the Common Core | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Among other mandates, the Common Core State Standards (CC) require students to “gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources” and “assess the credibility and accuracy of each source.”

 

Bottom line?  Librarians are a student researcher's new best friend.

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Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role

Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Great read with helpful resources about the vital role Libriarians/Media Specialists will play in the successful adoption of Common Core Standards.

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