With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Connecticut public librarians are asking "what does this mean for public libraries?"
Just a few ideas of how libraries can embrace the new Standards (please email Linda.Williams@ct.gov with your ideas!):
Collections: The Common Core calls for increased usage of high quality (not low level) nonfiction. We can:
Storytimes: In addition to the increased usage of nonfiction, the Core calls for closer attention to text . We can:
Programs for Older Children:
Websites and Handouts: The Common Core calls for consideration of the point of view of the author. We can:
And here are some links to more information.
Common Core Document (Get the free app on iTunes)
Common Core State Standards in Connecticut .
PBS Video: Boosting Reading Skills: Will 'Common Core' Experiment Pay Off?
A simple overview: The Core of the Common Core, Part 1: The Anchor Standards for Reading by Jan Burkins & Kim Yaris Edutopia: Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards . Common Core "Worksheets" from Have Fun Teaching
Books Available at the Service Centers:
Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades K-5. Jossey-Bass, 2012.
Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades 6-8. Jossey-Bass, 2012.
Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades 9-12. Jossey-Bass, 2012.
Pathways to the Common Core by Lucy Calkins. Heinemann, 2012.
Understanding Common Core State Standards by John S. Kendall. ASCD, 2011,
Common Core and Public Libraries:
On Common Core - Getting Real: Marc Aronson and Sue Bartle Part I (Highly Recommended - just click on Launch Presentation - "This presentation will be available to audience members until April 16, 2013 at 07:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.)
Common Core and Public Libraries: What Does it All Mean? a Slideshare presentation by Lisa Kropp, Youth Services Coordinator, (NOTE: Slide 15 lists things public libraries can do)
Common Core in the Public Library? by Kiera Parrott on the ALSC Blog.
Collection Development & Use of Nonfiction with Common Core in Mind:
Blog: The Classroom Bookshelf / Various Authors
Blog: Great Common Core Nonfiction / Kathleen O'Dean
Blog: iNK Think Tank: Nonfiction Authors in Your Classroom / Various Authors
Blog: The Nonfiction Detectives/ Cathy Potter and Louise Capizzo
Blog: Nonfiction Matters / Marc Aronson at SLJ
Article: "On Common Core | Cultivating Collaboration" by Mary Ann Cappiello, Myra Zarnowski, and Marc Aronson.
Article: "On the Radar--Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: New Science Nonfiction Supports Common Core" by Deborah B. Ford at School Library Journal, September 21, 2012.
Blog: The Uncommon Corps: A blog that discusses uses of Common Core.
Publisher Common Core Websites:
Other Articles of Interest:
"Consider the Source: The Problem with Common Core's 'Appendix B'" by Marc Aronson on August 24, 2012.
"A Sticker Won't Do the Job: We need appealing nonfiction that will engage students and build rigor | On Common Core" by Melissa Jacobs-Israel on July 1, 2012.What Common Core Means for Publishers by Karen Springen, Publisher's Weekly Jul 18, 2012.
Common Core State Standards: Resources from Booklist Publications
"Crosswalks" for school librarians from AASL . "Tables that help school librarians learn how the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the Common Core State Standards align."
NYC Department of Education: Standards and Curriculum.
SLJ Article: All Aboard!: Implementing Common Core offers school librarians an opportunity to take the lead .
NovelList: Common Core: It's not happening without the librarian by Julie Corsaro, September 12, 2012 .
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database: Isn't That Just for Schools?: Common Core and the Public Library, Part I by Peg Glisson. Scholastic: Are Librarians Still Important? by Kate Rix .
Classroom Connections: Common Core and Informational Science Texts.
Counterpoint: What the naysayers are saying:
Schools Matter Blog: The Common Core: Bad for Libraries, Librarians, and Students.
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