[NHDOE-ETNews] Common Core and the Essential role of Certified School Librarians

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Thu Nov 18 10:27:47 EST 2010

Earlier this year, discussions about educational reform efforts turned
to the Common Core Standards Initiative (http://www.corestandards.org).
New Hampshire is one of several states that have adopted these standards
(http://www.education.nh.gov/spotlight/k12_ccss.htm). As your school
engages in this and many other school improvement efforts underway,
questions may arise regarding how to best position school staff to
support curriculum and assessment activities. One such question is about
how to best use the expertise of school library media specialists.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) released a position
statement in March 2010 about the Common Core Standards. AASL stated
that "as students strive to meet the rigor of the standards, certified
school librarians will play an essential part in ensuring that
21st-century information literacy skills, dispositions, responsibilities
and assessments are integrated throughout all curriculum areas." Also in
their comments on the draft of the Common Core Standards they stated
that "the school librarian plays a critical role in facilitating student
and faculty learning in the areas of inquiry-based learning, information
literacy, digital literacy, and exposure to literature and informational
text." You may wish to review the full documents at the AASL website:

Position Statement 

Comments on the Draft of the Common Core Standards


Cathy Higgins, Ed.D.
State Educational Technology Director
Office of Educational Technology
New Hampshire Department of Education
Email: chiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Phone: 603.271.2453
Web: http://www.nheon.org/oet/ and

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