Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Rethinking the Past, Reimagining the Future

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Rethinking the Past, Reimagining the Future

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An underlying theme in this issue is the need to rethink traditional concepts and practices to meet the needs of 21st-century learners. Whether it is teaching and learning strategies, policies, physical environment, curriculum, diversity and cultural awareness, or other factors, we need to recognize the changing needs of students in an a radically changing world. An important thread which runs through the articles and columns in this issue is the need to be student-centric.

This issue encourages you to examine carefully what you do and to make sure it fits well with today's learner, that your program focuses on learning and inquiry. Question how and why you do things and how you can improve what you are doing to be effective.

INFOhio, always a leader, is working to enhance their embrace and mastery of Common Core and Ohio standards. Using a very twenty-first century approach, Ohio has created an online tool to support educators involved with inquiry learning and meeting the new standards. While developed for Ohio, it is a model everyone can use.

Reaction to the recent article by Linda Johnson and Jean Donham ("Reading by Grade Three: How well do school library policies support early learning?", Teacher Librarian, 40:2, December 2012, pp. 8-12) has been both supportive and defensive. The responses published here by Williams and Haupt show how embracing these concepts, whether initially for or against them, significantly helps early readers become more adept at reading. Killeen's column backs this up with her approach to service and interest for early readers. Crompton reports in his article about the successes and progress being made in Vancouver, BC, regarding space issues and their challenges when it comes to serving students.

Many of you already may have seen the advocacy video made by a group of Washington librarians and other educators that puts forward what happens in school libraries (see WLMA website: http://wlma. …

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