Magazine article CSLA Journal

Collaboration Is Key to Building Bridges

Magazine article CSLA Journal

Collaboration Is Key to Building Bridges

Article excerpt

Long the magic word in school librarianship, collaboration is still the keystone to creating bridges between students, faculty, and resources, both within and outside the school walls. The theme of this issue of the CSLA Journal, "School Libraries Bridge to the World," will inspire you with the many opportunities that exist to build bridges for and with our students, teachers, parents, and administrators.

California public schools have had major changes in just the past three years: changes in what we teach, changes in what and how we assess, and changes in how we are funded.

Changing What We Teach

The introduction of the Common Core State Standards has provided opportunities for teacher librarians to take the lead in the réintroduction of cross-curriculum project and inquiry-based learning. Teachers are searching for the lexile level of texts, striving to provide more nonfiction for close reading, and finding that for the most part these resources have been in the library all along. The Committee for Standards Integration (CSI) has developed a seal of alignment to highlight those lessons and programs that are aligned to both the CCSS and the Model School Library Standards.

Changing WTiat and How We Assess

The new Smarter Balanced assessments are putting school systems to the test. Issues of outdated hardware, low bandwidth, and technical glitches have made how we assess students as difficult to figure out as what to assess. Librarians can build bridges for students by focusing on real learning opportunities, and making sure students are savvy finders and users of information. …

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