Learning About Student Learning: Guides, Webinars, Articles, More

A large and growing literature exists about libraries and learning standards, as well as general resources on the role of public libraries in student learning. The following is a starter pack for planning and self-paced learning.

Ohio Department of Education Resources
Collections of resources for each of the areas of study in Ohio school curricula: math, English language arts, science, social studies, technology, computer science, world languages, fine arts, health education, physical education, and financial literacy.

Parents' Guides to Student Success
From the National PTA, these simple, clear, free guides include key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade. They also offer activities that parents can do to support their children's learning. The guides are available in English and Spanish, and in several formats. There is a guide for each grade from K-8, one for high school English, and one for high school math.

Public Libraries' Outreach Role in Reading and Support of Student Learning (PDF)
This document from the State Library of Ohio shows how public libraries benefit the K-12 community, and describes several initiatives by Ohio public libraries that support and contribute to student learning.

Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee and the Library Media Specialist (DOC)
In June 2013, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) published a white paper on the role of the library media specialist in implementation of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG). This document is a helpful resource to communicate the centrality of the library media specialist in student reading success, and to generate for ideas for collaboration and support by public librarians.

Common Core State Standards - Resources
This collection from the School-Age Programs and Services Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) links to articles, blogs, websites, and supporting materials.

Webinars and Presentations:

Learning to Read the Core: A View from 30,000 Feet
This 13-minute webcast provides an excellent overview of the CC standards in math and literacy, how they are organized and why. A production of The Teaching Channel, this webcast is targeted to teachers but is accessible to and useful for public librarians.

Common Core State Standards and Public Libraries
Part of the Infopeople series of free webinars for librarians, this one-hour recording covers many of the important basics: the general rationale behind the CC, some misconceptions and corrections, terminology, shifts in English Language Arts and literacy education, text complexity, and practical ideas for public library programs and services.

Public Libraries and the Common Core Curriculum: Resources
This one-hour webinar considers the CC focus on nonfiction in terms of library collection development and programming, and is also part of the Infopeople series of free webinars for librarians.

Education Update: Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy
This 14-minute video from The Teaching Channel explains the purpose and organization of the literacy standards, and discusses the emphasis on building college and career readiness.

Articles:

"For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary Opportunity" by Andrew Albanese. Publisher's Weekly, February 5, 2013.

"The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends" by Timothy Shanahan. Educational Leadership, December 2012/January 2013. Volume 70, number 4.

Controversy has arisen surrounding the CC. Here are two viewpoints from education professionals who do not support the CC:
"The Common Core: A Disaster for Libraries, A Disaster for Language Arts, a Disaster for American Education" by Stephen D. Krashen. Knowledge Quest 42(3): 37-45 (2014) (republished on Krashen's blog), and see also Krashen's earlier essay, "The Common Core: Bad for Libraries, Librarians, and Students" by Stephen D. Krashen. Schools Matter (blog), September 15, 2012.
"Common Core: Will It Hurt Struggling Readers?" by Valerie Strauss. The Washington Post Answer Sheet (blog), March 14, 2013.
 

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