Common Core Resources for Public Libraries
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:
- purchase more nonfiction for our collections
- be aware of association lists of best books
- share your nonfiction expertise with school librarians and teachers
- bet on seeing more nonfiction on summer reading lists!
Storytimes: In addition to the increased usage of nonfiction, the Core calls for closer attention to text . We can:
- identify and use more nonfiction picture books in our storytimes
- ask questions that ask children to refer back to the text and pictures in the story for evidence
Programs for Older Children:
- try adding some nonfiction titles with your book groups, or try a nonfiction book group
Websites and Handouts: The Common Core calls for consideration of the point of view of the author. We can:
- create topical booklists that consider the same subject matter from different points of view (can include fiction and nonfiction)
- newsletters to teachers about new books that they might consider
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
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 .
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.