School Library Monthly Provides Essential Guidance for School Librarians Grappling with Multiple Standards

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Special issue of School Library Monthly features valuable four-page spread on aligning standards, inquiry, reading and instruction.

With the push toward Common Core Standards, it is clear that school librarian professionals need to assemble the puzzle.

With the adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for 21st-century learning, many school librarians and teachers are being asked to integrate an inquiry approach into how they prepare students to learn and think critically. School Library Monthly sets out a clear path forward in the January 2013 Special Issue: CCSS and Inquiry, complete with a four-page pull-out matrix designed to clarify how to progress from standards and concepts to actually implementing new practices.

The matrix contributor, Judy Moreillon, envisions a unique and vital role for school librarians, stating " … it is imperative that school librarians get 'out in front' and be part of the decision-making team" on how Common Core and other standards are implemented (SLM, January 2013). The matrix, plus additional articles from important thought leaders on the topic of inquiry learning, will empower school librarians to respond to the challenges of working with both students and teachers to achieve CCSS.

SLM Managing Editor, Deborah Levitov, conceived of the special issue in response to the clamor from school librarians for practical assistance with implementing multiple standards. Levitov explains that "SLM focuses each issue on helping readers be the best instructional and informational leaders in their school. With the push toward Common Core Standards, it is clear that school librarian professionals need to assemble the puzzle that includes a myriad of standards and align them with inquiry learning as well as solid tenets for reading comprehension and learning application."

The SLM Special January Issue: CCS and Inquiry responds to the need for the school librarian to understand—and help others understand—the natural connections between CCSS, AASL Standards, Inquiry, Reading Comprehension, and Learning Strategies. Everyone committed to raising student achievement by implementing Common Core standards and inquiry-based learning will turn to these pages again and again.

SLM January 2013 also features:
Zeroing in on Inquiry by Sharon Coatney
CCSS: A Window and Fresh Air for Learning by Allison Zmuda
The Art of Questions: Inquiry, the CCSS and School Librarians by Rachel Wadham

See the complete table of contents for SLM January 2013 here.

For access to the special SLM pull-out section click, A Matrix for School Librarians: Aligning Standards, Inquiry, Reading, and Instruction

About School Library Monthly

School Library Monthly is published by Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO. School Library Monthly magazine supports K–12 school librarians as they plan instruction collaboratively with teachers. It helps strengthen information literacy skills, inquiry and the research process, and encourages the use of a variety of resources.

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