Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian

This document was created as a joint effort between AASL and Achieve in November 2013.


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Reflection on Artifact 1:

I chose to include this document as an artifact because it provides a wealth of information about how librarians can be instrumental in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. In the preface of this document, the authors make it clear that it is intended not only for librarians to read, but also for school leaders. I think that raising awareness about how the school librarian can help implement Common Core State Standards is vital to the profession because it adds value to our position.

The Common Core focuses on aspects of a students academic success that can most effectively be fostered in the library: research skills, close reading, understanding how to use various types of informational texts, a focus on fluency in academic language. In addition, the school librarian can be a valuable asset to teachers who are working on implementing the new standards in their classroom instruction. I think that one of the most challenging aspects of this, for classroom teachers, is the selection of appropriately complex texts. The Common Core document provides text complexity exemplars and this, in my observation, is one of the areas where there is the most misunderstanding about what is being required. School Librarians can help minimize that confusion by being aware of the curricular needs in each classroom and collaborating with teachers to find appropriate texts to scaffold teaching goals.

This artifact relates directly to the Leadership role of a school librarian in that it illustrates how we can benchmark the school library program to school, state, and national program standards.