Curriculum and Instruction
AASL Enpowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs AASL publication that complements the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action and offers assistance for creating or developing your library program.
AASL Instructional Classification Toolkit Collection of resources to support the classification of School Librarians as educators.
AASL Learning for LifeInformation on the AASL implementation plan for ' Standards for the 21st Century Learner. '
AASL A Planning Guide for Enpowering Learners Developed by AASL and Britannica Digital Learning, this guide offers online planning and assessment.
AASL Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading This position statement describes the beliefs of the American Association of School Librarians on the issue of the school librarian's role in the development of reading skills. It describes the many ways the school librarian can partner in and lead the successful implementation of reading promotion and instruction.
AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner Link to download the standards or purchase sets for your use.
AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action How can you incorporate the Standards for the 21st Century Learner into your program? This publication offers practical advice.
AASL's Position Statement on Instructional Classification AASL supports the in clusion of certified school librarians as part of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) "Instruction" classification. School libraries are classrooms in which school librarians teach and students and teachers learn.
Common Core State Standards Initiative As stated on the about page: "The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce." Librarians should be familiar with these standards whether or not your state has adopted them.
Crosswalk of the Common Core Standards and the Standards for the 21st Century Learner Discover how the Standards for the 21st Century Learner and the Common Core Standards align.
Learner's Bill of Rights (PDF) The "Learner's Bill of Rights" is endorsed by the Colorado School Library Leaders and grants permission to use in its entirety without any changes made to the document.
Position Statement on the Common Core College- and Career-Readiness Standards We encourage our members to study these standards to determine how school library programs support student success in meeting the Common Core Standards. We further urge our members to examine the grade level bands of the public draft K-12 standards, released on March 10, 2010, and have provided feedback regarding the draft.
School Librarian's Role in Reading Toolkit Practical materials for supporting the ideas put forth in the AASL position statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading. The toolkit contains a bibliography, web links, presentation resources, elevator speeches and additional materials.
The AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database, is a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Users can search the database for lesson plans by learning standards and indicators, content topic, grade-level, resources used, type of lesson or schedule, keyword and much more. In addition, registered users can bookmark lesson plans in a portfolio for future use, rate and comment on lesson plans in the community, print to PDF and socially share lesson plans on the web, and create and publish their own lesson plans in the database.
"Resource-Based Learning." Compiled by Margie Thomas Klink. Knowledge Quest 27, no. 4 (March/April 1999): 26-30. Resource-based learning is a student-centered learning environment in which the classroom teacher and the librarian collaborate, coach, or guide the student in analyzing his or her information needs, locating the information in any of a wide variety of formats or locations, analyzing and synthesizing the information, and finally applying or evaluating the results. The publications in this bibliography are recommended for their relative recency (1990), as well as for the variety of perspective and attention to specific aspects of the method.
Bush, Gail. The School Buddy System: The Practice of Collaboration. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003. ISBN 978-0-8389-0839-6. Librarian, award-winning collaborator, and researcher Gail Bush brings the concept of collaboration to life by outlining tangible steps you can take to inspire collaboration among librarians, teachers, administrators, and all team players involved in K-12 education. Packed with proven tools, including a ready-to-use framework for setting up a collaborative relationship; 40 discussion prompts to help initiate discussion and debate; common characteristics for establishing a collaborative mindset; background research to define the current climate; and thought-provoking quotes from education scholars and practitioners to help you step into the shoes of the other team players. Available from the ALA Online Store or call 866-SHOP ALA (866-746-7252).
Duncan, Donna and Laura Lockhart. I-Search for Success: A How-To-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM for Librarians New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005. ISBN 9781555705107. This new companion guide builds on I-Search, You Search, We All Learn to Research by focusing on content areas. Through 20 lessons school librarians learn how to teach students to develop research questions, locate information, record information and findings, interpret their research, summarize and develop major points, list sources, write and present their reports, and more.
Duncan, Donna, and Laura Lockhart. I-Search, You Search, We All Learn to Research: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Teaching Elementary School Students to Solve Information Problems. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2000. ISBN 1-55570-381-X Adaptation of the innovative I-Search research process for grades 1-6. Includes lesson plans, techniques and evaluation tools. Link is to World Cat, publisher does not link. May be out of print.
Langhorne, Mary Jo, ed. Developing an Information Literacy Program K-12: A How-To-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM Package, 2nd edition. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005. ISBN 9781555705091. An integrated information literacy program developed by the Iowa City Community School District, recipients of the 1997 National School Library Program of the Year Award. Accompanying CD-ROM contains forms, handouts and transparencies for lesson plans and units in Microsoft Word format.
Valenza, Joyce Kasman. Power Tools Recharged: 125+ Essential Forms and Presentations for Your School Library Media Program. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004. ISBN 0-8389-0880-2. A completely revised hands-on guide to address school librarians' most pressing issues. A collection of must-have, customizable tools to help you: administer everyday details and develop policies; assess to measure impact and evaluate success; teach information literacy using simple assignments; support students with hands-on, project-based tools; and make powerful presentations to administrators, teachers, students, parents and community leaders. Available from the ALA Online Store or call 866-SHOP ALA (866-746-7252).
Citation MachineFour major citation styles are offered to help with citing of sources.
Citation Styles Information on the various citation standards, as well as information on plagiarism and when and why to cite sources.
Noodle Tools Tools for note taking, outlining, citation and more.
Purdue Online Writing LabInformation on various components of the research process, as well as citation information.
Resources for Citations From the Duke University Libraries, information on a variety of citations styles is offered,, as well as links to citation management tools.
The first three examples are from the Iowa City Schools.
Toni Buzzeo Form Unit template for school librarian/ classroom teacher collaboration use.
Information Skills Instruction AT&T's Knowledge Network Explorer site on 21st Century Literacies includes material on the different curriculum strategies currently being used by K-12 schools.
Digital Storytelling Resources
Digital Storytelling Tools Link to blog post about web based digital storytelling tools, as well as handouts for many of them.
100 Digital Storytelling Tools Comprehensive listing of online storytelling tools, from Digital Learning Environments.
31 Digital Storytelling Tools Explanations of some digital storytelling sites, from the blog iLearn Technology.
District and State Curriculum Pages
Beyond Proficiency: Achieving a Distinguished Library Media Program This Kentucky Department of Education suggests guidelines for high-quality school library programs. "Paradigm Shift" is especially helpful in curriculum and instruction. "Essentials of a Distinguished Library Media Program" includes integration of library skills into the curriculum.
Information Literacy in the Westford Curriculum From the Westford, MA Public Schools.
Instruction: Library Lesson Plans K-8 from Hanover County, Virginia Offers some plan ideas for grades K-8.
School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas Completely revised in 2005, this document is now learner-centered in all aspects. The standards for ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Technology and Information Access’ are especially relevant to this topic.
Lesson Plan Resources
ArtsEdge Free digital resources from the Kennedy Cener for teaching about the arts.
EconEdLink Economics and personal finance resources for grades K-12.
EDSITEment Resources for teaching language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, history, and social studies.
Google in Education Lesson Plan Resources Free, downloadable and sortable by subject, Google offers a variety of plans for teachers.
Illuminations Online math resources.
Read Write Think From the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Sample Library Lesson Plans From the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.
Science NetLinks Tools and lessons for science instruction in grades K-12.
Smithsonian's History Explorer Variety of resources for history instruction.
S.O. S. for Information Literacy Lesson plans and materials for teaching information literacy.
Thinkfinity Content from many of the above links is included in this collection. The site is also searchable by state standard.
Common Core State Standards Initiative Website for this national initiative.
Educational Standards by State From Education World, this site allows you to search by grade level or topic.