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ERIC Number: EJ1045948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Opportunity Knocks! Inquiry, the New National Social Studies and Science Standards, and You
Ratzer, Mary Boyd
Knowledge Quest, v43 n2 p64-70 Nov-Dec 2014
To be recognized and adopted, the promise and potential of national standards must validate the instructional role of the school librarian and build formative knowledge through authentic process and products. Inquiry is a direct link to those dimensions. Standards that are rigorous and relevant optimize the developing brain's affinity for building relationships among ideas, attending to what is compelling, and making sense out of information. Strategic school librarians heed the news flash. Opportunity is knocking. The school librarian who recognizes the potential of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards opens a doorway to rigorous collaborative practice aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To the benefit of school library programs, CCSS ELA literacy standards are a part of these 2013 inquiry-driven packages of social studies and science standards. Exploring these road maps for teaching social studies and science puts the school librarian on the entrance ramp to relevant and meaningful practice in a curricular domain. Assimilating these frameworks engages teachers and school librarians in curriculum transformed for critical thinking, research, and life-long learning. Developing a deep understanding of these frameworks pulls the school librarian into the high-occupancy vehicle lane on the learning highway. Partnering with grade-level teachers and subject specialists, the school librarian is not stuck alone in a reactive gridlock. Leading for learning, the school librarian is in a vehicle geared to college- and career-readiness, and learners who think, create, share, and grow--learners for life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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