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Davenport, Allan; Mattson, Kristen – Knowledge Quest, 2018
In the spring of 2015, Dr. Karen Sullivan, superintendent of Indian Prairie School District 204 in Aurora, Illinois, signed the Alliance for Excellent Education's Future Ready Pledge, "making a firm commitment to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district's vision…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Cooperation, Educational Change, Organizational Change
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Rinio, Deborah – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Teacher and librarian collaboration is a main theme in school librarianship, education research, and professional literature. Now, within the American Association of School Librarians' "National School Library Standards," collaboration is one of the six Shared Foundations on which the standards are based. Improving collaboration in…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), School Libraries, Library Administration, Standards
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Stefl-Mabry, Joette – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The field of school librarianship has long called for stronger evidence related to school libraries and student achievement (Stefl-Mabry and Raddick 2017; Stefl-Mabry et al. 2016; Morris and Cahill 2017). This article outlines a systematic method for school librarians to document student learning and provide tangible confirmation of their…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Evidence Based Practice, Formative Evaluation, Academic Achievement
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Miller, Shannon McClintock; Ray, Mark – Knowledge Quest, 2018
As part of the national Future Ready Librarians initiative at the Alliance for Excellent Education, Mark Ray and Shannon McClintock Miller serve as national advocates for school library programs and librarians. Mark and Shannon began their library advocacy careers in school libraries. For eight years, Shannon was the district librarian in Van…
Descriptors: Librarians, Advocacy, Library Services, School Libraries
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Lofton, Jane – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Cultivating partnerships is a crucial advocacy strategy for school library associations building support for the work they do. School librarians cannot do their work in isolation, so it makes sense for their associations to reach out to other associations whose members work with or could potentially support school libraries and school library…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Associations, Agency Cooperation
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Cline, Allison; Norton, Sylvia Knight; Merola, Marci – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offered a significant opportunity for school librarians; it also created opportunities to partner with school librarians on their efforts to be included in their states' educational plans. This three-part article explores the development and rollout of the American Association of School…
Descriptors: Librarians, Advocacy, Workshops, Statewide Planning
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Hand, Dorcas – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Catalyst: Another newspaper article ("Ranks of School Librarians Dwindle in HISD, Statewide" in the October 7, 2013, "Houston Chronicle") detailing another decision by a Houston Independent School District (HISD) campus principal to eliminate the librarian (Mellon 2013). In response to this article, Dorcas Hand, an experienced…
Descriptors: School Libraries, School Districts, Librarians, Library Role
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Murphy, Peggy Henderson – Knowledge Quest, 2018
English Language Learner (ELL) students are sometimes a small constituency. Many resources already in the library can be used to enhance their language acquisition, confidence, and cultural fluency--resources such as graphic novels, hi-lo books, and makerspace materials. This article discusses enhancing language acquisition, confidence, and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, English Language Learners, Librarians, Second Language Learning
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Crockett, Lee Watanabe – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Librarians are leaders in growing global digital citizens. The libraries of the future are more than just housing centers for books and media. They are invigorating meeting places and communities where truly meaningful learning and discovery take place. As technology has transformed reading and learning, it has also transformed the vision of the…
Descriptors: Librarians, Role, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Burns, Elizabeth – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The modern school library is a complex social setting "grounded in standards and best practice" (AASL 2018). The new "National School Library Standards" have refreshed the student learning standards and aligned new Shared Foundations to the school library. Additionally, the competencies for learners are now complemented by…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Administration, National Standards
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Blakemore, Megan – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Makerspaces, collaborative workspaces stocked with materials and tools for creating, building, designing, and learning, are becoming more and more common in schools and, in particular, in school libraries. Makerspaces in the school library allow for connections between making and literacy. Indeed, such connections are authentic and natural as…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking
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Figueroa, Miguel A. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Futurists and foresight professionals offer several guiding principles for thinking about the future. These principles can help people to think about the future and become more powerful players in shaping the preferred futures they want for themselves and their communities. The principles also fit in well as strategies to support the Future Ready…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Librarians, School Libraries, Models
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Keeling, Mary – Knowledge Quest, 2018
What is the future of urban school libraries? The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) "National School Library Standards" offer a framework for school librarians to reflect on how they can tailor their professional practice to serve their specific school communities. Through the lens of the standards, school librarians can…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Libraries, Library Administration, Standards
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Johnson, Craig; Subbian, Arun; Bhojwani, Heeru; Bishop, Rachel – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Social, professional, and learning networks have altered the way humans deal with the volume of information that bombards them daily. Traditionally, the library has served as a center of information in our schools. Because the availability and access to information has changed, many institutions, in both business and education, have chosen to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Schools, School Libraries, Library Role
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Mardis, Marcia A.; Kimmel, Sue C.; Pasquini, Laura A. – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The Colorado Study (Lance, Wellborn, and Hamilton-Pennell 1993) and its many replications in other states have demonstrated that when educators and learners had access to a qualified school librarian in the context of a thoughtfully built, adequately resourced, technology rich, and widely accessible school library, learners tended to flourish on…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Science, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship
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