Something else I love about the Common Core State Standards is the centralized role school librarians can play in helping to make a whole school meet the Common Core State Standards in really interesting and authentic ways.
First off, what exactly does the Common Core State Standards Initiative say about the role of librarians in their documents? Nothing. Librarians are never mentioned by title. When the CCSS were first released for public comment in early 2010, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) issued a press release encouraging their members to examine the Standards and comment on them at the CCSS website. The AASL recognized the key role school librarians would play in the implementation of the CCSS.
As students strive to meet the rigor of the Common Core Standards, certified school librarians will play an essential part in ensuring that 21st-Century information literacy skills, dispositions, responsibilities and assessments are integrated throughout all curriculum areas.1
A school librarian is one of a handful of teachers in a school who work with students across grade levels, and across curriculum areas. With the CCSS focus on vertical growth and scaffolding, librarians are uniquely positioned to collaborate with teachers to build on the learning that has occurred in previous school years. In addition, the CCSS place an emphasis on cross-disciplinary learning, putting librarians in the central position to make literacy teaching happen not only in English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms, but also in math classrooms, science labs, social studies classes, and all other areas in the school.
As I see it, written explicitly into the standards or not, librarians fit perfecting into the Common Core puzzle, particularly well in the following three areas:
3. Media and Technology
1 American Association of School Librarians. (2010). School Librarian call to action and AASL position statement issued on Common Core Standards. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/news/pressreleases2010/march2010/core_aasl
2 Common Core State Standards Initiative (2015). English Language Arts Standards. Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/6/
3 ACHIEVE and American Association of School Librarians. (2013). Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The role of the school librarian. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/externalrelations/CCSSLibrariansBrief_FINAL.pdf