The new school year is well underway in my library district and the library has been humming with research papers and book reports since late August. New this year to our school districts, though, is the adaptation of the Common Core State Standards.
What is Common Core? It is an effort to create educational standards across the many states to ensure that all children are meeting the same set of educational requirements. According to Common Core’s website:
“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. “
Common Core is reshaping curriculums in schools across the country, and as the schools begin to adapt to this change, both school libraries and public libraries are, too.
In order to have a better understanding of Common Core and what materials and resources a library can provide to support the new standards, a vast variety of online resources have been created online. here is a beginner’s list to some of the web’s most helpful sites, created with the help of my library’s excellent School Services Coordinator:
- School Librarians and the Common Core Standards: Resources
- Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Teacher Resources: Find Lesson Plans (and More) That Meet Your CCSS Needs
- SLJ’s Resources on the Common Core
- The Common Core Conversation
- Common Core State Standards: Resources from Booklist Publications
- The Uncommon Corps: Champions of Nonfiction Literature for Children and Young Adults
Is your library adapting to Common Core? If so, what resources do you recommend?