I have been thrilled to collaborate with four amazing colleagues from across the country to develop these ideas and share our expertise. Below you'll find the introduction to our presentation at ALA, the American Library Association, and then the slides from our presentation.
There are many criticisms launched at the Common Core standards, ranging from concerns with the speed of implementation to issues surrounding the assessment of students and teachers. Yes, each of us has our concerns, that’s for sure. But we also know that this is our reality. Our schools are implementing these standards and so we want to try to have a positive attitude. The glass is half full.
We must be part of the conversation and look at how our expertise helps teachers engage students with nonfiction, develop their reading skills, and deepen their critical thinking. Districts and policy makers are going forward with the Common Core. We can either jump on board and take part in the conversation, influencing it in a way that will be good for kids, or we can stay on the sidelines and watch it go by.
Above all else, we want to make reading nonfiction fun, exciting and interesting for students.
Below is the presentation we made at ALA. I loved developing this presentation my colleages, and can't wait to continue developing our body of work.
Special thanks go to my remarkable colleagues and collaborators:
- Alyson Beecher- Literacy Specialist, Pasedena Unified School District (California) kidlitfrenzy.com
- Louise Capizzo- Youth Services Librarian, Scarborough Public Library (Maine) nonfictiondetectives.com
- Cathy Potter-School Librarian, Falmouth Elementary School (Maine) (maine) nonfictiondetectives.com
Please share our slides and PDFs with colleagues and friends. Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to continuing our collaboration through the school hear.
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