There are big happenings going on at the state level with regard to the Colorado State Content Standards. As a result of the passage Senate Bill 08-212, all 13 Colorado Model Content Standards are in the process of being revised and refreshed to include 21st Century Skills and Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Skills. Who better to inform the process than Teacher Librarians? We are the experts in 21st Century learning.
I am very pleased to have been asked to serve on the Science Standards Review Sub-Committee, and even more pleased to learn that the Science folks asked for recommendations, resources and documents from the Colorado Technology Leadership Forum (TLF) and Colorado School Library Leaders (CoSLL) Their recommendations are found in 21st Century connections to Colorado Content Standards.doc. I’m not sure if the other content areas asked for similar recommendations, but Science is an excellent place to start.
The intention of the state is to make the standards review process a community driven, transparent process. This provides a wonderful opportunity for Teacher Librarians to advocate for the role of School Libraries and Teacher Librarians in raising student achievement.
Here is how you can stay informed and involved
· Follow the progress and discussions related to the review process at the Colorado Standards Review Wiki
· Read the weekly updates posted on the CDE Colorado Model Content Standards Review Process webpage
· Attend any Standards Review Sub-Committee meetings in your area. These are going to be held around the state as shown on the Standards Review Wiki Planning Calendar (specific locations are still TBD, but keep checking). These meetings are open to the public, and a method for public feedback and commentary will be provided.
· Most importantly, be a resource for your administrator and teachers. Let them know that you are staying informed about the standards revisions, and offer your ideas about how they could be implemented through collaboration between teachers and librarians.
Becky Johnson CASL Board Member at-large