Today the State Board of Education adopted the national Common Core Standards. Where will library programs and librarians find their place in these standards? I see two obvious connections for us to make. First the standards for reading state “Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.” Providing this type of literature for students and teachers has always been a part of our core mission. The second place is in the infusion of media and technology. The standards state, “Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty-first century, skills related to media use (both critical analysis and production of media) are integrated throughout the standards.” What do you think?
More information on the Common Core is available at: http://corestandards.org/about-the-standards