School librarians within CA BOCES are having an amazing year!
Whether it’s borrowing books from other school libraries to prepare students for a multi-school reading competition, providing a maker space where grades 7-12 compete to see whose best at repurposing odds and ends, promoting OverDrive’s class sets to teachers, or using instructional strategies to engage all learners, school librarians are exploring a range of techniques for whole class and group work, guided learning, and individual activities.
On January 17, school librarians reviewed the new National School Library Standards which complement and strengthen content standards. Focusing on the six Shared Foundations (Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage) and school librarian Competencies, each librarian chose one competency of strength and one that needs strengthening and were challenged to come back to our next meeting on February to share examples of personal growth and impact on student learning.
Recently, librarians at Franklinville and Friendship had students write letters to Senator Catharine Young and Assemblyman Joe Giglio. Students not only learned how to properly address an envelope (and where to place a stamp), but crafted hand-written letters expressing why their school library and librarian is important to them. In the afternoon of the January CLC, school librarians participated in civic engagement by meeting with Assemblyman Joe Giglio and a representative from Senator Young’s office at St. Bonaventure’s Friedham Memorial Library, where the receipt of students’ letters mentioned.
Meeting with state representatives provided librarians from public, academic, and school libraries to share why library funding is critical. Specifically, the need for broadband access so students can complete homework. Although a student may have access to a cell phone, the monthly data plan is quickly exceeded when accessing databases or other sites needed for homework. This was a meaningful experience for school librarians. (Photos below by Danielle Newman, librarian at Fillmore Central School @FscLibraries ).
By: Cece Fuoco, CA BOCES Learning Resources