School Library System
March 27, 2015
A Note From Jen and Jane
This newsletter has quite a bit of information about the new Social Studies framework and tool kit. Many changes will be implemented at all grade levels next year. Please make sure you are ready - contact the SLS, attend the summer institute listed below, partner with your social studies department, etc. This is an exiting time and you want to be a part of it all!
Please be sure to visit the LibGuide often to make sure that you know about all of the upcoming events taking place. Our calendar page has been updated with information.
Update From the New York State Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
Congratulations to our local librarians who presented at the New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS) annual conference:
- Jill Leinung: The Hudson River: an Interactive Journey into Inquiry and the Common Core
- Stacey Rattner with Karen Harris: Using the NYS Archives' Student Research Awards Competition in the Social Studies Curriculum
- Maureen Squire with Jennifer Allard and Brooke Dickson: Using Inquiry to Create Museum Exhibits
- Jen Cannell with J'aime Pfieffer: Student Success Through the Information Fluency Continuum
The NYSCSS partnered with several organizations, including NYLA's Section of School Librarians (SSL), to create presentation strands. The new social studies framework and the soon to be released tool kit were the highlights of the 3 day conference.
Things to note:
- 84 Inquiries are being developed as part of the toolkit - 6 at each grade level, 12 at grade 12.
- Inquiry!!!! The process demands that teachers begin with a compelling question (similar to an essential question).
- Shifts for Social Studies teachers are highlighted in the C3 Framework (see pictures below).
- The existing Social Studies Standards have not changed.
- Grade level content has not change - although we are moving from memorizing facts to deeper conceptual understanding.
The NYS Social Studies Resource Toolkit - Summer Fun!
The School Library System has funds available for those wishing to attend. Please contact Jen if you are interested.
More information about the conference, schedule of events, and speakers can be found at http://nyscss.org/events/institute/.
The Civil Rights Movement: Teaching with Common Core and Social Studies Framework
Columbia County Librarians
If you are looking for someone to help you in your professional learning, we suggest you reach out to one of the experts:
- Jennifer Two-Axe: Using 3D Printers in School Libraries
- Judy Roehr: Smore - An Engaging Presentation Tool
- Donna Eager and Jeff Selby: Rolling out Chatham's K-12 Research Rubric
AASL School Librarian Showcase
AASL wants to highlight you and the work you are doing for the 30th Anniversary of School Library Month. Please visit http://www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2015/showcase.
School Library Month is about YOU, the School Librarian. For the 30th Anniversary of School Library Month, we want to celebrate school librarians and share your programs. We’ll be showcasing – based on your submissions – the exciting work you are doing to support student achievement and literacy.
Submitting your idea is quick and easy! Here is what we are looking for:
- A picture of you and your program (examples: a selfie in front of a great display, a photo of the program "live and in action," etc.
- A brief description (50 words or less) of your program and how it supports one of or more of the areas outlined in the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/ala%20declaration%208.5%20x%2011%20school%20libraries_Layout%201.pdf>. If you have a website, blog or narrative that relates to your program please include that information as well. You’ll be added to our Pinterest gallery.
- Please include contact information or byline. Please include any social media handles, too.
Your hard work deserves recognition!