We presented at the Upstate Technology Conference in Greenville, SC to a group of administrators about how they can use their media specialist as their Common Core Secret Weapon. Many were pleasantly surprised that they have a wonderful resource already waiting in their schools, and they were overwhelmingly supportive of the ideas that we offered!
We are excited to talk about how we are becoming the Common Core Secret Weapons at our schools at the TL Virtual Cafe on October 1 at 8pm. We hope to "see" many of you there and hear about the ways you are helping to implement the Common Core into your own schools.
Still wondering where you fit in the implementation process at your school? The time is now! Jump right in, and don't wait to be asked to join the party. Bring the party to you! You will quickly become the go to person for calming the fears of the new Common Core Standards. You don't have to know everything about them, I certainly don't, but you can offer what you know best...inquiry, research, resources and literature. You've got it all!
Check out this EdWeek article about the role of the school librarian in Common Core. I think you will see that much of what is being done by librarians around the country is what we have always done, but now we are getting more attention. We don't always crave attention, but that is what is going to make our jobs indispensable. So I challenge you all to get out there, invite yourself to a meeting, talk to your principals and reassure your teachers. Our time is now, and we can all work together to show the education world that we are an integral part of our school teams!