Keep Calm with ALSC and Carry on With the Common Core

Well, the dust of summer reading has barely settled and we are off on to the next adventure.  It’s back to school—with all the eager optimism of fresh beginnings, new outfits and old friends.  This year adds another element; the anticipation that comes with broad adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

In response to the interest and needs of our members, the ALSC School Age Programs and Services Committee gathered an extensive and eclectic group of resources to guide and inspire public library support for parents and our colleagues in the schools.

Drawn from print and electronic sources, selections range from background information on the CCSS to suggestions for partnering for success.

The CCSS emphasis on combining informational texts with literary works offers a rich opportunity to expand collaborations with schools, expound on our knowledge as experts in children’s literature and to integrate nonfiction into our programs beginning as early as storytimes, through booktalks, book discussions groups and STEAM based programming.

The complete list of resources can be seen at http://www.ala.org/alsc/ccss-resources Check it out, share it with you friends and colleagues, and continue the conversation by letting us know what is happening in your community through the comments field below.

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