A Common Core Learning Standards Summit For Librarians
This fall, librarians from the Garden City High School Library presented at a summit at the Garden City Public Library on the changes to the curriculum as a result of New York State’s new Common Core Learning Standards. Along with the Garden City High School librarians, the summit also featured presentations from Donna Rosenblum, the librarian at Floral Park Memorial High School and a professor at Queens College, and Renee McGrath, Youth Services Manager for Nassau Library System. Barbara Grace, a Children’s Librarian at the Garden City Public Library was the organizer of this event that brought librarians together to educate parents and other community members about the new standards and changes. The summit was a true representation of the collaborative spirit that exists between the school library and the community. In August of 2012, Marge Kelly, the Young Adult librarian at the Garden City Public library, reached out to the librarians at Garden City High School to ask if they would be willing to present on this important topic. High school librarians Margaux DelGuidice and Lois Kuster were grateful for the opportunity to reach out to their school’s community and also to work collaboratively, once again, with the public library. Overall, the summit presentations focused on the increased rigor that the Common Core Standards will bring on a K-12 level across all areas of the curriculum. The librarians from the Garden City High School library focused on their role in supporting these curriculum shifts, while Donna Rosenblum provided a comprehensive overview of the standards and Renee McGrath focused on the resources available to help make children “reading ready” before they enter into formal schooling. Useful information was gleaned by all audience members including parents and attending librarians from the public library as they learned how they may offer support for the new standards. Both organizations look forward to continuing and expanding their collaborative relationship to increase support for their students and patrons.
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