Caitlin Ahearn, Londonderry Middle School
Caitlin recorded this video during her first year as a middle school librarian. She shares some simple ways she works with teachers in her school.
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Angie Miller, Inter-Lakes High School
As a previous English teacher, Angie wanted to make sure that her library offered partnered support in writing. Working with faculty recommendations, she invited students to become writing consultants. The writing consultants trained with Angie, in the library, examining strategies to run successful conferences for writers of all abilities in all disciplines. They calibrated their writing expectations by using sample student papers as common ground for discussions, used tutorials and readings on the practice of consulting, and became familiar with the Common Core Writing Standards. Writers schedule themselves for conferences, and bring their assignment as well as the writing piece so that consultants can assist them in meeting teacher expectations, while also personalizing the feedback process.
With the guidance and advisory of the local university writing center, Inter-Lakes Writing Center became the first high school, student-led writing center in the state of New Hampshire. Through the creation of the writing center, Angie has become a leader in Common Core Writing Standard implementation, while also elevating the culture of writing within the building. You can visit their website here.
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Jessica Gilcreast, Bedford High School
In a school of 1500 high school students, Jessica didn't have time to co-teach with every teacher in her school, so she create a flipped library curriculum.
Teachers embed chunks of the library information literacy scaffolding videos and instructions into their classes. Teachers can choose from a variety of skills, grade levels, and tools to share with their students. And then.. Jessica uses her time to visit the class when the students are actually using the skills and resources they learned. Voila! Check out Jessica's lessons at: http://bhslibguides.sau25.net/plagiarismandcopyright
Through the development of a flipped library classroom, Jessica has led her school in the integration of vital research skills that will prepare her students for college and career.
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Pam Harland, Sanborn Regional High School
When Pam arrived at Sanborn five years ago, she was thrilled to see a lot of research happening across the curriculum. Students in English, Social Studies, Science, Technology, World Languages, and Wellness were reading, using the online databases, and writing throughout the semester. However, she quickly realized that instruction was all over the place. Science teachers said one thing while English said something else. Pam approached the English teachers to work with her on creating a single school-wide research rubric for use across the content areas. They used the research language from the Common Core and developed a simple to use rubric teachers could easily insert into any level of research: from formative to summative projects. They relied heavily on this rubric scoring guide to keep the language reader friendly and objective while the content remained challenging.
Through the creation of the school-wide research rubric, students are getting a consistent message about making claims, finding evidence, and citing their sources. Pam's leadership has improved instruction and aligned research across all content areas. You can use and adapt any of Pam's research tools on her website.
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