Innovative, well-designed school library programs can be critical resources for helping students meet high standards of college and career readiness. In School Libraries and Student Learning, Rebecca J. Morris shows how school leaders can make the most of their school libraries to support ambitious student learning. She offers practical strategies for collaboration between school leaders, teachers, and librarians to meet schoolwide objectives in literacy, assessment, student engagement, and inquiry-based learning.
- establishing “makerspaces” and “learning commons” to support student-centered learning;
- developing a schoolwide focus on literacy across multiple formats and devices;
- redesigning lesson plans that foster inquiry and critical thinking across classrooms and grade levels;
- supporting collaboration between teachers and librarians in instruction and assessment; and
- using the library to strengthen ties between school, family, and community.
"This book articulates an innovative conception of the positive influence libraries can exert on academic achievement in today’s schools. At a time when the educational curriculum is restricted to that which is measured by standardized tests, school librarians can collaborate with their teaching brethren to infuse knowledge, creativity, and leadership throughout the K-12 curriculum." —Jose Montelongo, Teachers College Record
"The book will assist school principals and other educational leaders in designing ways to further support cross-curricular literacy and teach informational responsibility." —Edythe B. Austermuhl, School Administrator