Getting It Out of Your System: Services You Didn’t Know Your System Provided
SLSA - Common Core: NY is Ready!
By Melissa Jacobs-Israel
Over the last two years, there has been a buzz in education around critical thinking skills, text complexity, college and career readiness skills, and building rigor in student learning. This buzz stems from the instructional shifts generated by the widely adopted Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). Forty-six states across the US are in the process of adapting their educational practices, aligning standards, and modifying instruction to help prepare students for success in the real world.
In spite of all the conversations around CCLS, many educators initially exposed to the Common Core walk away anxious, confused and overwhelmed. Although there is this level of apprehension felt in many instructional positions in New York State, school librarians across the Empire State are in a much better position than most because the School Library System Association of NY State (SLSA) has recently endorsed the New York City School Library System Information Fluency Continuum (IFC), re-branding it the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, The Empire State IFC is a K-12 curriculum that aligns with the CCLS seamlessly.
The Information Fluency Continuum was developed by school librarians in NYC as a K-12 curriculum to teach inquiry and information literacy and was realigned in 2010 to correlate with the American Association School Librarian’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Built around the Stripling Model of Inquiry, the IFC provides a scaffolded approach to teaching inquiry and information literacy skills. As stated in the IFC’s introduction, “information fluency skills and strategies are an integral part of learning in any subject area. The librarian in collaboration with the classroom teacher can most effectively teach so that students are using these skills to learn essential content. Some of the skills may be incorporated into classroom instruction; others will be most effectively taught in the library setting. Wherever they are taught, these information fluency skills are pivotal in helping all of our children become independent learners.”