Tags: Friday Finds, National Center for Literacy Education, NCLE
This Friday Finds focuses on one of AASL’s partnerships and collaborations – the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). Formed in 2011 through the joint efforts of the National Council of Teachers and English and the Ball Foundation, the NCLE is composed of 30 stakeholders (including AASL) which have joined forces “to identify and share the plans, practices, support systems, and assessments used by educator teams working to improve literacy learning. NCLE celebrates the work of successful school teams across the country that are achieving remarkable results in advancing literacy learning, and shares what is learned with education policymakers” (NCLE website).
In Fall 2012, school librarians, along with more than 24,000 educators across a wide spectrum of grade levels, disciplines, and types of schools, had the chance to participate in NCLE’s survey on professional learning, Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works. Building on a major finding that school librarians are critically involved as leaders, collaborators, and professional development providers on their campuses, AASL created an infographic (Working Together is Working Smarter) that visually captures the importance of the librarian’s role in learning. The March AASL Hotlinks recently highlighted NCLE’s 2013 follow-up report, Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation, which focuses on the impact of teacher involvement – or lack thereof – in the Common Core implementation process.
A great professional resource for school librarians is the NCLE SmartBrief, an e-newsletter published 3 times a week that spotlights current research, successful strategies and programs, and educational trends. While school libraries are not the sole focus of these updates, librarians who collaborate as key members of the educational team will find excellent data, strategies, and ideas to implement and share, all conveniently delivered to the email inbox.
Check out the wealth of resources that this AASL partner offers on the NCLE website!