Does anyone else’s finger hurt from jamming the refresh button innumerable times waiting for the new AASL standards to make their online debut? Anyone else buy the app for $12.99 because the FREE PDF DOWNLOAD just wasn’t there yet? Just me? Okay.
The new AASL standards website, http://standards.aasl.org/, features browsing by role (school librarian, administration, parents/guardians, and classroom teachers). This is definitely something I can direct my colleagues to and be proud of, but…. Secretly…. My favorite part is the school librarian site. Features on this abound. Self-advocacy tools, instructions on how to read the new standards, learner videos, and more show that the AASL has gone to great length to make sure the standards and their meanings are accessible by all. Based on six shared foundations, these insightful standards show just how school libraries affect learners.
Shared Foundations Icons (2017). Online Image. Retrieved on November 15, 2017 from http://standards.aasl.org/project/foundations/
So what do these mean? In the simplest terms, the framework can be described as
Rather than a step-by-step process like Bloom’s Taxonomy, the new Standards Framework for the Learner is more fluid in nature. Our patrons will drift from column to column. It is designed to never end; instead, the cycle of fostering life-long learners and responsible members of a global society continues.
You can download your own copy of the Framework here.
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This blog is a joint effort by members of the NSLA Executive Board. We hope to provide relevant information, tips and tools to help you in your journey.