Involving Librarians in the Implementation of Common Sense Media's Curriculum

July 21, 2011
Audrey Stokes Associate Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES In the Classroom

Nancy Grant, a Media Specialist at Penquis Valley High School (Milo, Maine) and Technology Chairperson for the Maine School Library Association, has played an instrumental part in implementing Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum at her school.  As a leader in her school, Nancy solicited the help of two teachers she felt could implement the curriculum for Penquis’s pilot program. Throughout the implementation process, Nancy has mentor teachers at her school is a perfect example of how librarians should be involved.

In Maine, school librarians (along with technology integrators and administrator) are part of Maine Leadership Technology Initiative School Leadership teams.  Best practice in schools should involve the school librarian as part of the planning team because librarians:

  • Partner with staff to educate students – A good professional librarian is a partner with the staff and help in educating students.
  • Develop Curriculum – They help develop the curriculum and know where units fit into the larger picture.
  • Integrate Resources as Information Specialists – They integrate resources into teaching and model skills so that students and staff become effective, ethical users of information.
  • Advocate for Technology – Librarians advocate for technology use in their schools and often teach staff how to use the technology effectively.