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  • 31 May 2018 10:27 PM | Deborah (Administrator)
    This past April and May I have facilitated four workshops/sessions across the State of Vermont on the new National School Library Standards, reaching about 95 Vermont School Librarians. 

    I have adopted the new National School Library Standards to use as performance indicators for our school libraries within our district. I then broke the performance indicators down into learning targets, from which I have constructed my lessons, formative assessments, and summative assessments. 

    Hoping to make the transition to Proficiency-Based Learning and Grading by 2020 a little easier for Vermont School Librarians, I am sharing the Proficiencies, Performance Indicators (AASL), and Learning Targets (skills/competencies - AASL) I created (at the 9th-12th grade level), which can then be modified to meet the needs of students at the elementary and middle school levels.

    Please see the presentation below to learn more. If you have any questions, please contact dehler-hansen@arsu.org. 


  • 15 Apr 2018 3:00 PM | Deborah (Administrator)

    I can't wait to share the new American Association of School Librarians #aasl - National School Library Standards #aaslstandards with Vermont School Librarian colleagues tomorrow! #vsla http://standards.aasl.org/calendar/  


    April 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


    South Burlington High School Library


    Deborah Ehler-Hansen, School Librarian/Media Specialist:


    AFFILIATE ORGANIZATION: Vermont School Library Association

    Workshop Description:

    Deb Ehler-Hansen, VSLA’s AASL Affiliate Representative, will be providing a New National School Library Standards Training Session for all K-12 school librarians. During this evening session, she will introduce the new standards and explain how the standards align perfectly with with our proficiency-based learning environment. She will provide examples of how to create performance indicators and associated learning targets, using the new standards, to support student learning outcomes in your local school district. #aaslstandards #vsla

  • 18 Mar 2018 10:07 PM | Deborah (Administrator)

    The framework for the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries has been built upon the four domains from 2007 AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner and our roles within the domains from Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs2009.

    I.  The four domains from the Standards for the 21st Century Learner are:
    1. Think
    2. Create
    3. Share
    4. Grow.

    II.  Our roles from Empowering Learners are:
    1.  Leader
    2. Instructional Partner
    3. Information Specialist
    4. Teacher
    5.  Program Administrator.

    III.  The new National School Library Standards are also built upon the following Common Beliefs:
    1. The school library is a unique and essential part of a learning community.
    2. Qualified School Librarians lead effective school libraries.
    3. Learners should be prepared for college, career, and life.
    4. Reading is the core of personal and academic competency.
    5. Intellectual freedom is every learner's right.
    6. Information technologies must be appropriately integrated and equitably available.
    Please click here to learn more about the Common Beliefs.

    IV.  The new National School Library Standards are also built upon six Shared Foundations, as seen in the image below. According to the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, "Each Shared Foundation is a one-word idea encompassing each standard" (ALA 2018).


    Please click here to learn more about the six Shared Foundations.

    V.  In addition, the new National School Library Standards are built upon ​Key CommitmentsAccording to the new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, "...the Key Commitments are expressed by the Alignments included in each functional Domain" (ALA 2018). The six Key Commitments for  Learners are as follows...Learners who hare empowered to deepen their own learning will:
    1. acquire new knowledge by thinking critically and solving problems;
    2. operate in global society by interacting with and acknowledging the perspectives of others;
    3. work with others to achieve common goals;
    4. collect, organize, and share sources;
    5. harness curiosity and employ a growth mindset to explore and discover; and
    6. follow ethical and legal guidelines while engaging with information. 

    VI.  The new National School Library Standards are also built upon Competencies, which according to the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, "...may be used as a progression of knowledge, skills, and dispositions" (ALA 2018).

                                                      Key Vocabulary
    Shared Foundation: 
    This level describes the core values that learners, school librarians, and shared libraries should reflect and promote. The six Shared Foundations of Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage were derived from our research and community input. Each Shared Foundation is also inherent in your Common Beliefs. 
    Key Commitment: The Key Commitments spell out the essential components of the Shared Foundations. Consider Key Commitments as expanded definitions of the Shared Foundations.
    Domains: As mentioned earlier in this chapter, the interlinked nature of school librarians’ roles is translated into the learning categories of Think, Create, Share, and Grow.
    Competencies: For learners and school librarians the Key Commitments are put into practice by doing the actions that demonstrate mastery of the core Competencies included in each functional Domain. Think, Create, Share, Grow may be seen as a continuum mirroring the inquiry process, from Discovery and questioning through to sharing the results of one’s work and reflecting on the process. The Competencies are not intended to be only linear, but may be used as a progression of knowledge, skills, and dispositions. 
    Alignments: In school libraries the Key Commitments are expressed by the Alignments included in each functional Domain.
    Key Vocabulary terms from the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. ALA, 2018.

    ​Please email dehler-hansen@arsu.org, if you have any questions.

  • 11 Mar 2018 10:37 PM | Deborah (Administrator)

    Yes, this is a big year for NESLA and for school librarianship! To honor the 100th anniversary of NESLA (the oldest school library association in the country!), NESLA is offering a reduced membership fee of $10 and a lottery that one school librarian in each New England State will win. 

    To learn more, please access this flyer! The flyer contains all the details about the March Madness Membership Drive, and the fall conference, where NESLA is planning to celebrate its 100 years: Dancing with the Stars: Honoring the Past and Stepping into the Future. 

  • 09 Mar 2018 1:28 PM | Deborah (Administrator)
    The new National School Library Standards - Released  in November 2018 replace:

    HOWEVER, We Have Kept Our Four Functional Domains (AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner 2007).


    We Have Also Kept Our Roles Within the Domains (Empowering Learners 2009).


    Stay tuned for the next blog post on the new National School Library Standards Common Beliefs! Use this link to access my AASL National School Library Standards blog. 

    If you have any questions, please email: dehler-hansen@arsu.org

  • 22 Feb 2018 11:10 AM | Deborah (Administrator)
    Please be sure to sign up for the webinar "Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library" - presented by Susan Ballard and Sara Kelly Johns

    When? Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central
    According to the AASL website, "Participants will be introduced to the language of competencies as part of the structure of the National School Library Standards (NSLS). The intentional shift from outcomes to competencies in the standards is designed to better align the AASL framework with other education standards and provide increased opportunities for learners, school librarians, and school libraries to thrive in a more personalized learning environment.

    Learning Outcomes
    Learning Objective: Learner Competencies
    Participants will examine the role of competencies within the six Shared Foundations as a continuum on which school librarians and school libraries empower learners to master competencies in the domains of Think, Create, Share, and Grow.

    Learning Objective: School Librarian Competencies
    Participants will explore how the school librarian competencies parallel those of the learner, and emphasize the integrated nature of a comprehensive learning environment.

    Learning Objective: School Library Competencies
    Participants will recognize the school library as an environment for learners and school librarians to develop competence and achieve mastery relating to educational content and tools.

    Learning Objective: Assessment/Evaluation of Competencies
    Participants will recognize the importance of the assessment and evaluations processes as described in the NSLS that measure progress toward competency for learners, school librarians, and the school library. 

    Cost is FREE! 

    To register, please use this link:  Register via GoToWebinar.

    A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar."

    ​For more information, please click here.

    Email: dehler-hansen@arsu.org

  • 22 Feb 2018 11:04 AM | Deborah (Administrator)

    Please Note: To view the original AASL Standards blog, please click here.

    To understand where we have been, in terms of school library standards, and how we arrived at the point where we are today, please take a moment to reflect upon the following timeline of events.

    * 2017 - National School Library Standards (AASL 2017):" School Library" 

    • Inquire
    • Include
    • Collaborate
    • Curate
    • Explore
    • Engage
    * 2009 - Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs (AASL 2009).
    * 2007 - Standards for the 21st Century Learner (AASL 2007): Think, Create, Share, Grow!

    "School Librarian"
    • Leadership
    • Inquiry
    • Assessment
    • Integration
    1998 - Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning (AASL and AECT 1998)
    "School Library Media Specialist"
    • Partnerships
    • Technology
    • Internet
    * 1988 - Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (AASL and AECT 1988)
    "School Library Media Program"
    • Physical Access
    * 1961 - 1987: Standards and Societal Change.
    "Media Programs: District and School (AASL and AECT 1975), reflected a greater emphasis on the librarian's role in teaching learners to communicate ideas through media creation as well as through information use (ALA 2018)."
    * 1920 - 1959:  Foundational Work. 
    1920's - "The Certain standards' focus on high-quality instruction and student engagement placed school librarians at the center of teaching and learning (ALA 2018)."
    1945 - School Library Standards - School Libraries for Today and Tomorrow: Functions and Standards (ALA et al. 1945)...In these standards, school librarians were expected to have deep knowledge of their collections and to be knowledgeable about their learners' reading abilities and preferences (ALA 2018). 

    View this video, to hear first reactions of the NEW AASL Standards.

    Email: dehler-hansen@arsu.org

  • 22 Feb 2018 10:40 AM | Deborah (Administrator)

    ***To view the original blog for learning the AASL Standards, please view and subscribe to this link

    This is the first post of the new AASL Standards blog. I will be releasing mini bites of information, in a progressive manner, to help you learn all about the new school library standards.

    The new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards were released in November, 2017. According to the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, (ALA 2018) "The AASL Standards frameworks are composed of Shared Foundations, explanatory Key Commitments, competency Domains, Competencies, and Alignments." These "...core components" (ALA 2018) are part of each of the three separate frameworks...one for Learners, the second for School Librarians, and the third for School Libraries. 

    The new standards were developed with these Common Beliefs in mind. 

    Please view this video to learn how the standards have evolved, but yet, are still familiar to us all.

    Please view this video, to learn about the new standards structure.

    Any questions? Please contact me at: dehler-hansen@arsu.org

  • 13 Feb 2018 4:12 PM | Kristen

    Please use the link for this month's musings!


    Kristen Eckhardt

    Danville School

    Danville, VT

  • 13 Dec 2017 3:12 PM | Kristen

    One at a Time

    Yep, that’s me. Nudging these kids, one a time, to access current, vetted resources through the myriad of Google alternatives residing on the school library website! If you are like me and see large classes of middle school students each week, but seldom get to spend quality time with each student individually during it, you might have discovered that sometimes your database sales pitch simply works best in the rare moments that simply present themselves, as opposed to the en masse approach in class. It’s what I am up to these days, and it’s pretty fun.

    It happens every week: twenty-odd 7th graders leave one of my digital citizenship classes looking a little worn out from another long day of school (I have all my middle school classes last period!), and I despair that hardly a one really got the message about using the current, accessible, relevant and trustworthy resources available to them through the library. I pin the links everywhere--the library site, the shared class docs, the e-newsletter to families each month, on hand-outs at the circulation desk and signs at the desktops--seriously, I can’t get enough. But I still worry that these kids aren’t paying attention and using them enough. So I have a new technique.

    The first part of it is being aware when opportunities are presenting themselves for the database sneak-attack. Instead of continuing on with what I am doing--shelving, processing a book, planning the next day’s lessons, insert-another-task-here--I force myself to connect with the student who has just meandered in. I casually say hi, ask if he or she is reading any good books lately...then, I go for the gold...I find out what kind of research project is going on in a core subject. And, just like that, I have that kid hooked to come on over to the computers so I can showcase the perfect resource we have for whatever topic was just mentioned.

    I have done it twice today. Now, I could get depressed that the 8th graders last period seemed to be Googling too much to find research for their class newspaper pieces, but instead I am going to look for the positive in the afternoon--that after lunch I got two students using VT Online for their up-to-the-minute research on designer babies. That was awesome. They were into it. They “never knew this stuff was here, Mrs. Eckhardt!” Um, okay, I’ve been carrying on about it all fall, but whatever. They joined the ranks of database users at Danville School and I am thrilled. So are they. Their research projects will be awesome.

    So, that’s my goal--to quietly and simply hook a kid or two a day on database usage. No, it’s not a lot. No it doesn’t make the earth shake in some instantaneously noticeable way. But it does change things--the flow of accurate information, students’ understandings and perceptions, the quality of their work...and pretty soon it might just be a normal thing that the whole upper school is bonkers about using databases instead of the www at large. I could get back to that pile of books that need covering, or that shelf-reading...nah, I’ll probably just ask to read their final papers.

    -Kristen Eckhardt, M.Ed, LMS

     Danville School Library

     Danville, VT

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