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As shown by MetLife's 2010 "Survey of the American Teacher," America's educators strongly believe that all students should graduate from high school ready for college and a career (85 percent). Additionally, according to MetLife's 2009 survey, 86 percent of teachers believe that setting high expectations for students will improve student achievement to that end. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are strongly aligned with those sentiments. The success of such change requires the thoughtful attention of school leaders. As such, this Action Brief for school librarians is offered as a "starting point," designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders--who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources--with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. This Action Brief provides no-cost takeaways and action steps that school leaders and librarians can begin to put into practice in their schools today. The brief also features rich examples of how librarians might integrate the CCSS into their work to impact teaching and learning in a CCSS environment.

Descriptors: State Standards, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Role, Program Implementation, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Best Practices, Instructional Innovation, Literacy, Mathematics Education, Demonstrations (Educational), Evaluation Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Education

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