School librarians are effective teachers who demonstrate knowledge of learners and learning. They model and promote collaborative planning, instruction in multiple literacies, and inquiry-based learning, enabling members of the learning community to become effective users and creators of ideas and information. They design and implement instruction that engages students’ interests and develops their ability to inquire, think critically, gain and share knowledge.
1.1 Knowledge of learners and learning
School librarians demonstrate knowledge of learning styles, stages of human growth and development, and cultural influences on learning. They assess learner needs and design instruction that reflect best practices in teaching. They support the learning of various members of the educational community including those with diverse learning styles, physical and intellectual abilities and needs. School Librarians base instruction oninterests and needs and link it to the assessment of student achievement.
1.2 Effective and knowledgeable teacher
School librarians implement the principles of effective teaching and learning that contribute to an active, inquiry-based approach to learning. They use a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools to design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments in partnership with classroom teachers and other educators. They document and communicate the impact of collaborative instruction on student achievement.
1.3 Instructional partner
School librarians model, share, and promote effective principles of teaching and learning as collaborative partners with other educators. They participate in curriculum development, engage in school improvement processes, and offer professional development to various members of the educational community as it relates to library and information use.
1.4 Integration of twenty-first century skills and learning standards
School librarians advocate for twenty-first century literacy skills to support the learning needs of the school community. They collaborate with other teachers to plan and implement instruction based on of the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learnerand curriculum standards. They employ strategies to integrate multiple literacies with content curriculum. School librarians integrate the use of technologies as a means for effective and creative teaching and to support PreK-12 students’ conceptual understanding, critical thinking and creative processes.