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Developing the Vision: Enhancing Your Professional Practice

American Association of School Librarians, 2010. (web publication)

An article written by Susan Ballard and appearing in the January/February 2010 issue of Knowledge Quest calls on school librarians to reflect on what effective practice looks like and how to best evaluate if they are meeting the needs of their students and school communities.

A 21st Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation

American Association of School Librarians, 2012. (book, available for purchase, 146 pgs.)

Written by Patricia Owen, this book uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators.

Learning4Life (L4) Building Level Toolkit

American Association of School Librarians (AASL), 2010. (web resource)

This toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn more about the key ideas of AASL's learning standards—a framework to which K–12 schools can aspire in creating meaningful student learning opportunities for students—and share those messages with others.

Teaching Screenagers

Educational Leadership, ASCD, 2011. (web publication)

Effectively teaching the digital generation, or screenagers, seems to involve two basics: embracing the tools that kids are immersed in and using these tools to engage students in core curriculum topics. Educational Leadership magazine shares numerous articles on connecting with digital learners.

School Citizenship Climate Assessment

Education Commission of the States (ECS) National Center for Learning and Citizenship and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, 2006. (PDF, 11 pgs.)

An assessment instrument developed to measure characteristics of the school and classroom that relate to civic competencies.

Ready for Tomorrow: Helping All Students Achieve Secondary and Postsecondary Success

A Guide for Governors. National Governors Association, 2003. (PDF, 43 pgs.)

This guide offers advice to states on how to improve schools from kindergarten through college to prepare students to become productive citizens.

Measurement Tools for Evaluating Out-of-School Time Programs: An Evaluation Resource

Harvard Family Research Project, 2008. (PDF, 53 pgs.)

A practical evaluation tool to help practitioners and evaluators choose appropriate evaluation methods for out-of-school time programs.

IES Practice Guide: Dropout Prevention

Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, 2008. (PDF, 72 pgs.)

A review of the evidence on dropout prevention and suggested strategies for practice.

Fundamentals for Student Success in the Middle Grades

Association for Middle level Education, 2007. (web resource)

Free presentation tool that provides an overview of adolescent development, research, and recommendations for middle grades education.

Framework for 21st Century Learning

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2007. (web report)

The Framework for 21st Century Learning, a plan to help students and educators achieve 21st-century learning goals, addresses key concerns by developing a clear vision for student outcomes in the new global economy and defines how school systems can best support them.

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.

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