Go Beyond the Core with the Jan/Feb 2014 Issue

Cover_JanFeb 2014The January/February 2014 Knowledge Quest theme is Beyond the Core. This issue offers current thinking and viewpoints on the Common Core State Standards from outside stakeholders such as staff of public instruction offices, curriculum developers, school administrators, program administrators, critics, and teachers – new grist from many mills for school librarians’ consideration.

About the Guest Editor

BJ McCracken is a school librarian at Great Falls (MT) High School. She is also an adjunct instructor at College of Great Falls-MSU in the Communications Department and instructor for their Montana Institute for Educational Technology. Among her professional affiliations are AASL, YALSA, FRT, LIRT, and Montana Library Association.

Read the Guest Editor column, “Common Core from the Outside Looking In” by BJ.

Listen to a podcast interview with with BJ about the issue on “Beyond the Core.”

Knowledge Quest, Volume 42, No. 3 – Beyond the Core


Idaho Adopted Higher Standards to Better Prepare All Students for College and Careers
By Luci Willits

Virginia Standards Predated the Common Core Initiative

Beyond the Classroom: How Lexile Measures Are Being Used in the Library to Achieve College and Career Readiness
By Malbert Smith III, Anne Schiano, and Elizabeth Lattanzio

The Beneficiation of Education
By April J. Senger

The Common Core: A Disaster for Libraries, a Disaster for Language Arts, a Disaster for American Education
By Stephen Krashen

Common Vision—Shared Goals
By Chris M. Olszewski

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: What Is the School Librarian’s Role?
By Ruth Uecker, Shelly Kelly, and Marni Napierala

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: A Dozen Messages from the New York Common Crier
By Paige Jaeger

WebCHECK: The Website Evaluation Instrument
By Ruth V. Small and Marilyn P. Arnone

The Value of School Librarian Support in the Digital World
By Linda M. Ballew

This Is Not Your Grandma’s Library: How Today’s School Libraries Can Help Students Meet the Common Core State Standards
By Jan Mader


Technology Quest Column
Augmenting Learning with Marqueed
By Heather Moorefield-Lang

L4L Column
Demonstrating the Essential Role of the School Librarians
By Maegan Coffin Heindel, Kathleen Riopelle Roberts, Amy Jo Southworth, and Stephanie A. Thomas

CBC Column
Storytelling Your Way into the Common Core and Beyond
By Margaret Read MacDonald, Jennifer MacDonald Whitman and Nathaniel Forrest Whitman


President’s Column
Common Thoughts on Common Topics
By Gail K. Dickinson

Letter from the Executive Director
AASL’s Path Forward
By Sylvia Knight Norton

Guest Editor Column
Common Core from the Outside Looking In
BJ McCracken

Author: Meg Featheringham, KQ Editor

Meg Featheringham is responsible for the development and production of the AASL journal, Knowledge Quest. When not working at AASL, Meg enjoys playing euchre, attending concerts and plays, spending time with family and friends, and reading (of course).

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