According to findings in Building Literacy Capacity: The Conditions for Effective Standards Implementation, a new report out from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), the secret to implementing state standards and creating change in schools is building the shared capacity of educators.
The report details findings from a national survey of K–12 public educators representing all grade levels and subject areas. The findings show a clear correlation between schools where state standards implementation is reportedly going well and schools that invest in educator professional development, rely on educator expertise, and build educator ownership of change.
Such schools demonstrate a “capacity-building” approach. As the report’s lead researcher, Dr. Catherine Awsumb Nelson, explains, “Standards implementation is treated as an organizational learning process, not a compliance exercise. Every element of their implementation strategy focuses on finding ways for educators to work together to build, share, and refine their expertise.”
NCLE will host a live webinar to share key findings at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 13. American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Executive Director Sylvia Knight Norton will participate as a panelist and offer commentary. Register to attend bit.ly/2015NCLEReport-Register.
The full report can be found after 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 13, at bit.ly/BuildingLiteracyCapacity. Five additional reports that take a closer look at how capacity-driven schools approach implementation will come out individually over the next several months.
Author: Jen Habley
Jen Habley is the AASL Manager of Web Communications. She manages the AASL websites, writes press releases, coordinates AASL’s online learning opportunities, and oversees AASL’s web 2.0 tools. When not working, Jen spends time researching her family tree, reading, and watching hockey.