Learning Standards & Common Core State Standards Crosswalk – AASL
The following PDFs include tables that help school librarians learn how the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the Common Core State Standards align.
Working Together Is Working Smarter – School Library Teachers and Collaboration
Infographic from National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) details key findings regarding school library teachers from their new report:
Remodeling Literacy: Making Room For What Works – found on the AASL website
“School librarians play a critical role in building a school’s collective capacity. Responses overwhelmingly indicated collaboration with classroom teachers among the top types of literacy support school librarians provide.”
BPS Instructional Research and Development (formerly “Curriculum and Instruction”)
“This change is more than a name – it signifies we are moving toward ensuring our work is deeply rooted in research as we consider every student in the Boston Public Schools.” – from the IR&D Home page
.Boston Public Library
Use your Boston Public Library card to access additional resources such as Credo Reference, ERIC, JSTOR, Grove Music Online, Learning Express Library, Overdrive (eBooks, audio books, music and video), Powerspeak Languages, Tutor.com SkillsCenter and many other databases.
Database for Education Research
Mainly full-text collection of over 1100 periodicals and 200 reports for educational research. Represents every educational specialty including technology, health and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding and policy.
Resource for beginning learners and researchers in grades 1-9; articles and images from more than 1,900 newspapers, magazines, and documents, along with 9,000+ educational web links. Search by Lexile level to differentiate learning.
Britannica Online Resources
For teachers: See the video tutorials listed below to learn how to use Britannica School with your classes. You will need a “school code” to set up your My Britannica for Educators account. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (from your BPS email account) to obtain this code.
Comprehensive encyclopedia meeting the reference needs for grades pre-K-12 students with separate interfaces for each level. Includes Elementary, Middle and School Editions and Learning Zone for ages 4 to 7.
General Popular, Academic, and Reference Databases
Designed for high school students. Includes mainly full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books covering current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
A periodical resource of full-text peer-reviewed content; 10,000+ journals and reference works covering all subjects. Includes full-text of The New York Times back to 1995 and NPR & CNN transcripts & podcasts.
In Context Databases (Web-like design, rich multimedia–images, audio, video)
Covers today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Over 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays and 5,000+ topic overviews. More than 400 titles from the Greenhaven Press Series.
Covers earth science, life science, space, technology, and math & science history. 22,000+ topic overviews, 7,000 biographies, and 170+ experiments. Publications like Science Weekly, Science News and The Science Teacher.
A complete overview of U.S. history; covers the most-studied events, issues & current information. Full-text periodicals, reference works, primary documents & scholarly analysis. Includes Newsweek, American Heritage and The Historian.
Covers 5,000 years from antiquity to the present. Multicultural and global scholarly analysis, full-text periodicals, reference works, and primary documents. 600+ historical maps, atlases and other images.
Understand today’s world issues from a global perspective. Covers a wide variety of subject areas: sociology, current events, civics, politics, science, economics, cultural/religious studies, women’s studies, and human rights.
Nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals. Reference material, periodical information and multimedia content. High interest topic pages.
Designed for middle school students. Includes mainly full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books covering current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Literature & Reading Databases
135,000+ author biographies; 850,000+ full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from scholarly journals and literary magazines. 11,000+ overviews of frequently studied works. 30,000+ full-text poems, short stories and plays.
Newspaper & Local Databases
Use this database to search nearly 4,000 leading business & trade publications including content from Predicasts Overview of Markets & Technology (PROMT), a premier multi-industry database covering over sixty manufacturing and services industries, as well as international company profiles and all business and management topics.
OIIT Educational Technology
The Office of Instructional & Information Technology’s (OIIT) mission is to provide the technology foundation, vision, leadership, and support for the members of the Boston Public Schools community in the use of technology as a tool to achieve its academic and operational goals to increase of student performance and close of the achievement gap. Visit their website here.