Professional Resources

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.

English Language Arts: AASL to CCSS | CCSS to AASL

History/Social Studies
Reading Standards for Literacy: AASL to CCSS | CCSS to AASL
Writing Standards for Literacy: AASL to CCSS | CCSS to AASL

Science & Technical Subjects:
Reading Standards for Literacy: AASL to CCSS | CCSS to AASL
Writing Standards for Literacy: AASL to CCSS | CCSS to AASL

MathematicsAASL to CCSS | CCSS to AASL

 

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


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Boston Public LibraryUse 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.

 

SIRS Discoverer

SIRSDiscovererButtonResource 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 dfroggatt@bostonpublicschools.org (from your BPS email account) to obtain this code.

BritannicaSchoolEditionButtonComprehensive 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.

BritannicaEscolarButtonGr. K-8. Incluyen artículos de la enciclopedia, las herramientas de educador, actividades estudiantiles, imágenes, audio y video, publicaciones periódicas actuales y los sitios web relacionados.

BritannicaEnciclopeidaModernaButtonGr. 9-12. Incluyen artículos de la enciclopedia, las herramientas de educador, actividades estudiantiles, imágenes, audio y video, publicaciones periódicas actuales y los sitios web relacionados.

BritannicaAnnalsofAmericanHistoryButtonSpeeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, editorials, images and more that bring American history to life from 1493 to the present.

BritannicaWorldDataAnalystButtonComprehensive current and historical statistics on the countries of the world  for historical and cross-national comparisons and the creation of tables and charts or exporting for deeper analysis.

 

General Popular, Academic, and Reference Databases

Infotrac Student Edition databaseDesigned 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.

General Onefile databaseA comprehensive periodical resource for any subject. Coverage goes back to 1980 with over 9,200 titles (5,156 full-text).

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Academic Onefile databaseA 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.

Virtual Reference LibraryMore than 70 full-text reference books covering the arts, biography, business, the environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, geography, and science.

 

In Context Databases (Web-like design, rich multimedia–images, audio, video)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context databaseCovers 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.

Science in Context databaseCovers 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.

US History in Context databaseA 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.

World History in Context databaseCovers 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.

Global Issues in Context database 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.

Biography in Context databaseNearly 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.

ResearchinContextButtonDesigned 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

Literature Resource Center135,000+ 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.

Contemporary Literature Criticism Select databaseCritical essays on contemporary writers. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, and sources for further study.

 

Books and Authors databaseWhat should I read next? Search according to author, title, series, awards and other criteria. Learn about the themes, origins, and author of the book you are currently reading.

 

Health Databases

Health & Wellness Resource CenterThousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, newspapers, reference works, and multimedia.

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Health Reference Center AcademicFull-text nursing & allied health journals. Articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health & safety, alcohol & drug abuse, prescription drugs, etc.

 

Newspaper & Local Databases

New York Times databaseFull-text coverage from 1985 to today (also included in Academic OneFile).

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Boston Globe databaseFull-text coverage from 1980 to today.

 

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MA History OnlineA collection of full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers that covers Massachusetts people, places and historical events.

 

 

Business Databases

BusinessInsightsEssentialsButtonCompany profiles, financial data, investment reports, industry information, business periodicals and more.
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BusinessCollectionButtonUse 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 

 

BPSOIITThe 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.

3 Responses to Professional Resources

  1. Sonya White Hope says:

    To Whom it may concern:
    Thank you for so many rich resources! If there are expected expansions to this project, please include resources for arts educators – dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts teachers and students at all levels (K-12).

    Thank you!
    Sonya White Hope
    Music Teacher, John Winthrop Elementary School

  2. Annonymous says:

    These collections of resources are amazing and very helpful, Being able to relate to current events while writing essay has never been this easy ! and I am able to accomplish so many different things.

    To whom It may Concern
    A STUDENT, at Excel High School.

  3. Dianny says:

    To Whom It May Concern:
    Thank you so much for the resources, they’re very detailed and rich with history. Not to mention their usefulness. I’m very grateful, thanks again.

    Student ,
    at Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, Academy 4; 8th Grade
    Graduating class of 2013

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