This series of blogs will summarize and highlight important portions of our recent white paper, The New York City DOE/CUNY Library Collaborative: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College, which you can view here.
The whitepaper presents the progression and processes of the New York Collaborative Curriculum Revision Project (CCRP), a collaborative of high school teachers, college faculty, and librarians formed to build upon the new Common Core State Standards and better prepare students for post-secondary success. The posts will include sections quoted from the white paper as well as our own editorial.
From the beginning, three fundamental “truths” existed for the CCRP: that high school librarians play a critical role in successfully adopting and implementing Common Core Standards; that both the high school and university faculty and staff wanted students to succeed; and that they had the ability to make a real, lasting difference in the future education of students.
Facing the scaled adoption of the Common Core Standards by NYC public schools, each member realized this was an opportunity to make some changes.
Instruction designed to address the Common Core must be rigorous, preparing students for the faster-paced and higher content level courses in college.
Their goals were equally focused:
- Develop a scalable, collaborative model that enables teachers, professors and librarians to revise and create curricular units that aid the high school to college transition and, in the process, build lasting professional relationships;
- Establish roles for librarians to lead change within their institutions;
- Demonstrate the ability of librarians to work effectively across two large and complex organizations and within multiple disciplines.
The diversity and dedication of the individual members contributes to the strength of the CCRP. Learn more about the members, their mission, and more in the full whitepaper, available here. Read other entries in this series here.
Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.