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Professional Learning Opportunities for 2016-2017 ___________________________________________________ Effective library programs provide inviting spaces, up-to-date resources, and opportunities for powerful learning experiences so that students and teachers can gather ideas, exchange points of view, and learn together.
At all grade levels, librarians help students grow as individuals by fostering a love of reading and learning; teaching students the critical thinking, technology, and literacy skills to ask good questions and investigate the answers; offering equitable access to resources and technology; and helping students make sense of the information they find to develop new understandings.
Libraries help students develop information skills so that after graduation they can enter the workforce or go to college armed with the skills of learning and inquiry that they will need to be successful. These skills are built continuously from kindergarten to 12th grade through library instruction, and are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. Click here to access the Empire State K-12 Information Fluency standards and benchmarks outlining the major skills students should learn at each grade level and the alignment to the Common Core Learning Standards. Libraries also provide instructional support to all teachers and students through access to resources.