Your school library is a catalyst for literacy and reading and for teaching and scaffolding inquiry learning.
School libraries are transforming their practice, gathering and using evidence to show how their services impact positively on student learning and achievement, and building strong collaborative relationships with educators and their school community.
The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) sets the direction for student learning in English medium New Zealand schools. Many NZ schools have chosen to implement the curriculum using an inquiry approach to learning concepts.
Academics, library associations, government agencies and others around the world are publishing very interesting and useful research about school libraries, learning and pedagogical models. Research also shows the the significant difference effective libraries can make to student learning outcomes.
School libraries support the learning and literacy outcomes of the students. School library services are totally integrated into the teaching and learning programme, aligned with the school’s goals for learners and delivered onsite and online.
Evidence-based practice applies to school library staff as it does to other educators. You can use evidence of the impact of library-based initiatives to inform decision-making that supports the school’s goals on student achievement and quality teaching and learning.
Advocacy is the important work of creating and using evidence effectively. This can be shared with people who can champion your library, helping to build it a positive future.