This week I’m taking a look into the connection between GID and Colorado Department of Education’s rubric for highly effective librarians.
This post moves from yesterday’s post about instruction and into today’s discussion of librarians as school and teacher leaders.
STANDARD 3 LEADERSHIP
A. School Leader – librarian serves on school committees that support instructional school goals & facilitates PD/teachers see librarian as instructional leader/students see library as cutting edge classroom and librarian as an academic leader in the school
Through collaborations with teachers using the GID framework, the librarian becomes seen as an instructional leader, knowing the resources and supporting teachers to embed information literacy into the content of meaningful units of study. Through working with the librarian students understand the role of information and the critical analysis necessary to understand the content. Guided Inquiry is the platform that helps librarians and teachers to co-teach, collaborate and understand and use each others expertise in unique and meaningful ways across the school.
B. Professional Leader –participate and coordinate professional learning
As far as Professional Development. Many librarians have mentioned introducing their staff to GID to give them some knowledge of the process and see the potential in the model for content instruction and embedded information literacy learning critical for all of our students.
There are many online and other professional learning opportunities within that can get people started on Guided Inquiry Design framework, of which librarians can take the lead. To name a few
- Reading the books in the GID series,
- Viewing Webinars,
- Using a twitter PLN and
- Reading or contributing to our 52 week blog challenge are a few ways librarians can seek out their own learning on GID and share it with teachers.
Organizations can also partner with BLV consulting to provide librarians in CO and around the country with the high quality PD that supports this practice. The GID institute and train the trainer model supports districts to build capacity for GID in use and to grow this practice in use. The GID PD jump starts more learning teams, enabling them to accomplish this high level of practice. Through the institute teams learn together how to use the Guided Inquiry Design Model and Framework. By collaborating at this level using the GID process teams find how to work together, helping to stop the cycle of working in silos. It’s professional development for all that accomplishes all the goals of effective teaching of – content, literacy, information literacy, learning how to learn and social learning. (5 kinds of learning Figure 1.3 in GID page 9, Kuhlthau, Maniotes and Caspari, 2012)
Comments welcome- as always!
Leslie Maniotes, PhD
Co-creator of GID