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The Competency-Based School Librarian

December 10, 2015 by

LibraryThis post originally appeared at Pam Harland’s blog on November 26, 2015.

I’ve been the school librarian at Sanborn Regional High School in New Hampshire for five years. The Sanborn School District is a leader in competency-based education (CBE). The goal of CBE is to allow students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. This type of teaching and learning leads to better student engagement because the content is relevant and more tailored to their unique needs. (Read more about CBE at Sanborn via Brian Stack’s blog posts on (more…)

Using Evidence to Enhance Learning

March 4, 2016 by

LibraryThis post originally appeared at Pam Harland’s blog on February 14, 2016.

As librarians, we are good at collecting data: circulation checkouts, database use, number of patrons walking into the library, etc. But how valuable is this information? This kind of data has little to do with our students learning to evaluate sources, gather evidence to support a claim, and ask good questions.

Librarians are reconsidering how to collect data about our school library programs. We all need to ask ourselves:

  • How does my work make a difference in improving teaching and learning?
  • What is my value to the learning culture?
  • How might I use evidence to improve my practice and enhance learning?

When my PLC (a multi-disciplinary grade level team) was tasked to begin collecting data about our practice and instruction I suggested we use our school-wide research rubric (read Pam’s leadership story on how she created a research rubric here). (more…)

March CompetencyWorks Catch-Up

April 1, 2016 by

Calendar Page MarchHere are the highlights from March 2016 on CompetencyWorks. Happy reading. And let us know if you have questions you want us to delve into!

Site Visits and Case Studies

Building 21

Charleston County School District

Parker-Varney Elementary


Principal, Superintendent, and Teacher Perspectives

When Red Bank Went to Lindsay by Marie Watson

Dear Future Principal: Here is How You Can Positively Impact Student Learning by Brian Stack

Evaluating Your School’s Competency Education Journey and Answering the Question: Are We There Yet? by Brian Stack

Two Teachers’ Perspectives on CBE by Lauren Vann and John Paul Sellars

My Journey as a Self-Directed Learner by Jonathan Vander Els (more…)

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