AASL Standards: INCLUDE #2
When one includes, one demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity.
Here are a few tidbits I scribbled down at the AASL conference:
inclusion can sometimes feel uncomfortable; discussion and debate is likely; the school library is a unique place that builds empathy and equity through its program, place, and presence; builds self-reflection practices; includes more than just culture or race – abilities, experiences, gender, learning styles, etc.
How can librarians lead in the library and in the school?
- Provide collections that reflect local and global diversity.
- Use input from staff and students when selecting materials.
- Create displays and programming that reflect many viewpoints, cultures, abilities, and life experiences.
- Use furniture and equipment that is adjustable so that they can be accessed by ALL learners.
- Create learning groups with a range of abilities, learning styles, and experiences.
- Model discussions and use questioning strategies that engage ALL participants.
- Collaborate with content area teachers on curriculum that reflects diverse perspectives.
- Ensure that the district has current policies: i.e. Selection Policy, Materials Challenge Policy
Short Student Video
P.S. Find an overview of the new AASL standards here and Foundation #1 (Inquire) here.