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 

Resources:

Infographic
Short Student Video
and more!

P.S. Find an overview of the new AASL standards here and Foundation #1 (Inquire) here.

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