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Prepared, Really?

ASCD presentation about how your library can help prepare your students to be college and career ready.
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Robin Henry

on 21 August 2012

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Transcript of Prepared, Really?

Prepared, Really? "Soft Skills"
and
"Hard Skills" "High schools are designed to get students to graduate...
They are not necessarily designed to enable students to succeed in college...the time has come to think past admission to academic success." David T. Conley in College Knowledge Overarching
Academic Skills Habits of
Mind Nonfiction reading
Deeper reading Information Literacy Analytical and Critical Thinking You can:
use units already in place
be the EMBEDDED librarian You can encourage more reading--esp. nonfiction and deep reading You can provide Support--materials, expert help, etc. "College and career readiness can be defined as the level of preparation a student needs in order to ...succeed--without remediation..."Conley, College and Career Ready, p. 21 Habits of the mind Knowledge/
Content Survey of former high school students Students self reported several ways in which they were not prepared for life after high school. When asked about gaps between expectations in high school and college or career they had more to say... What we learned from college librarians and professors Rochester Study--found that students lack critical thinking and evaluation skills as well as the ability to think reflectively Data from the ACT study 2009 We also asked some college professors and academic librarians what they had noticed. Their remarks were consistent with all the other evidence we had gathered about student needs... 2 Million Minutes
http://www.2mminutes.com/films/global-examination.asp "Schools don't teach kids how to really think critically" Ann Marie Neal, former professor, VP Talent Manager for Cisco Systems, p. 16 "We're looking for less linear thinking--people who can...synthesize a lot of data." Susan, retail industry management, p. 20 "You have to thrive in an environment that is ambiguous...Our system of schooling promotes the idea that there are right answers..." Rob Gordon, West Point "Young employees are unable to communicate...effectively. They don't know how to answer the question, 'What do you want me to take away from this meeting?' " Summers, VP for Global Talent Management, Dell Computers, p. 35 "All this access to information is of little use if we don't know how to evaluate it." Peter Drucker, p. 37 Reading,
writing,
and research! Libraries can help! You can:
collaborate with school counselors
provide college resources in print and online College and Career Preparation help @ the library Get the word out--Librarians add value! "The amount of remedial instruction going on in colleges is just phenomenal." Sen. Tom Harkin, chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee "Critical thinking and analysis, the formulation of legitimate research questions and conducting scholarly research are vital to success [for] college students but often elusive to some college students." Professor Kim Nyman, Collin College, 2010 "Most college professors I talk to want teachers and librarians to stress that Google and Wikipedia are NOT considered research tools for college research papers." College Reference Librarian, 2010 What we learned from Tony Wagner: As a librarian, you are the perfect choice to teach students about information literacy and research. You are information experts! Seven Key Principles of College Readiness:
College going culture
Core academic program aligned with college readiness
Teach self management skills AND expect students to use them
Make college real
Create assignments and grading that more accurately reflects college expections
Make the senior year meaningful
Build partnerships with and connections to postsecondary programs and institutions http://www.txccrs.org/index.html
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