Fostering Collaboration between School Librarians and Non-Core Subject Teachers
Van Aalsburg, Melinda B.
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Collaboration is a proven educational technique that brings together unique qualities of multiple educators to positively impact students. Non-core collaboration takes those same benefits and positive qualities and applies them to subject area teachers outside the core academic classes. This paper explores how the school librarian can work with these non-core teachers in a collaborative environment. This collaborative relationship has positive benefits for both partners and provides a unique and dynamic learning environment for students. Specific examples and benefits will be explored as well as the relationship that these collaborations have to the American Association of School Library’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Research on this topic was reviewed and gathered from databases, online webpages, and print sources. After reviewing the literature the study shows that collaboration between librarians and non-core subject teachers positively impacts both student achievement and school dynamics.