Learning Commons Day Winnipeg

Collaborative Leadership in the Learning Commons

Part 1: What is a Learning Commons

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pdficonS Your Learning Commons Elevator Speech Planner

Context for Change

Kids These Days!

How are kids these days different than previous generations?
What does their future look like?
What do kids these days need from their schools?

Contribute your thoughts by adding stickies to our Linoit bulletin board!

The Myth of the Digital Native (On your own)

The 21st Century Learner

Conference Board of Canada: Employability Skills 2000+

Mead Quote
What is a Library Learning Commons?


Learning Commons Links

Together for LearningTogether for Learning Website
Together for Learning Document
T4L: Ideas for Implementation
Loertscher & Koechlin: Library to Learning Commons (Article in Education Canada)
Loertscher & Koechlin: The School Learning Commons Knowledge-Building Center
Brooks Kirkland: Transforming Library Spaces
Brooks Kirkland: The Virtual Library as a Learning Hub
Brooks Kirkland: Digital Literacy: Opportunities in the Learning Commons

Part 2: Leading Learning with the School Library Learning Commons

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Leading Learning

Download the PDF version of Leading Learning.

The Canadian Library Association released national standards for school library learning commons in Canada at its national conference in Victoria, BC in June 2014.

Leading Learning is a transformational document. Its core theme is how the school library learning commons facilitates learning, and the document sets a framework for growth.

“All schools in Canada need to be able to develop and support excellent school libraries responsive to the diverse needs of learners today and into the future. This means that all schools large and small, urban and rural, public and private, brick and mortar or virtual, need to provide access to teaching expertise in the library as well as best resources, technologies and physical and virtual learning spaces to support learner needs as they evolve. The transitioning of the school library to school library learning commons establishes the vision and structure to address these evolving needs and encourages continuous growth.” (Leading Learning p. 7)

Learn more about Leading Learning, and download the document and bibliography at: http://clatoolbox.ca/casl/slic/llsop.html

More Leading Learning Links

Canadian Library Association & Treasure Mountain Canada: A Vision for Canadian School Library Learning Commons

Leading Learning was released at the CLA conference in June 2014.

Leading Learning was released at the CLA conference in June 2014.

Treasure Mountain Canada 2014: https://sites.google.com/site/tmcanada3/tmc3

Saskatchewan School Library Association: Transforming School Libraries in Canada: Leading Learning from the Learning Commons

Pembina Trails School Division: New national school library standards for the 21st century officially launched

Anita Brooks Kirkland: From Hubris to Humility: Welcoming New Standards for School Libraries in Canada

Diane Oberg: Relentlessly Focused on Learning: The Role of Evaluation

Part 3: Moving Forward with Your Library Learning Commons

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Finding Strategic Connections: Education Priorities in Manitoba


Leading Learning p. 10

Can you inspire fellow educators and decision-makers by showing how the school library learning commons can help realize their goals and aspirations? Try matching those goals to the themes of the Leading Learning framework.

Manitoba Education Mandate, Mission, Vision
Louis Riel School Division: Priorities
Pembina Trails School Division: Mission, Vision, Values
Pembina Trails Belief Statement: 21st Century Learning
River East Transcona School Division
Winnipeg School Division: The Principles of Learning

What is a Library Learning Commons? Find a slide with your school district’s logo and complete the statement, “A Library Learning Commons is”. (Note: Be sure you’re not on the same slide as another group!)

Part 4: Tell Your Library Learning Commons Story


Jo-Anne Gibson and Vivianne Fogarty make the Leading Learning connection for Pembina Trails, and for Manitoba.

Teacher-librarians in Manitoba are already telling the Leading Learning story! Here’s your chance to make a national impact.

October is Canadian Library Month, and the Canadian Library Association is inviting people from across the country to tell their stories about how libraries have touched their lives and opened up new opportunities.

Let’s tell the story of how Leading Learning is inspiring school communities.





Some Inspiration for Collaborative Leadership from the Library Learning Commons!

And more inspiration from Winnipeg teacher-librarians!