Shared Foundation: Explore


Discover and innovate in a growth mindset developed through experience and reflection.

Begin familiarizing yourself with Explore – one of the six Shared Foundations that anchor the AASL Standards Integrated Framework. This infographic summarizes Competencies from the AASL Standards Framework for Learners and suggests some actions school librarians can take to get started with Explore.

Developing Reflective Explorers and Innovators
Activity Guide, Applied Framework, and Infographic

The Developing Reflective Explorers and Innovators Activity Guide is designed to illustrate challenges school librarians commonly face when helping learners develop the necessary skills to become effective explorers, this guide offers a comprehensive range of scenarios and activities organized by the AASL Standards four Domains—Think, Create, Share, and Grow—and shaped for learners, school librarians, and school libraries.​

An infographic and applied framework further support application of these materials in professional development and instructional settings.

Explore by Sarah Searles

Explore takes readers on a journey through the broad and varied territory of school librarianship, sharing resources, ideas, and trends to help along the way. This guide is designed so that readers can Explore their practice on their own or with colleagues—so grab your compass, backpack, and boots and hit the trails! Readers will gain a deeper understanding of the Shared Foundation, including how to connect to traditional practices while moving the school library profession forward. This book offers an examination of how Explore’s Competencies and Alignments relate to other major ideas and concepts in school librarianship and the wider field of education; and ready-to-implement professional development programming for school librarians and those who support school librarians, including administrators, supervisors, and university educators.

ISBN: 978-0-8389-1919-4
2020­ softcover ­ 112 pp ­ 7” x 10”
$54.99 ­ |  ALA Members: $49.49
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