Developing Reflective Explorers and Innovators

Activity Guide, Applied Framework, and Infographic


To guide school librarians in their work of inspiring future generations of explorers, AASL tasked a 2020 ALA Emerging Leaders team with developing a guide of activities, resources, and professional development based on the Explore Shared Foundation in the National School Library Standards.

As learners prepare for college, career, and life, it is imperative school librarians continue to develop learners’ skills as explorers. Cultivating learners’ curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking allows learners to persist through and demonstrate problem solving. 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.

Resource Guide | Applied Framework | Infographic


Attend the ALA Emerging Leaders final session at the virtual ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 25, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00am (Central) where we will celebrate an incredible two-year culmination of work. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of each project team during this session. Short video presentations from each team will be posted to the Emerging Leaders web page for viewing prior to the start of ALA Annual Conference.

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