As part of PW's Discussion Series, an open-ended panel discussion on "Trade Books and the Common Core: Where Do They Meet?" will be held on April 10 at Random House from 8:30-11:00. Panelists are: Marc Aronson, Ph.D., author, editor and publisher; Meredith Liben, director of literacy and ELA at Student Achievement Partners; BarbaraStripling, Ph.D., president of ALA; Bernie Margolis, state librarian of New York; David Liben, senior content specialist at Student Achievement Partners.
So far, 46 states have adopted the new Common Core English Language Arts standards for their pre-K-12 schools, with math, science and social studies standards in place or on the way. The standards not only shift the focus of what students read but how they read, and standards come with assessments that must be given digitally—so the shift in education overlaps with a shift in educational technology.
What are the opportunities, and hazards, for trade books in this changing environment? In this discussion, experts who created the new standards, who teach them, who train schools and libraries to use them and who are shaping the assessments used to measure them share their insights and respond to questions and concerns.