Inquiry Learning in the Capital Area: A 21st Century Snapshot

Panelists will share powerful collaborations between Capital Region library media specialists and teachers which have generated pioneering inquiry-based learning experiences for 21st Century learners. Using an inquiry-based approach these teams successfully integrated the AASL Standards, New York State Learning Standards, 21st Century Skills, and the Capital Area Information Fluency Curriculum into library instruction. See how they did it and leave this session with practical ideas on how to implement standards into the instruction in your library.

Mary Ratzer ( is a veteran school library media specialist who worked for many years in the Shenendehowa Central School District. Mary is currently a frequent consultant and presenter on school library issues including inquiry and advocacy. Mary Jeanne Dicker, SLMS, and Jamie Affronti, Social Studies teacher, collaborate and create inquiry learning experiences at Guilderland's Farnsworth Middle School, including interdisciplinary team based units. James Schneider, SLMS, and Meg Libertucci, ELA teacher created a powerful open inquiry experience at Schenectady High School called A Proposal for Change. Jill Leinung, SLMS, and Linda Kaminski, Grade 1 teacher, collaboratively implement inquiry experiences, including one focusing on the Hudson River for young learners at Green Meadow Elementary, East Greenbush.