Rx for the Common Core
Toolkit for Implementing Inquiry Learning
by Mary Boyd Ratzer and Paige Jaeger
January 2014, 159pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-545-9
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Teaching to the Common Core standards is an absolute necessity.

Providing clear explanations of inquiry-based learning in the light of the Common Core, this book is a practical and graphical guide that will serve as a much-needed primer for librarians and educators.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are putting educators under pressure to examine what works and what doesn’t. Even with the best efforts, integrating new strategies into daily practice in the classroom or library can be frustrating. This book will help. Providing a professional development toolkit that trains school librarians and teachers and enables them to train others, it presents a sequence of scaffolded essential questions that results in a customized blueprint for effective teaching. The book assembles background building blocks for inquiry and the Common Core, illustrates and connects key concepts on how to introduce inquiry-based learning, and provides effective tools for igniting the Common Core through inquiry-based learning methods. Developed from the crucible of six years of professional development to real-world audiences with deep experience in teaching and school librarianship, this book makes implementing inquiry learning and embracing the Common Core easier for classroom teachers and school librarians who understand the value of these teaching methods but are unsure of the best way to implement them.


  • Presents essential questions and key concepts as the framework for efficient, effective change
  • Provides readers with an understanding of the basics of inquiry learning and preparation to use methods and tools to implement inquiry learning
  • Explains the rationale for the need to redesign instruction in the context of 21st century education
  • Examines the Common Core and its relationship to inquiry learning
  • Prepares readers to use a toolkit for implementation of the skills called for in the CCSS, such as synthesis and evaluation, and in order to train others in the implementation of inquiry-based learning and the CCSS
Mary Boyd Ratzer, now retired, is a 37-year veteran teacher and school librarian at the Shenendehowa Central Schools, Clifton Park, NY. Serving as adjunct faculty, she taught curriculum and supervised internships in the school media track at The University at Albany, The State University of New York from 1987 to 2007. Actively engaged as a professional development consultant for the past ten years, she has fostered inquiry-based learning and real-world strategies for the Common Core. A frequent resource for the New York State Department of Education since 1995, Ratzer has contributed directly to curricular, assessment, and standards reform.

Paige Jaeger, MLIS, is a library administrator serving 84 school libraries in upstate New York. She delivers professional development at the local, state, and national levels and is currently serving on the American Association School of Librarians (AASL) Task Force for the Common Core. Jaeger has been a frequent contributor to national library journals such as School Library Journal, School Library Monthly, and Library Media Connection.
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