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WCDSB Libraries Evolve Into The Learning Commons
October 27, 2015
School libraries in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board are evolving to support and promote student engagement more effectively and to ultimately increase student achievement. School libraries are becoming "The Learning Commons".
The Learning Commons plays a key role in 21stCentury Teaching and Learning. A learning commons is student centred and welcoming. It supports student inquiry and collaboration, and includes online and print resources. The physical space is flexible, adaptable and rich in technology.
"Unlike traditional school libraries which are seen as quiet places full of printed books, people reading all under an environment of silence, the Learning Commons is the hub and the heart of the school. It is a place for teachers and library staff to collaborate; a place to build inquiry learning and critical thinking skills in students; a place for technology integration and experimentation; a place that is ‘owned’ by students and staff alike. The Learning Commons is a place which facilitates skills that are essential for success in the 21stCentury; the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. "
~~ David DeSantis, Superintendent of Learning
The Learning Commons promotes student engagement, to increase student achievement.
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