- NETS•S: The skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in a digital world.
- NETS•T: The skills and knowledge educators need to change the way they teach, the way they work, and the way they learn in an increasingly connected global and digital society.
- NETS•A: The skills and knowledge school administrators and leaders need to lead and sustain a culture that supports digital-age learning, builds a vision for technology infusion, and transforms the instructional landscape.
I love the idea that the refreshed NETS standards are designed to do just that type of double duty.
They will continue to serve teacher programs and pre-service candidates as ISTE/NCATE standards. And, they will serve as standards for education professionals. These standards and profiles can be used for:
- Self-assessment and personal professional growth plans
- Design of school- or district-wide professional development programs
- Role definition and job descriptions
- Individual and system accountability
- For recruitment and hiring
- Recognize the value of the TL as a partner on a school’s learning/technology team.
- Describe the connected roles and partnerships of the TL within a school’s tech-infused learning community.
- Create across-the-board accountability for TLs in the areas of current and emerging information and communication technologies, as well as their roles in digital curation; promoting intellectual freedom; and in creating transliterate, creative, digital citizens.
- Ensure that graduate schools of library science prepare pre-service candidates to work effectively in the school libraries they will encounter or should create.
- Add emphasis to, reinterpret, and more broadly disseminate the roles described in AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner and in Empowering Learners to the school audience beyond the world of library.
- Guide administrators in the hiring of TLs who are prepared to ensure that learners become fully engaged, transliterate citizens.