Common Core: Partnership, Instruction and Advocacy in the Elementary School Library

October 29, 2014

In this Demco-sponsored webcast, Toni Buzzeo, Author and Librarian, joins Demco’s Director of Education Markets, Matt Mulder to discuss implementing the Common Core in your library. For this webinar, it will be helpful to have a copy on hand of LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca if you have one available.

We have arrived at an unprecedented time in literacy education — a time when librarians are fully prepared to become indispensable instructional leaders in our schools. Toni Buzzeo will explain how the national Common Core State Standards curriculum closely aligns with school librarians’ skill sets and how we can seize the opportunity to play an even more prominent role in literacy education. If we fail to engage, we may lose our last real opportunity to gain recognition and secure our positions.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  1. Identify which of the new Common Core State Standards for Reading and Writing mirror the skills school librarians are uniquely prepared to teach.
  2. Form meaningful instructional partnerships between teachers and school librarians to meet the new standards.
  3. Play an active and essential role in teaching these standards whether your library program is fixed or flexible.
  4. Advocate for the necessity of school librarians by consistently and purposefully documenting your teaching of the standards with classroom colleagues and building and district administrators.


Toni Buzzeo

Toni Buzzeo

Working from her colonial farmhouse in Buxton, Maine, and her sunny winter nest in Sarasota, Florida, New York Times bestselling children’s author Toni Buzzeo also wears the hat of a seasoned educator. A former college and high school English teacher, Toni became a practicing Library Media Specialist and was named the 1999 Maine Library Media Specialist of the Year. Wearing this hat, she writes many professional books and articles, as well as Common Core curriculum based on children’s literature. Toni also teaches and writes promotional guides for children’s books. Learn more at


Matt Mulder

Matt Mulder

Executive Director of New Growth Initiatives at Demco, Inc.
Matt Mulder is Demco's Executive Director of New Growth Initiatives. Focusing on increasing community engagement, Matt develops solutions that help libraries understand their patrons’ needs and that achieve measurable impacts.