Through Todd's studies of successful programs in the hands of those he calls "possibilists," he developed 7 core ideas he calls the "Principles of the Possible." Each of the strong school library programs in the study had these principles in common.
Principle 1: The primary function of a school library is pedagogical, with access to quality information as the foundation of meaningful pedagogy.
Principle 2: The role of the school librarian is primarily that of teacher, coteaching with classroom teachers to develop curriculum standards.
Principle 3: An inquiry-centered pedagogy defines the instructional role of the school librarian.
Principle 4: The focus on curriculum content and knowledge development enables the integration of inquiry capabilities in a meaningful way.
Principle 5: The collaborative nature of teaching is the core dynamic for integrating the school library into the culture of the school.
Principle 6: School libraries constitute and advance social justice.
Principle 7: School libraries connect community and the world through digital citizenship and learning for life capabilities.
So how can we re-frame our thinking, our self-talk, and our practice to better reflect the mindset of a "possibilist"? How can we move our programs into the future, and stop thinking "can't"?
Read the whole article in the December 2013 issue of Teacher Librarian, via Ebsco.