Information Fluency Contiuum

  • "The inquiry skills and strategies articulated in the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (IFC) are aligned with the CCLS and provide opportunities for librarians and teachers to engage in systematic collaborative planning as they incorporate the teaching of inquiry into the implementation of the CCLS through classroom instruction and project based learning."

    "A collaborative approach by the librarian and the classroom teacher is by far the most effective way to teach information fluency/inquiry skills and strategies to meet the high expectations of the Common Core Learning Standards. This guide contains a series of documents that define the information literacy and inquiry skills that are important for all students to learn."

    A new resource, called the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, is now available thanks to the NYC School Library System. This resource emphasizes the importance of inquiry in learning and establishes information fluency standards for grades K-12, which are aligned with Common Core Learning Standards. The fusion of the two sets of standards aims to create students who are capable of absorbing and applying appropriate information to any situation. The document identifies three information literacy standards which encourage students to be thinkers, explorers, and citizens and outlines the essential steps of inquiry: connect, wonder, investigate, construct, express, and reflect. The continuum also includes grade-specific benchmarks for information skill development and sample diagrams and worksheets which may be used to assess students’ progress. Finally, there is a helpful chart for administrators, teachers, and librarians that links progress along the fluency continuum with various Common Core Learning Standards in reading, writing, and speaking & listening. The continuum helps apply Common Core Learning Standards to real-world classroom teaching and is a great resource to use for grade-specific lesson planning.

    The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum was developed by the New York City School Library System and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.