What is the Digital Library?
The Digital Library is a critical component of the Smarter Balanced system of assessments and will include a variety of resources to improve day-to-day teaching and learning. The Digital Library offers professional learning resources and instructional materials—like lesson plans, units, and learning modules—for educators to use daily with students and staff. Resources span K-12 and are aligned to Washington State Learning Standards for English language arts and mathematics. Resources are also aligned to formative assessment practices.
The Digital Library is paid for by Washington’s subscription to the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, so access to the Digital Library is completely free for every school district and their employees. Washington joined the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in 2010 and worked with 24 other states to build this balanced and comprehensive assessment system.
How do Washington educators get access?
District Assessment Coordinators (DACs), are currently working to provide access
for their teachers. Contact your DAC or designee for more information. DACs may email
firstname.lastname@example.org for technical help.
How do I use the Digital Library?
Just click on a resource to read about it, then download for immediate and future use! Once educators are registered to access the Digital Library, they will have the ability to view and download hundreds of resources at all grade levels for immediate and future use. The following slides are helpful in learning how to navigate the Digital Library:
The Quality Criteria Guide was created by national experts to assist educators and professionals when submitting and reviewing formative resources for the Digital Library. Pages with the blue bar across the top are for Professional Learning Resources (to use in educator PD) and have 5 criteria points. Pages with a green bar across the top are for Instructional Resources (to use with students in a classroom) and have 6 criteria points. For each criteria point, advisory sub notes are included. The resource does not need to meet every sub point, they are included as helpful tips.
Who else can access the Digital Library?
The Digital Library is primarily intended for use by school district employees who work with students. Individuals with access to the Library have the ability to download and share the resources with others, however students and parents will not have direct access to the library. In the coming months, OSPI will be working with statewide partners who design and deliver professional learning for educators to ensure they also have access to the Library.
To register your district’s educators:
The library provides lessons aligned to the CCSS that gives the teacher feedback on what students know or need more instruction in.
—Debi Chamberlin, ELL Director and ELA Coach, Monument Elementary, Quincy School District
I have become more aware of the importance of using formative assessments while teaching children. I am impressed with the quality of the resources submitted and the work being done to prepare a quality Digital Library. Resources are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and embedded with formative assessment practices.
—Rachel Karlsen, 5th Grade Math/Science teacher, Battle Ground Public Schools/CAM Academy
Professional Development Dream Resource! I've already used multiple Digital Library Resources to spur conversations about changes in expectations and the shift in instructional practice to achieve the Common Core State Standards.
—Shannon McCombs, High School Instructional Coach, Hockinson High School, Hockinson School District
The Digital Library is full of hands on ready to use resources and strategies for teachers across the nation to create high-quality classroom practices for students.
—Julie Conkle, 3rd Grade Teacher, Tonasket School District
I'm very excited about accessing the resources in the Digital Library. These resources were created by educators and vetted by educators for practical classroom and professional learning use. It's an exceptional collection of resource to support teachers in implementing CCSS and 21st century skills.
—Monica Hulubei Piergallini, ELL professional development specialist, Yakima School District
New teachers have the opposite problem of too many sources and truly need to know which materials show best practices and well planned strategies. The Digital Library is a must-have for current teachers!
—Lori Larson, Instructional Coach, Longview School District