Support for teachers begins at the library. From elementary through high school, educators work together to give students the best education possible. But some schools may overlook the invaluable opportunity to ask their librarians how K-12 library resources can support their courses. Differentiated instruction? Libraries invented it. Support for diverse students? Reading help? The school library should be the first place to search for resources.

Teachers are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the amount of time it takes to find trustworthy, high-quality content that not only fits into their curriculum but also supports the various needs of their students. Lack of time, support, and opportunities for collaboration lead to burnout and attrition. As librarians and media specialists, you understand the value of building your K-12 library resources and sharing how educators can use them effectively in the classroom. 

With Gale In Context: For Educators, you can set students and teachers up for success and establish the library's role as a curriculum solution as well as a destination for research. For Educators can help you remove as many day-to-day challenges as possible by replacing confusion and stress with collaboration and a more streamlined workflow. For Educators builds on the foundation of the trusted Gale In Context student databases as well as your school's student-facing Gale eBooks to give educators the tools to find and personalize digital learning content in core subjects. Librarians and educators can easily find and curate their own school library lesson plans within the For Educators platform. Plus, our cross-curricular digital resources support differentiated instruction, information literacy, professional learning, and collaboration within your district.

Standards-aligned content. With a subscription to Gale In Context resources, students and teachers have access to primary sources, experiments, case studies, academic journals, magazines, newspapers, books, images, podcasts, and videos. A subscription to For Educators also provides access to school library lesson plans, including kindergarten library lesson plans and elementary school library lesson plans.

School Librarian Benefits at a Glance

  • Ensure access to the entire suite of Gale In Context K-12 databases that you know and love. 
  • Capture student interest and help create engaging classrooms.
  • Provide reading and writing resources for all curriculum areas.
  • Keep students on track with differentiated tools.
  • Save colleagues and students time searching for digital access to rich historical and topical content. 
  • Show your value in helping colleagues create meaningful and engaging content for the classroom.
  • Help kids who struggle with reading and literacy development.
  • Engage students with school library lesson plans, including kindergarten library lesson plans and elementary school library lesson plans.
  • Be able to prioritize equity of access for all learners. 
  • Find and share diversity, equity, and inclusion resources that are embedded into Gale In Context products. 
  • Support college, career, and life skills readiness. 

Your Product Overview

Find curriculum-aligned materials that span grade levels and core subject areas, such as environmental studies, U.S. history, social studies, world history, and more. Building on the foundation of Gale In Context student resources and your school’s student-facing Gale eBooksGale In Context: For Educators empowers teachers to save time, collaborate, and offer equitable and personalized learning opportunities across any distance.

Cross-curricular digital resources fit into teachers' existing workflows and help them quickly locate engaging content. Gale In Context: For Educators merges quality, standards-aligned material with ready-to-use lesson plans across a variety of disciplines and offers instructional tools to help teachers achieve their professional goals. With in-product resources in our Learning Center, educators can take the lead in developing online teaching skills and instructional strategies. And organization features like nesting folders and admin profiles allow curriculum directors to create and share curated course folders with teachers in their groups. 

Our easy-to-use search tools and advanced page filtering make it simpler than ever to find the resources you need. The best part? All our content has been vetted by subject experts and former educators to ensure its accuracy and quality. To help you learn more about Gale In Context: For Educators, we’ve gathered some information below:

How School Librarians Can Support Teachers and Students

Gale In Context: For Educators was developed as a solution to challenges that school librarians experience as they work to support grades K-12. Most notably, librarians wanted to grow usage for their existing Gale resources, make budget dollars stretch further, break down silos, and support everyday instruction. With For Educators, librarians can train teachers on how to best use specialized databases and eBooks and identify curriculum-based library resources that support elementary, middle, and high school curricula and a range of learning styles. Librarians can also find instructional support to engage students in kindergarten library lesson plans, elementary school library lesson plans, and more.

Classrooms today require more interactive instruction and culturally responsive teaching activities. With Gale In Context: For Educators, you can help teachers discover and customize digital learning content and foster an equitable and culturally responsive classroom by providing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and social and emotional learning (SEL) materials. 

With a focus on culturally responsive teaching and differentiated instruction, teachers can build a classroom community where everyone's well-being is a priority. Recognizing the importance of instruction, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provides federal funding to primary and secondary education, with funds specifically authorized for professional development, instructional materials, and educational program support. Consider how your library can partner with school departments to secure funding for resources that benefit both the classroom and the library.