Now that the Common Core State Standards are coming to just about every school, what every school leader needs is a straightforward explanation that lays out the benefits of the common core in plain English and gets everyone thinking about how to transition to this promising new paradigm. In this webinar, John Kendall, author of Understanding Common Core State Standards, gave an overview of the new standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, highlighting their key aspects. He also suggested transition activities for teachers and districts to consider, including Creating a Crosswalk, which compares the content of the common core with your current standards. Developing transition documents that support deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards by using current standards as a bridge. Taking the longer view of implementing the common core systemically.
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Discover the kinds of formative and summative classroom assessments that best coordinate with the new generation of testing consortia for the Common Core State Standards. Participants will take a close look at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments and discover how to create classroom assessments that form a balanced system that supports student learning and aligns to the Common Core State Standards. In addition, Brookhart will overview SBAC and PARCC assessments. Identify assessments shifts. Share the implications of the Common Core for school-based formative and summative assessments.
ASCD Director of Public Policy David Griffith shares in-depth information about the various effects the adoption of the Common Core State Standards have had on education policy from the Department of Education down to the school district level. Using his insight from the field, Common Core State Standards Lead Strategist Efrain Mercado shares common hurdles and questions associated with implementing the new standards.
During this session, participants will learn about the overarching priorities of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy. Alberti will discuss the major instructional shifts required by the standards, including the evidence behind the shifts. These same shifts will be represented in both consortia assessments. Additionally, Alberti will present a few recommendations regarding how to introduce changes in a thoughtful, concrete way to prepare both teachers and students for full implementation of the standards.
You don’t have to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) alone! District, school, and classroom personnel can collaborate and create communities of support toward successful implementation. In this webinar, Judy Carr will provide specific protocols and processes that attendees can use immediately. In addition, participants will: Explore questions and processes for gaining shared understanding of the standards. Discover how to become critical consumers. Learn how to use data and engage in "Data Dialogues" as a key element of collaboration. Learn how to support learners to successfully attain the CCSS.
Too often, high standards and a whole child approach are seen as opposite ends of the education spectrum. In this webinar, Molly McCloskey debunks the myth of standards versus support and shares the relationship between the Common Core State Standards and a school improvement approach that ensures each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Going beyond the silos of too many school reform efforts, this webinar will explore integration, collaboration, and comprehensive framing rooted in high expectations for student and staff achievement.
How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their predecessors? What do they emphasize? What are logical focus points for early implementation? The English and language arts standards depart radically from their predecessors with their insistence on text complexity and close reading skills.
This session, presented by David Liben from Student Achievement Partners, offered a look at various aspects of text complexity: how it is defined by the standards, as well as a range of measurement tools—including some newly developed and tested by the Race to the Text project—and how to use the tools for professional development. The focus on text complexity, close reading, and informational text has clear education implications as well. The presenter will examine some strategic focus areas for literacy instruction and explore ideas for bringing all constituencies to a fuller understanding of the Common Core standards and the features that make text complex.