Practices that are helping to create an environment conducive to a successful transition to the new standards.
What all three approaches have in common, according to the report, is an emphasis on making the teacher the center of the transformation by:
- First ensuring that the significance of the changeover to Common Core State Standards is understood by teachers in terms of the need for dramatic changes to teaching styles, from drill to exploration;
- Ensuring that "teachers are at the front of the movement and working together to lead their own improvement toward shared, ambitious goals"; and
- Making certain teachers are provided with adequate "structures, time, and resources required to sustain the many years and many cycles of inquiry and improvement necessary to achieve the new bar for student learning" with the understanding that the process of improvement will take place over many years, not overnight.