Georgia’s ELA Common Core implementation website is housed on three pages with important links found on each. The main page, The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (screenshot above), provides an overview of the CCSS as performance standards and provides links (that can be found elsewhere as well) to professional development archives of webinars and handouts.
The "action guides" are meant to help counselors and school principals put the common standards into practice. Issued by Achieve, College Summit, and the two groups that represent elementary- and secondary-level principals, the guides include a primer on the standards, talking points, and an array of tips.
But in exploring the instructional shifts in the standards, they also offer common-core advocates' answer to teachers who are worried that assigning a much heftier chunk of nonfiction will force them to drop cherished parts of their literary canon.
Mel Riddile is the associate director for high school services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals. His work in turning around schools in Virginia earned him the 2006 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year award.
To increase rigor related to text selection, it is valuable first to simply look at whether or not your students are reading texts that challenge them. You’re looking for abalance: Material should be difficult enough that students are learning something new, but not so hard that they give up.
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Common Core Shift 6 suggests that it is important to dig deeper into Tier II vocabulary words. Tier II words are those words that are found across many content areas and change meaning depending on context.
Principal leadership matters--perhaps now more than ever before. As much as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are changing instructional practice in the classroom, we must acknowledge that student learning under CCSS requires a schoolwide transformation that transcends individual classrooms and requires the dedicated, continual attention of the principal. Consider how these five essential schoolwide conditions for CCSS will fundamentally shift the way principals go about leading schools.
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