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Common Core essential to student growth | Other Views | NewsObserver.com

Common Core essential to student growth | Other Views | NewsObserver.com | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
North Carolina must remain committed to the Common Core standards, which are supported by national business and education leaders.
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Dr. Mark Edwards, the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year, leads the Mooresville Graded School District. Dr. Heath Morrison, the 2012 National Superintendent of the Year, leads Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Both urge educators and policy makers to move forward implementing Common Core.

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Professional Learning Units

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These resources were created to help principals and teacher leaders develop their capacity to facilitate school-based collaborative professional learning focused on teaching and learning. The four units below cover key topics in leading professional learning tied to implementing content standards. 

Learning Forward's Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With an immediate focus on implementing Common Core State Standards and new assessments, the initiative provides resources and tools to assist states, districts, and schools in providing effective professional learning for current and future education reforms.

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Guidance for administrators and teacher leaders in implementing CCSS:


Unit 1: Managing Change

Unit 2: Facilitating Learning Teams

Unit 3: Learning Designs

Unit 4: Standards for Professional Learning


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Implementing the Common Core: What do principals need?

Implementing the Common Core: What do principals need? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will require school leaders to effect long-term, systemic change in school culture and classroom practice. Principals must reset expectations and change belief systems around student achievement in a way that places all students on the pathway to college and career. Principals must fundamentally change classroom practice, move students from ‘behaving to believing to achieving,’ and significantly raise student achievement schoolwide over an extended period of time. And principals must accomplish it all with diminishing resources and larger class sizes.


No one has yet fully implemented the standards. So, teachers and principals are all learners.  But the CCSS mandates draw on a set of skills and experiences that some school leaders have already acquired if they have successfully:

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Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common-Core Achievement

Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common-Core Achievement | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

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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Five essential school-wide conditions that will change the way principals lead schools as CCSS are implemented:

  1. A culture of college and career readiness
  2. School-wide literacy
  3. Student engagement, collaboration, and inquiry
  4. Instructional time
  5. Professional learning


My take-aways: It will take a team of leaders!

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Common Core Standards: Sky is not falling, but ground is shifting

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. 

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Mel weighs in on the Common Core State Standards in his first piece for the AJC Get Schooled blog. I value his expertise and commitment on this initiative!

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NAESP | Access to the Common Core for All

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Margaret McLaughlin, associate dean for research and graduate education at University of Maryland and current president of the Council for Exceptional Children identifies six principles for principals to consider when implementing CCSS for students with disabilities. 

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Ten Keys to Success: The Principal’s Role in Implementing the Common Core

Ten Keys to Success: The Principal’s Role in Implementing the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Just what CAN administrators do to help their schools implement Common Core and what does "simplexity" have to do with it?

 

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Common Core Needs a Team Effort

Common Core Needs a Team Effort | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Yes, we must build the instructional scaffolding necessary for low-skilled students to tackle high-quality lessons. But, school systems must also be willing to address chronic absenteeism and chronic disorder before we can systematically teach for mastery."

 

"Once we establish the conditions necessary for building respectful learning cultures, students will rise to the occasion. To create such skills, however, we need to recruit twenty-somethings into the team effort that is teaching and learning."

 

Deb's thoughts: Twenty-somethings are fine, but before we build "the team" we need the LEADER in the school who will LEAD the team. 

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Parents... What's New with Common Core and What Can You Do at Home?

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Beth Houf - Common Core Standards

Beth Houf, elementary principal at McIntire Elementary, Fulton, discusses the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in their district.

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Ted Caron's comment, April 18, 2013 8:57 AM
Wonder what the IN K teacher was up to that was so good? I like to hear stories like this about successful implementation plans on the part of teachers!
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Twenty Words that Will Make You a More Effective Principal

Twenty Words that Will Make You a More Effective Principal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It’s an unwieldy mouthful, but it carries essential information to which all school administrators should pay close attention: The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science, and Technical Subjects.


Why is the title so important? Because it states explicitly that the ELA curriculum is not entirely the province of the English department.

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How School Leaders Can Successfully Implement the Common Core State Standards

How School Leaders Can Successfully Implement the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The ultimate success of a thorough and complete implementation of the Common Core State Standards rests, to a great extent, on the ability of school leaders to provide support and direction for teachers. The standards call for a transformation of the way we do business in providing instruction. To facilitate this transformation, school leaders themselves must undergo a change in how they lead their schools and districts.

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'Dramatic' Increase in Reading Needed for Common Core, Guides Say

'Dramatic' Increase in Reading Needed for Common Core, Guides Say | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A set of new guides to the Common Core State Standards offers a solution, of sorts, to abrewing controversy about the balance of fiction and nonfiction in U.S. classrooms. "Informational text" doesn't have to displace fiction, the guides say, if the overall amount of reading students do increases "dramatically."


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.

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Three action guides were published mid December, 2012:

  • Role of the El Ed Administrator
  • Role of the High School Administrator
  • Role of the School Counselor

They're worth a look as they provide guidance for overall school changes and action steps for key areas of the Common Core.

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Next-Generation Assessments Aligned to the Common Core

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Smarter Balanced is developing next-generation assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year. These assessments will provide a more complete, more efficient measurement of student progress — with periodic checks to help evaluate what students need to stay on the path to success and tools to help educators continuously improve instruction.
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NAESP | At the Center of the Common Core

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Principals share solutions, tips and top resources for school-level common core implementation.

 

Four principals from different corners of the country talk about where administrators stand with implementing the standards. Despite many challenges—orchestrating major shifts in teaching, instituting new assessments, and facilitating staff development—principals report that the process has offered great rewards.

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Common Core for School Leaders: A Guide to Developing Systemic Curriculum Growth

Common Core for School Leaders: A Guide to Developing Systemic Curriculum Growth | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How can Principals support teachers in their Common Core Integration efforts?

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What Should Principals Do to Lead Common-Core Implementation?

What Should Principals Do to Lead Common-Core Implementation? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Underwritten by The Wallace Foundation, this webinar explains the pivotal role principals play in turning the common standards into good curriculum and instruction in their schools.

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