The David Douglas School District cut four days off the beginning of the school year -- not because of budget cuts or problems with the buildings -- but to train teachers.
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The title is misleading, but the author does know that Common Core is not curriculum. (I don't quite understand how so many educators don't know what "curriculum" is or means.)
I used to work for Pearson so I know those folks are dedicated to and passionate about excellence in education. But I am concerned that administrators might believe that the answers lie in the textbook.
They don't. Good for Pearson and every other publisher for trying to make their textbooks relevant and aligned to Common Core. But if educators are still relying on teacher edition of textbooks, we're going to remain in a world of hurt. Those teacher editions may be able to provide some fundamental guidance for lesson planning, but teachers still have to do the very hard work of planning those lessons, planning for different types of formative assessments, learning how to ask text-dependent questions, being prepared to engage students on different levels based on the learning being done and the focus of the learning objectives, etc.
The focus of Common Core preparation has to be on teacher skills, on developing or reconnecting teachers with their professional judgment and their instructional planning and practice skills.