Making time for Common Core implementation

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The most important resource for effectively implementing Common Core standards is time for teacher learning communities. See how to make time districtwide for Common Core implementation, and discover new tools to help you find the time needed for effective professional learning.

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Making time for Common Core implementation

  1. 1. Source: Armstrong, A. (2013, Spring). Making time for Common Core implementation. TheLearningSystem8(3). (p. ). Title Body Making time for Common Core implementation
  2. 2. This presentation is a supplement to the full article. Download more information, resources, and tools to help you implement these ideas in The Learning System (Spring, 2013). Available at www.learningforward. org/publications/learning-system. Download the article and accompanying tools This newsletter was made possible with support from
  3. 3. Source: Killion, J. (2013). Establishing time for professional learning. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward. (p. 7). “Change is dependent on learning—acquisition of knowledge, skills, practices, procedures, and dispositions. This type of acquisition is not an instantaneous process. It requires building from awareness to expert use.” Time is of the essence
  4. 4. Source: Armstrong, A. (2013, Spring). Making time for Common Core implementation. TheLearningSystem8(3). (p. 4). “Schedules can be easily manipulated. Sometimes it is like we are married to our schedule. Research schedules. School leaders can change schedules to fit their needs, not put the schedule’s needs first.”(Linton, p. 4) Establish clear professional learning time
  5. 5. Source: Armstrong, A. (2013, Spring). Making time for Common Core implementation. TheLearningSystem8(3). (p. 5). Examples: • Using modified block schedules instead of modular schedules. • Increasing class sizes. Make schedules work for you
  6. 6. Source: Armstrong, A. (2013, Spring). Making time for Common Core implementation. TheLearningSystem8(3). (p. 4). Generate teacher support Ensure that professional learning time remains strictly professional growth time. • Avoid using professional learning time for activities such as class prep time or airing grievances. • Time spent productively includes such things as discussing and modeling lessons, watching videos of practice, and sharing constructive critiques among colleagues.
  7. 7. Source: Armstrong, A. (2013, Spring). Making time for Common Core implementation. TheLearningSystem8(3). (p. 4). • Principals and superintendents cannot attend as many meetings as they would like. • Ensure that learning groups stay focused and are constantly improving through protocols and a strong teacher leader facilitator. Teacher leadership is essential
  8. 8. Source: Armstrong, A. (2013, Spring). Making time for Common Core implementation. TheLearningSystem8(3). (p. 5). Leadership academies for principals can include work on best practices, curriculum, Common Core standards implementation. Continue throughout the year with monthly, principal-led meetings in smaller groups. • Visit schools across grade levels. • Conduct book talks. • Conduct instructional rounds/walk-throughs. Learning communities for principals
  9. 9. Source: Armstrong, A. (2013, Spring). Making time for Common Core implementation. TheLearningSystem8(3). (p. 5). Ensure that everyone is committed to the change at all levels. “Beware of those who want to hold on to what was done in the past...commitment to learning communities and Common Core is good for kids and is what we need to be doing to grow professionally”(Linton, p. 5). Commit at all levels
  10. 10. Additional resource Meet the Promise of Content Standards: Investing in Professional Learning (Killion & Hirsh, 2012) • Investments needed to implement Common Core standards. • How to find time. • How to ensure that time is spent effectively. • How to sustain and evaluate those investments. Available at www.learningforward.org/ publications/implementing-common-core.
  11. 11. Learn more with Learn more about professional learning at all levels of education with Learning Forward, an international nonprofit association of learning educators: www.learningforward.org Membership in Learning Forward gives you access to a wide range of publications, tools, and opportunities to advance professional learning for student success.

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