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Common core & essential standards for a ps

  1. 1. Implementing the New NCSCOS Common Core State Standards and theNorth Carolina Essential Standards The Administrator’s Role
  2. 2. “In order to positively impact student achievement, the Common Core Stateand NC Essential Standards must be not just adopted but implemented.” 2
  3. 3. “The goal is to have content standards that actually impact what happens in the classroom. Unfortunately, there are too many examples where states have fine content standards that bear little resemblance to what is actually being taught and learned in classrooms.” 3
  4. 4. Principals As Instructional Leaders:It’s 2011: Do you know where your teachers are? Do you know what and how your teachers are teaching? 4
  5. 5. Importance of AlignmentAlignment is an even stronger predictor ofstudent achievement on standardizedtests than are socioeconomic status,gender, race, and teacher effect. (Elmore & Rothman, 1999: Mitchell, 1998; Wishnick,1989) 38 5
  6. 6. Alignment is:• Content and skills• Rigor• Activities• Application• Level/type of questioning (critical thinking, higher-order vs. recall) Aligned with the standards Aligned with what will be assessed
  7. 7. “We need to think carefully about what it willtake for the Common Core and NC EssentialStandards to become fully operationalized inevery classroom, every year, from kindergartento high school graduation.” 7
  8. 8. I. Understanding theCommon Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards 8
  9. 9. Common Core State NC Essential Standards Standards • Science (Adopted by 48 states and the • Social Studies District of Columbia) • World Languages • English Language Arts • Arts Education • Mathematics • Healthful Living • Career & Tech Ed • Exceptional Children • English as Second Language • English Language Development (approved 2008) • Information & TechnologyNOTE: English Language Development and Information & Technology Essential Standardsmust be delivered by classroom teachers through ALL content areas, in appropriate gradelevels– in collaboration with AIG, EC, ESL, media coordinators and tech facilitators. 9
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  11. 11. What do the Common Core State and NC Essential Standards look Like? 11
  12. 12. Common Core Big Picture1. Aligned with college and work expectations2. Focused and coherent3. Includes rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills4. Internationally benchmarked – prepares students for global economy & society5. Based on evidence and research 12
  13. 13. Rationale for Implementation• EQUITY – Expectations the same regardless of where students live• School/College/Career Readiness – Students need to be more than just proficient at the current grade• Comparability – State results will be comparable through common assessments 13
  14. 14. Rationale Cont…• Shared Resources – Ability to share and team across district and state lines• Economies of Scale – Possible savings due to sharing of resources and assessments• Student Mobility – Students encounter same standards wherever they go 14
  15. 15. Common Core MATHEMATICSElementary• Kindergarten number core• K-5 math foundation• Continuous progression through grades• Procedural skills + conceptual understanding 15
  16. 16. Middle• Robust middle school standards• 8th grade algebra• Hands-on, applied learning in algebra, geometry, probability, statistics 16
  17. 17. High School• High School mathematics applications solve messy, real world problems• High school students apply mathematics to novel situations, as college students and professionals do – unexpected problem solving• Mathematical modeling in physical, economic, public policy, social and everyday situations – integrates mathematical and statistical methods and reasoning 17
  18. 18. Common Core ELA Reading• Staircase of increasing complexity in reading • Diverse array of literature and informational “sample” texts • Critical content “types” mandated 18
  19. 19. Writing• Begins in kindergarten• Logical arguments (opinion writing)• Research writing featured prominently• Includes student writing samplesSpeaking & Listening, Language, Media & Tech• Each are integrated throughout the ELA standards 19
  20. 20. What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Common Core, that Educators need to be aware of? See “Doug Reeves discusses the Common Core State Standards” Min: 6:35 – 16:05. 20
  21. 21. NC Essential Standards Big Picture• Narrower and deeper• Clear articulation of skills, understandings, and learning experiences critical at each grade level• Infusion of writing; 21st century content; thinking and learning skills; and life skills throughout the content standards• Reflection of rigor, relevance, and relationships (integration) between and among subject areas. 21
  22. 22. • Developed for readiness – elementary, middle, high school, college, workforce, and beyond.• Mindful of 21st Century skill requirements• Measurable and concise• Integrated with other content areas• Driven by Revised Blooms Taxonomy (RBT) 22
  23. 23. A Sample of 21st Century Skills• Strong base of knowledge in core disciplines• Global awareness, social & cross-cultural skills• Financial, economic, business, entrepreneurial skills• Civic, health, & environmental literacy• Creativity, innovation, & problem solving• Speaking, writing & presenting• Communication & collaboration• Information, media, & technology—literacy & use• Effective work in teams• Initiative & self direction• Adaptability & flexibility• Leadership, responsibility, & accountability
  24. 24. II. Supporting the Change 24
  25. 25. “Principals need to get to know thestandards. A critical principal role inimplementing the standards change processis to facilitate powerful conversationsregarding what the new standards indicatestudents should know and be able to do bythe time they enter and leave each gradelevel. To do this, principals need to becomeintimately familiar with the organization,scope, depth and purpose for the newCommon Core and Essential Standards.” 25
  26. 26. Principals Are Responsible For:• Explaining rationale and getting “buy in”• Creating teacher collaboration opportunities• Helping teachers find common ground (w/old standards)• Ensuring informational writing in all subjects• Helping identify “Power Standards”• Locating and reallocating resources• Ensuring Common Formative Assessments• Encouraging teachers and students to exceed the standards 26
  27. 27. Key Management Structures Support Implementation1. Department Head/Lead Teacher Role—rethink???2. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)3. Shared Decision-Making & Distributed Leadership 27
  28. 28. Management Structures Cont…4.Evaluation Considerations- How do principals know good instruction for the Common Core and Essential Standards when they see it?- How do principals incorporate a standards- based lens during classroom walk-throughs and formal evaluations— in so many different subject areas? 28
  29. 29. III. Utilizing the Principal’s Transition Plan Tool 29
  30. 30. Standards Implementation Tool: Areas to Address• Teachers’ knowledge of the Standards• Teachers’ understanding of the Standards• Communicating w/ all stakeholders about the Standards• Resources & tools (for teacher understanding)• Adoption of resources & tools (for instruction)• Ongoing professional development support• Assessment (formative & summative, online)• Data & Evaluation 30
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  32. 32. State District Principal Timeline 32
  33. 33. Tips on working with the Transition Plan1. Highlight District Implementation and Transition Process activities that are directly relevant to you in your school.2. Think about how the District activities impact what you will do in your building.3. Consider the amount and kind of support you will require from your district & NCDPI.4. Be mindful of the State’s goals and be sure to address each of these at the school level. 33
  34. 34. IV. Meeting Challenges and Accessing Support 34
  35. 35. Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) 35
  36. 36. • District Implementation Team 1. Know who they are 2. Read the District Plan• DPI Staff & Other Resources 1. Common Core Summer Institutes 2. PD Leads & NERESA 3. Professional Development Cycle 4. Online modules 36