ImplementingtheCommon Core State Standardsand the North Carolina Essential Standards The Administrator’s Role
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“In order to positively impact student achievement, the Common Core State and NC Essential Standards must be not just adopted but implemented.”
“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.”
“We need to think carefully about what it will take for the Common Core and NC Essential Standards to become fully operationalized in every classroom, every year, from kindergarten to high school graduation.” ESL Occupational EC AIG
I. Understanding the Common Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards
Common Core State Standards (Adopted by 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) • English Language Arts • Mathematics NC Essential Standards • Science • Social Studies • World Languages • Arts Education • Healthful Living • Career & Tech Ed • Exceptional Children • English as Second Language • English Language Development (approved 2008) • Information & Technology NOTE: English Language Development and Information & Technology Essential Standards must be delivered by classroom teachers through ALL content areas, in appropriate grade levels– in collaboration with AIG, EC, ESL, media coordinators and tech facilitators.
What do the Common Core State and NC Essential Standards look Like?
Common Core Big Picture • Aligned with college and work expectations • Focused and coherent • Includes rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills • Internationally benchmarked – prepares students for global economy & society • Based on evidence and research
Rationale for Implementation • EQUITY – Expectations the same regardless of where students live • College/Career Readiness – Students need to be more than proficient • Comparability – State results will be comparable through common assessments
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
Common Core MATHEMATICS Elementary • Kindergarten number core • K-5 math foundation • Continuous progression through grades • Procedural skills + conceptual understanding
Middle • Robust middle school standards • 8th grade algebra • Hands-on, applied learning in algebra, geometry, probability, statistics
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
Common Core ELA Reading • Staircase of increasing • complexity in reading • Diverse array of literature and • informational “sample” texts • Critical content “types” • mandated
Writing • Logical arguments (opinion writing) • Research writing featured prominently • Includes student writing samples Speaking & Listening, Language, Media & Tech • Each are integrated throughout the ELA standards
What are some of the strengths (and weaknesses), of the Common Core, that principals need to be aware of? http://www.leadandlearn.com/multimedia-resource-center/video-library?video-topic=355 See “Doug Reeves discusses the Common Core State Standards” Min: 6:35 – 16:05.
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.
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)
“Principals need to get to know the standards. A critical principal role in implementing the standards change process is to facilitate powerful conversations regarding what the new standards indicate students should know and be able to do by the time they enter and leave each grade level. To do this, principals need to become intimately familiar with the organization, scope, depth and purpose for the new Common Core and Essential Standards.”
Prepare to Launch! IMPLEMENT
Principals Encourage, Facilitate, & Manage: • Rationale and “buy in” • Collaboration opportunities • Common ground (w/old standards) • Informational writing • “Power Standards” • Locate/reallocate resources • Common formative assessments • Exceed the standards
Key Management Structures Support Implementation • Department Head/Lead Teacher Role • PLCs • Shared Decision-Making & Distributed Leadership
Management Structures Cont… • 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?
Principals’ Concerns • What are some of your questions, fears and concerns about your role in this implementation? Time? Expertise? Resources? Accountability?
Standards Implementation: Nuts & Bolts • 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
Tips on working with the Transition Plan • Highlight District Implementation and Transition Process activities that are directly relevant to you in your school. • Think about how the District activities impact what you will do in your building. • Consider the amount and kind of support you will require from your district & NCDPI. • Be mindful of the State’s goals and be sure to address each of these at the school level.
Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/ http://www.commoncore.org/maps
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 & RESA 3. Professional Development Cycle 4. Online modules https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/login/index.php
Regional Professional Development Consultants Support RttT Professional Development Initiative (Section D5 of NC’s Plan) • NC Evaluation System • Common Core & Essential Standards • Data Literacy • Capacity team building for sustainability
July 14-15, 2011 West Stokes High School Stokes County Region 5 July 21-22, 2011 Maiden High School Catawba County Schools Region 7 July 19-20, 2011 Pasquotank High School Pasquotank County Region 1 June 27-29, 2011 Grove Park Inn, Asheville (in conjunction with Annual Summer Leadership Conference) Region 8 July 26-27, 2011 Pinecrest High School Moore County Region 4 July 12-13, 2011 Kinston High School Lenoir County Region 2 2011 Regional Common Core Summer Institutes North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Formative Support • Summer Institutes: • Support the development of a cadre of professional development leaders in each district • Prepare district leaders to sustain professional development efforts in the years ahead
Summer Institute Formative Support Formative Support July June Aug RESA Session RESA Session May Sept Annual Professional Development Cycle Formative Support April Oct Formative Support Nov Mar RESA Session RESA Session Feb Dec Jan Formative Support Formative Support RESA Session
We can create a culture of learning to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards with fidelity by Fall 2012-13. School Planning What supports do you have in place?