EPIC staff can lead workshops for your organization on the topics identified in the book chapters. Please visit the EPIC Workshop and Professional Development Page) to learn more about the services offered and to contact an EPIC representative for further information or scheduling.
For anyone who has not already done so, review the overall structure of the Common Core State Standards by looking at the primary documents. Focus on the big ideas of the standards. Refer to Educore, a website sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and devoted to Common Core implementation (http://educore.ascd.org/).
Watch and share the series of videos from the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers on the Common Core. The videos feature members of the Common Core State Standards writing team and are designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents better understand the standards’ origins and implications for teaching and learning (www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html).
If you’re not sure what’s going on in your state in regard to the Common Core State Standards, review material on the Education Commission of the States website, which tracks all state actions related to the Common Core State Standards (http://www.ecs-commoncore.org).
Discuss the origin of the Common Core State Standards in small groups. Determine the degree to which you have agreement on the need for and value of common standards across states in English language arts and mathematics. Listen to concerns.
Skim the introduction to the Common Core Standards in each of the subject areas. What questions are left unanswered? For a fuller discussion of the rationale and need for the Common Core State Standards, refer to John Kendall ’s book, Understanding Common Core State Standards (the first chapter of is available online: http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/112011/chapters/The-Common-Core-Standards-in-Context.aspx).
Connect your faculty with the Common Core resources developed by the National Council of Teachers of English. These resources specifically address the key shifts for the English Language Arts standards, including text complexity, nonfiction and informational texts, and literacy across the disciplines (http://www.ncte.org/standards/common-core).
Introduce math teachers to the notion of learning progressions through material on the website of the Institute for Mathematics and Education (http://ime.math.arizona.edu/progressions/).
For an in-depth look into the history of standards-based reform, read Laura S. Hamilton, Brian M. Stecher, and Kun Yuan ’s Standards-Based Reform in the United States: History, Research, and Future Directions (http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/reprints/2009/RAND_RP1384.pdf).
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