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).
Watch the Education Commission of the States conference presentation on how to implement the Common Core State Standards in the classroom (https://educationcommissionofthestates.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx?q=N1VVbOR2eYNe2%252ftQEhZ7rQ%253d%253d).
Read Bob Lenz and Ken Kay’s commentary on Common Implementation, appearing in Education Week and Edutopia (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/common-core-two-paths-bob-lenz-ken-kay). Discuss your school or district ’s approach to the transition to new college and career readiness standards. In what ways are implementation efforts focusing on compliance rather than achieving the goals of the Common Core State Standards?
Determine how familiar teachers in the school are with performance tasks. Many examples of performance tasks can be found online. Appendix B of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards contains examples at all grade levels, including college and career ready. To foster familiarity, have all teachers in a subject area score a common performance task, and then compare their results.
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