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Intro. to CCSS

Common Core State Standards

Gabrielle Al Kahtani

on 2 April 2013

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) outline grade-by-grade goals for all K-12 students—goals that are attuned to the advanced literacy skills needed for college, career and citizenship. The CCSS communicate a common understanding of what students should know and be able to do by their high school graduation. The standards are the result of a state-led initiative overseen by organizations of the nation’s governors and state education commissioners. Nearly all states and the District of Columbia have adopted the CCSS. Common Core State Standards The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Most States Adopted the CCSS Most States Adopted the CCSS A common misconception about the Common Core State Standards is that they dictate to teachers how to teach (teaching methods) and what to teach (curriculum). Misconception CCSS-Reading-Grade 1 What does this mean ? CCSS-Math-Grade 1 Benefits of the Common Core State Standards http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_Math%20Standards.pdf References: Introduction to the Common Core What is the CCSS? It is imperative that the CCSS be considered the
“floor”—not the“ceiling”—
when it comes to expectations
for student performance in the 21st century. The Common Core State Standards, aligned with college and work expectations, focus on learning expectations and will improve the academic achievement of all students. The benefits of the Common Core State Standards will positively impact both teachers and students alike. The Common Core State Standards will provide students with the necessary skills to access higher education and to compete globally in the workforce. The Common Core is a vehicle that will assist educators in creating quality and fair skills-based instruction for all students. The 21st century skills embedded in the Common Core will pave the way for students to think, reflect, analyze, influence, evaluate, and communicate. The Common Core State Standards will enhance teacher collaboration. When teachers across the world use the same standards and common language, collaboration becomes more meaningful. Professional development at conferences, professional organizations, and across networks will be more powerful than ever. When teachers share best practice, students benefit. The Common Core State Standards will provide more stability for the mobile student. In order to close the achievement gap once and for all, educators need consistency with learning targets for 5 each grade level. Clear expectations across each county, state, and nation will help create constancy for students who move due to economic and personal reasons. The Common Core State Standards, when combined with methodologies, effective instructional strategies and survival skills, will help create strong, motivated, positive members of a global society. Compare
P21-CCSS http://www.teachingthecore.com/about/ What does this mean for coordinators at FIS? Planning: All coordinators should meet prior to planning. You need to look for the gaps. For example, is a particular skill currently addressed in the third grade, but addressed in the Common Core standards at grade four? Is there content in the Common Core standards that has not been covered at all under our existing skills/standards? http://www.arteducators.org/research/10_Steps_for_Migrating_Your_Curriculum_to_the_Common_Core.pdf Then decide...how will we bridge these gaps? Understand: We are part of an incredible point in education. CCSS and 21st Century Skills are allowing us to make exciting changes in our curriculum and the way we teach. All of this means we will be offering our students learning experiences that will be relevant, challenging and meaningful. All staff should be aware that the key to a smooth transition is purposeful, pragmatic professional development for educators. Important: Visualize the Standards’ Full ‘Trajectory’ It’s important to look at any educational standard vertically. Don’t look at just one grade because that’s the grade you teach (or the grades for which you serve
as an administrator). Rather, look at (at least) a grade below and a grade above to determine what students should have learned before and what will be expected of them next. Gap Analysis Example ‘Trajectory’ Think About How Standards Cross Curricular Disciplines With the Common Core standards, reading, writing, speaking, listening and language standards apply across content areas. Curriculum, therefore, needs to enable these standards to be addressed and assessed no matter what the discipline. Likewise, students must be provided with materials that will enable them to access content no matter what their reading level. Educators and consultants say the new standards will require a whole new level of
collaboration among grade-level and interdisciplinary teams. Create A Repository Of Lesson Plans
And Other Resources The migration to the Common Core standards may require that educators teach new material in new ways. But before teachers start developing lesson plans from scratch, there should be a concerted effort to pool knowledge, materials and resources. To begin, coordinators will do lesson planning and assuring the proper resources are available. Teachers may request additional resources if they feel necessary. From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins CCSS-Grade 1-Writing Let's Look at a
Grade 1 Examples Are you
out yet? Follow blogs of
teachers who are
currently working on the CCSS. Follow blogs
of Teachers
already implementing the CCSS...
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