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Transitioning to Common Core: It’s Not About Common Core. Robert Schwartz Senior Advisor, New Teacher Center Board Member, Lighthouse Community Charter Guild Master, Hacker Scouts. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Transitioning to Common Core: Its Not About Common Core

Robert SchwartzSenior Advisor, New Teacher CenterBoard Member, Lighthouse Community CharterGuild Master, Hacker ScoutsDisclaimerThe views expressed during these 90 minutes are my own and do not reflect the views of the New Teacher Center, Lighthouse, or any other entity I may or may not be affiliated with. While I speak as if my views are factual, I recognize (and so should you) that they are highly editorialized. With that said, my assertions are research-based and reflect my almost 20 years in public education and in my role as a parent.Learning ObjectivesUnderstand how standards can be incorporated into a wider model of curriculum, instruction, and assessmentBegin to identify whats really important to your class/school/communityReflect on the history of the standards movement and its impact on curriculum and instruction

AgendaWhy Common Core State Standards?The Opportunity CCSS PresentsCreating Larger Learning GoalsMapping School-wide GoalsImpact of Goals on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Lets Begin How Weve Come to Common Core

A series of federal mandates culminating in NCLB created a high stakes environment6States created academic content standards, standards based testing systems, and public accountability indicesDistricts focused professional development, curriculum and instruction, and benchmark assessments to maximize success on accountability metricsTeachers narrowed the curriculum and instructional strategies used in order to show success on district benchmarks and statewide mandated testingStudents, particularly those in urban districts, no longer had access to rigorous curriculum and relevant instruction, necessary to participate in the new global societyBroadfoot, (2000); Darling-Hammond, (2004); Karp, (2004); Kantor & Lowe, (2006); DeLorenzo, et. al. (2009); Wagner, (2008)6Turn and talkPick an elbow partner. Spend 3 minutes discussing whether or not this is true for your classroom/school. Is this necessarily a bad thing?

The narrowing had negative ramifications for students futures8Common Core State Standards were born to address some of these gaps

So now, everyone is going Common Core crazyAre you?

Do you ever feel like this?FederalPolicyState/DistrictPolicyYour StudentsYourTeachersBusinessCommunityPublishers

There are many hopes about Common Core and what is going to happen

In reality:Move and talkGet up and find someone you do not know. Spend 5 minutes talking with them about:1. Your greatest hopes with Common Core2. Your greatest worries with Common Core

So lets step back and ask ourselvesWhat does our school and community value?

Forget about Common Core for a bitComplete this sentence in at least 5 different ways:When students leave our school, they should be able to

Spend 10 minutes by yourself or with others from your school to ask yourself this. Jot down as close to 5 different ways as possible.

*Reminder: Forget about Common Core for a bitOne example: View Park Prep Charter High SchoolWhen students leave our school, they will be able to: Write a sustained case of 1500 words free of mechanical error in a readable styleActively participate in a Socratic dialogue, referencing multiple primary and secondary documents to advance their argument.Solve multi-step problems and be able to describe, with accuracy, the methodologyWork as a productive team member to apply concepts from multiple disciplines in solving real-world problems Exhibit kindness, resiliency, and self-direction as a learner capable of thriving in any environment. We examined frameworks for defining success as part of an iterative processSelected aspects and the standards were mapped as part of a larger plan19Because, Common Core alone is not a sufficient curriculum20Intended CurriculumImplemented CurriculumAttained Curriculum21st CenturySkillsStateStandardsRigorRelevance RelationshipsStatewideAssessmentsGlobally CompetentCitizens20Tie to research questions.When we forget about the Implemented and Attained Curriculums21Intended CurriculumImplemented CurriculumAttained CurriculumStateStandardsStatewideAssessments21Tie to research questions.Given your larger school goals, does Common Core miss anything?*Reminder: This will narrow after SmarterBalanced debutsCollege and Career Ready in LiteracyMathematical PracticesThey demonstrate independence.Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.They build strong content knowledge.Reason abstractly and quantitatively.They build strong content knowledge.Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.Model with mathematics.

They comprehend as well as critique.Use appropriate tools strategically.They value evidence.Attend to precision.They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.Look for and make use of structure.They come to understand other perspectives and cultures.Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.Map your larger school goals to Common CoreTake 10 minutes. Examine your goals. Where do they fit within the broad concepts of Common Core. Do some of your goals not fit? How would you address that?Does Common Core address something you believe your school/community does not value? How would you address that?Reflection and wrap-upIf I was in charge of writing Common Core or Smarter Balanced, I would make sure to


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