Implementing the Common Core and Essential Standards

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					      Implementing
            the
Common Core State Standards
         and the
  North Carolina Essential
        Standards

   The Administrator’s Role
Today’s Meet
http://todaysmeet.com/region7principals




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Ideas to ponder…




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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.”




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“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.”




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It’s 2011: Do you know
where your teachers are?
Do you know what and how
your teachers are teaching?
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    Importance of Alignment

Alignment is an even stronger predictor of
student achievement on standardized
tests than are socioeconomic status,
gender, race, and teacher effect.
             (Elmore & Rothman, 1999: Mitchell, 1998; Wishnick,1989)




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“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.”




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     I. Understanding
            the
Common Core State Standards
           and
   NC Essential Standards

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 Common Core State                        NC Essential Standards
 Standards                                • Science
 (Adopted by 48 states and the            • Social Studies
 District of Columbia)
                                          • World Languages
 • English Language Arts                  • Arts Education
 • Mathematics                            • 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. 11
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What do the Common Core State and
 NC Essential Standards look Like?




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      Common Core Big Picture
1. Aligned with college and work expectations
2. Focused and coherent
3. Includes rigorous content and application of
   knowledge through higher-order skills
4. Internationally benchmarked – prepares
   students for global economy & society
5. Based on evidence and research

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   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

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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

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  Common Core MATHEMATICS
Elementary
• Kindergarten number core
• K-5 math foundation
• Continuous progression through
  grades
• Procedural skills + conceptual
  understanding
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Middle
• Robust middle school standards
• 8th grade algebra
• Hands-on, applied learning in
  algebra, geometry, probability,
  statistics


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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
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        Common Core ELA
   Reading
• Staircase of increasing
  complexity in reading

    • Diverse array of literature and
      informational “sample” texts

           • Critical content “types”
             mandated
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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
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 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.
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 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.
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• 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)




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II. Supporting the Change




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“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.”
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                  Traps to avoid

Relinquishing responsibility
•“My assistant principal handles curriculum.”
•“I’m not a math/science/ELA… person.”

Overestimating
•“The teachers are getting plenty of training;
they’ve got a whole year to work it out.”
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Underestimating support needs
•“My people are professionals. I don’t need to be
looking over their shoulders on this.”

Expecting it to go away
•“We change the curriculum
 every few years in this state…”

Confusing priorities
•“PLCs are great, but we don’t really have time for
that around here.”
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Prepare to Launch!




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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
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  Key Management Structures
    Support Implementation

1.Department Head/Lead
  Teacher Role
2.PLCs
3.Shared Decision-Making &
  Distributed Leadership
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Management Structures Cont…
4.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?
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           Principals’ Concerns
• What are some of your questions, fears and
  concerns about your role in this implementation?




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  Your comments: How can we help?
• Your thoughts, comments, and questions:




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III. Utilizing the Principal’s
     Transition Plan Tool




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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
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State   District   Principal   Timeline




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       Tips on working with the
            Transition Plan
1. Highlight District Implementation and
   Transition Process activities that are directly
   relevant to you in your school.
2. Think about how the District activities impact
   what you will do in your building.
3. Consider the amount and kind of support you
   will require from your district & NCDPI.
4. Be mindful of the State’s goals and be sure to
   address each of these at the school level.
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IV. Meeting Challenges and
     Accessing Support




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Accountability and Curriculum
    Reform Effort (ACRE)
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/
     www.commoncore.org/maps




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                       Summer
                       Institute
                         July




                      Annual
                    Professional
Formative
 Support




                    Development
            April



                       Cycle


                         Jan

                        RESA
                       Session

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• 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 & NERESA
  3. Professional Development Cycle
  4. Online modules
   https://center.ncsu.edu/nc/login/index.php
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 Common Core State Standards &
North Carolina Essential Standards
      Support for School Executives

                Fall 2011

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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


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                                          July 14-15, 2011
    July 21-22, 2011                                                  July 19-20, 2011
                                       West Stokes High School
   Maiden High School                                              Pasquotank High School
                                           Stokes County
 Catawba County Schools                                              Pasquotank County
                                              Region 5
        Region 7                                                          Region 1




    June 27-29, 2011
Grove Park Inn, Asheville
  (in conjunction with Annual Summer
         Leadership Conference)          July 26-27, 2011                  July 12-13, 2011
            Region 8                   Pinecrest High School              Kinston High School
                                          Moore County                      Lenoir County
                                             Region 4                          Region 2

                                                                 2011 Regional Common Core Summer Institutes
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                                                                 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



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                       Summer
                       Institute
                         July




                      Annual
                    Professional
Formative
 Support




                    Development
            April



                       Cycle


                         Jan

                        RESA
                       Session

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 Formative Support

  Regional            Ongoing
                                         Module
 Support for         Support for
                                      Development
School /District    LEA/Charter
                                     and Deployment
 Executives           Cadres

  Blended
 On-Demand         Fidelity Checks    PLC Support
  Support



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How do we fit in with your work?




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 School Planning
                         We can create a culture
                         of learning to support the
                           implementation of the
           Where            Common Core State
           are we           Standards and North
           going?            Carolina Essential
                         Standards with fidelity by
                                Fall 2012-13.



 How do             Where               What
we close            are we           supports do
the gap?            now?             you have in
                                       place?


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Components of Local Curricula


                             Recommended
 Learning    Instructional
                                Delivery
  Targets      Sequence
                               Practices




Assessment   Professional     Policies and
 Guidance    Development      Regulations




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                Organize
                 Existing
                Resources



 Address                         Aligning
Policies and                   Resources to
 Practices                    New Standards


           Planning for
         Implementation
   Frame
                                Determine
Professional
                                  Gaps
Development



                 Develop
                Resources
               Where Needed



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Before we meet again…




  Review the                     Become
                Compile your
    Graphic                    familiar with
                Questions &
   Organizer                    the ACRE
                 Concerns
from your LEA                    website




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What’s Next?




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Ticket out the Door




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  Contact Information Region 7
• Keith Eades Regional Lead
  bobby.eades@dpi.nc.gov 252-455-0767
     Professional Development Consultants
• Heather Mullins
  heather.mullins@dpi.nc.gov
  828.244.8759
• Kimberly Simmons
  kimberly.simmons@dpi.nc.gov
  828.406.9237
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