Exerpts from Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS)
Issue 34 • February 20, 2013
Some Features from the newsletter:
- Professional Development Videos on ELA/Literacy and Mathematics
- America’s Business Leaders Support the Common Core State Standards
Professional Development Videos on ELA/Literacy and Mathematics
The Council of the Great City Schools also released a 45-minute professional development video, “From the Page to the Classroom: Implementing the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy” for central office and school-based staff and teachers on the shifts in the Common Core in English language arts and literacy. The video provides background on the Common Core and the three shifts inherent in the standards. The video features David Coleman, Lily Wong-Fillmore, and footage from a classroom showing how English language learner kindergarten students are engaged in reading and discussing ideas from complex text in English. The video can be stopped and restarted at various spots to allow for discussion.
CGCS also released a corresponding 45-minute professional development video on the shifts in the Common Core for mathematics, “From the Page to the Classroom: Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.” This video emphasizes the three shifts inherent in the standards for mathematics education and features Jason Zimba. Like the ELA/Literacy video, this video has start and stop points to allow for discussion to build a shared understanding of the shifts.
America’s Business Leaders Support the Common Core State Standards
On February 12, 2013, 73 of America’s top business leaders came together and published an open letter in the New York Times declaring their support for the Common Core State Standards. The letter noted that the presidents, CEOs, and chairmen of many of America’s leading companies, “support these new, tougher academic standards that are currently being rolled out in classrooms across the country. These standards will better prepare students for college and the workplace, something of critical importance to the nation’s employers. The changes now under way in America’s schools hold great promise for creating a more highly skilled workforce that is better equipped to meet the needs of local, state and national economies.”