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Professional Development: Instructional Leadership and the Common Core
Overview: The Instructional Leadership and the Common Core State Standards Module is a 1.5 hour module designed to guide you, the school-level instructional leader, in beginning the work of understanding and implementing the Common Core. Resources available in this module may also support content supervisors, central office leaders, and coaches in the work of planning and carrying out the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The module addresses five areas of consideration:
- Knowledge of the shifts,
- Setting a vision for college- and career-readiness,
- Developing clear metrics to guide the work,
- Building capacity in the school, and
- Staying engaged in the work.
This module has been designed specifically for leadership teams at the school and district level. It could potentially also be used by school leaders to support their reflective practice in leading their community of educators through Common Core implementation. This module can also be used to lead a series of discussions that can extend into leadership meetings with teams focused on the work of implementing the Common Core State Standards.
How to Get Started: You are encouraged to customize any or all portions of this module to meet your needs, or the needs and structures of your setting. Be sure to read the User's Guide first! You can find it below the PowerPoint presentation.
What's in this Module?
The PowerPoint presentation informs you about 5 critical aspects of instructional leadership important to supporting quality implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The notes within the slide deck provide thorough information to guide individual learning or to prepare to deliver this presentation to a group. The deck can be divided into its five component sections, with time to process each section individually. The notes in the PowerPoint indicate which activities included in the module support each section. To view the notes, download the full PowerPoint.
User's Guide: Be Sure To Read This First!
The User's Guide is a detailed guide for you, the self-learner and/or facilitator. The guide includes a summary of the contents of the module, followed by suggestions for using the module—whether you have 1.5 hours or more time available. There is a summary of each of the activities and full references/links for all papers, videos, and other web resources.
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All times are suggested and can be expanded to incorporate more discussion as needed. Any portions of this module may be modified, reproduced, and disseminated without prior permission.
Activity: Reflecting on Actions
This activity provides you with the opportunity to process and reflect on the shifts. It is important that you not only listen to these shifts, but also internalize them—to be able to speak to others about them, to use them to guide the work of implementation, evaluation of resources, evaluation of PD offerings, etc.
This activity prompts you to start applying the descriptions of the shifts to the work that happens within the classroom. It supports the opportunity to both identify challenges to address as well as opportunities that exist, in an effort to leverage current effective practices.
This activity could be done at the end of each shift presentation [slide 12 for ELA/Literacy and slide 28 for mathematics].
Activity: Getting to Measurable, Meaningful Metrics
One option for group facilitation is to actually have small groups present their 5 year and 1 year descriptions to each other and provide feedback to each other, most importantly on the linkages between the shifts, the descriptions, and the metrics.
Another important role of the facilitator here is to make sure that the descriptions and metrics are realistically prioritized.
Activity: Building Capacity for the Work
Discussion: Staying Engaged
Depending upon the setting and application of this module, participants can evaluate various websites and share with the larger group. In addition, if this module is delivered to a team, this would be a good time to develop an engagement and information sharing process.
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