SOURCE: The Leadership and Learning Center

The Leadership and Learning Center

January 13, 2011 10:33 ET

2011 U.S. Tour Kicks Off 'Common Core State Standards' Solutions

Poll Reveals Staggering 96% of School Superintendents and Curriculum Directors Admit to Needing Further Preparation to Implement Common Core State Standards

ENGLEWOOD, CO--(Marketwire - January 13, 2011) - Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation in our nation's schools is gaining momentum in states all across the country, but are educators and schools CCSS-ready? A national poll conducted by The Leadership and Learning Center (The Center), a premier provider of solutions for educators, schools, and leaders; polled administrators across the nation. The results: 96% percent of the leadership that needs to implement CCSS is still unprepared to do so in their respective schools and districts.

Servicing this overwhelming need is The Center's Resource Center and its 2011 U.S. Tour. The U.S. Tour is aimed not only at helping educators and administrators understand the big picture of CCCS, but also at helping them to apply and implement the standards. The Center also offers a variety of learning opportunities and five solutions ranging from CCSS Summits to CCSS-related Subscriptions to complete CCSS Customized On-Site Team Packages that include learning-to-implementation objectives such as: leadership and action planning, intensive needs assessment, staff roll-out and implementation, prioritizing and unwrapping of the standards, and much more.

"It is disturbing that while on the state level CCSS will be the norm, that on the district level, superintendents, curriculum directors and administrators are still unclear as to what this means and how the implementation will take place," said Douglas B. Reeves, founder of The Leadership and Learning Center. "This is an essential time for educators in our country. We have a chance to lay a foundation for our future, and we need to get it right. The greatest danger in the short term is that teachers and school administrators will view national standards as additive. That is, they remain accountable for local and state tests, but must also claim, if they are cross-examined by external examiners, that they are 'doing' national standards. While we cannot alter the natural tendency of policymakers to wish to claim more accomplishments with fewer resources, time, and energy, we can at least offer some practical ideas for CCSS implementation."

The dates and locations for the 2011 U.S. Tour are as follows: San Jose, Calif., Jan. 12, 2011; Miami, Fla., Jan. 18, 2011; Boston, Mass., Jan. 27, 2011; New York, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2011; Clearwater Beach, Fla., Feb. 8, 2011; Charlotte, N.C., Feb. 22, 2011; Atlanta, Ga., March 9, 2011; Washington, D.C. April 13, 2011; Boston, Mass., April 26, 2011; Denver, Colo., May 11, 2011; Columbus, Ohio, May 19, 2011; and Des Moines, Iowa, June 14, 2011.

The first Common Core Standards Summit, titled "What They Mean and Making Them Work for Teachers, Administrators, and District Leaders," was first held back in September of 2010 and was completely sold out. Receiving rave reviews and requests for additional dates and locations, The Center decided to expand the resources to make them accessible to educators across the country. The Summits feature a pioneer in research, world-renowned speaker, and the author of more than 20 books, Douglas B. Reeves, who will also be delivering the keynote. Dr. Reeves will be joined by standards and assessment expert Larry Ainsworth, Maryann Wiggs, and several other prominent education experts. The Summits will guide and empower educators at all levels to:

  • Understand The Big Picture of Common Core State Standards
  • Prioritize and Unwrap the Common Core State Standards
  • Discover How Common Core State Standards Affect and Complement What Educators are Already Doing
  • Provide Leadership and Instructional Support for Common Core State Standards
  • Use the Common Core State Standards to Design a Rigorous Curriculum

"Many U.S. and Canadian systems are realizing the need to revamp their curricula to reflect increased rigor and to align more closely with current state or provincial standards, or to the new Common Core State Standards," stated Larry Ainsworth, executive director of professional development at The Leadership and Learning Center. "For educators to meet the challenging learning needs of students, comprehend all the standards, prepare for a variety of formative and summative assessments, and demonstrate proficiency on high-stakes state or provincial tests; they must have a clear road map to follow throughout the school year. This U.S. Tour provides that road map."

To date over 40 states have already adopted CCSS, which the 2010 Common Core Initiative states "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them." The standards were developed by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards include a list of expectations in English and language arts and in math for students at all grade levels from kindergarten through 12th grade.

For more on The Leadership and Learning Center's position on Common Core State Standards and the resources that The Center provides, or to register for the U.S. Tour, please visit www.leadandlearn.com/CCSS or call toll-free 1-866-399-6019.

About The Leadership and Learning Center
The Leadership and Learning Center provides world-class professional development services, cutting-edge research, and innovative solutions for educators and school leaders who serve students from pre-kindergarten through college. The Center has worked in all 50 states and every Canadian province, as well as Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. The Center works with public school systems, as well as religious and secular independent schools, charter schools, community colleges, technical schools, universities, state departments of education, national ministries of education, and international education associations. Center Professional Development Associates are experienced superintendents, principals, administrators, and educators who provide comprehensive practices for clients in the area of standards and assessment, instructional strategies, leadership and accountability, data analysis and collaboration. For more information please visit, www.leadandlearn.com.

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