SOURCE: The Leadership and Learning Center

The Leadership and Learning Center

September 20, 2010 11:30 ET

Education Leaders Embrace National 'Common Core State Standards'

As Key Players in the Forefront of Education Reform, The Leadership and Learning Center Works Hand-in-Hand With Schools to Integrate 'Common Core State Standards' Into School Curriculum

ENGLEWOOD, CO--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) -  Across America, schools are being called upon to join an educational transformation and to implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Leadership and Learning Center (The Center), a premier provider of solutions for educators and school leaders, will hold a Common Core Standards Summit titled What They Mean and Making Them Work for Teachers, Administrators, and District Leaders on Nov. 11 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Summit will not only help educators understand the big picture of CCCS, but will also apply and implement the standards in a district or school.

Leading assessments and standards expert Larry Ainsworth will be delivering the keynote and will be joined by Professional Development Associates Lisa Almeida and Barb Pitchford. This Summit 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

"School adaptation of the common core began even before No Child Left Behind was passed," said Dr. Douglas B. Reeves, founder of The Leadership and Learning Center. "States started adopting their standards in the 1990's, and some earlier than that, because they had a common commitment to the implementation of these standards as a better way to evaluate children than traditional tests, which compared kids to each other. As a result of No Child Left Behind, the states adopted their own standards, but it was incredibly inefficient and there were wild inconsistencies from one state to the next."

Reeves also emphasized, "We need to start getting educators ready for common core assessments whether or not their state is currently adopting the common core because that will help set a new bar of clarity and specificity. It has always been the philosophy that when educators are briefed, and when states start early, they were miles ahead when it eventually came to integrating standards."

The Center has identified several important advantages of adopting Common Core State Standards at the national level including:

  • A level of rigor and clarity in expectations that is better than most states'
  • Clear connections among grade levels, as it errs on the side of specificity
  • A refreshing emphasis on nonfiction, informative writing -- The Center's research shows that being skilled in nonfiction writing helps students' ability to succeed in all subjects
  • Interdisciplinary literacy-science and social studies must include writing and reading
  • A firm focus on Kindergarten reading and writing to serve as a solid educational foundation
  • A focus on grade school, particularly rigor in grades six to eight, to prepare them for high school academically
  • An emphasis on engaging, classic literature, which promotes an improvement in a child's literacy

The Center feels potential disadvantages of CCSS might include the creation of a "cookie-cutter" assessment that doesn't take the individual or local issues into consideration; inconsistent grouping of grade levels; and discontinuities that include "spell correctly in elementary school," yet "spell with assistance in middle school." These disadvantages all underscore the importance of effective preparation and practices in all of the nation's school districts.

To date over 30 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 Leadership and Learning Center plans to make every resource, including seminars, publications and videos, "Common Core Standards Compatible" by Aug., 2012. For more on The Leadership and Learning Center's position on Common Core State Standards, listen to Dr. Douglas B. Reeves at www.LeadandLearn.com/ccss or to register for the conference, please visit www.leadandlearn.com.

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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