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By Erik Powell
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have occupied the thoughts of educators around the country for the past several years. Professional development, research, and hours of collaboration have been devoted to making sure schools are ready to implement the standards successfully. Teachers have redesigned lessons, units, and assessments to align with the CCSS, while critics have suggested the whole enterprise kills creativity in the classroom and smacks of a rigid national curriculum.
What is the most effective way to respond to the Common Core standards? Can educators align their curriculum with them and still create an engaging, worthwhile curriculum that will develop students’ thinking skills and prepare them for life beyond school?
I hope we can explore this topic in a candid, interactive way during my sessions on November 2 at ASCD’s Conference on Educational Leadership in Las Vegas. My hope is that we’ll be able to investigate several ways to capitalize on the Common Core in order to build great curriculum and assessments that not only develop proficiency for standardized exams but also, and more importantly, develop our students into more critical and creative thinkers. To do so, I plan to share real examples from real classrooms—both successes and failures (including my own)—and give participants the chance to share their experiences as well. By the end of each session, we should all walk away with new ideas for how to make the Common Core standards work better for our students.