Common Core Professional Development Institutes Coming Soon to a City Near You!

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Common Core Square Icon with imagesIt doesn’t matter whether you’re a middle school science teacher, elementary principal, or a superintendent, implementing the Common Core State Standards can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, ASCD continues to roll out new resources to aid in your transition to the Common Core. I’m particularly excited to share the upcoming Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) with you because they were each developed to target a specific audience of educators with skills they need to implement the Common Core in their particular role.

Time is precious and knowing that you are attending a PDI focused on the specific tools you need for a smooth, successful implementation of the new curriculum (without all of that other stuff that doesn’t relate) makes every moment feel worthwhile. The one- and two-day institutes will be held in nine U.S. cities between November 2013 and February 2014 on five Common Core topics. Upcoming institute topics (and their intended audiences) are listed below.

Common Core and the Understanding by Design® Framework: Planning Units with the End in Mind

This two-day institute will enable teachers, curriculum leaders, district leaders, school-based administrators, and higher education faculty to unpack the Common Core State Standards and create the high-quality curricula and assessments needed to prepare students for the demands of college and the workplace. The institute will run

  • November 18–19, 2013, in Little Rock, Ark.
  • December 9–10, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.
  • January 14–15, 2014, in New Orleans, La.
  • February 3–4, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii

Lead the Change to Common Core State Standards: Get Essential Tools for School and District Leaders

This two-day institute will give school leaders the tools and information necessary to lead staff in implementing the Common Core State Standards. School leaders will find out why leading the change demands fundamental shifts in classroom instruction. Leaders also will receive action steps to ensure that each staff member contributes to the success of implementation. The institute will run

  • November 20–21, 2013, in Little Rock, Ark.
  • December 2–3, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif.
  • December 2–3, 2013, in Denver, Colo.
  • December 4–5, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • December 11–12, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.
  • January 16–17, 2014, in New Orleans, La.
  • January 27–28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.
  • February 3–4, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • February 5–6, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Using Formative Assessments to Meet the Demands of the Common Core

In this one-day institute, teachers, curriculum leaders, district leaders, school-based administrators, and higher education faculty will learn how to use tools and develop strategies to implement formative assessments that link to the instructional shifts in the Common Core. The institute is also an opportunity for educators to explore ways to use multiple measures to ensure that their assessments lead to a system of data collection and analysis that results in higher levels of student achievement. The institute will run

  • December 4, 2013, in Denver, Colo.
  • January 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy Focus

This one-day institute will engage teachers, administrators, literacy specialists, and higher education faculty in activities to understand the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards. The institute will also explore the resources and processes available to support implementation of the standards. Key concepts will include close reading, writing scope and sequences, clustering standards to integrate appropriate strands of language arts, and the implementation of reading and writing across the curriculum. The institute will run

  • December 5, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • December 9, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.
  • February 3, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • February 5, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Mathematics Focus

In this one-day institute, teachers, curriculum leaders, district leaders, school-based administrators, and higher education faculty will learn to use the actual language of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Educators will unpack and cluster the standards to form manageable units. The institute will run

  • December 6, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • December 11, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.
  • February 5, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • February 6, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Is there a PDI listed above that you are particularly excited about? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to visit www.ascd.org/ccpdi to register for the Common Core Professional Development Institutes of your choice!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hello Ms. Byland,
    I am excited to see that there is professional development available. I wish that there was something that was available for Special Education teachers. I teach LD/CD self-contained 10th grade English and am struggling with trying to adapt the 10th grade common core to my students who are reading anywhere between 10 years to 4 years below grade level.
    Thank-you,
    Laura

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