Spring and Summer CCSS Professional Development Institutes: Coming to a City Near You!


Implementing the Common CoreCalling all educators, near and far—are you still working hard to implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? Looking for great professional development opportunities this spring and summer? Looking for opportunities that come to your neighborhood?

A recent poll from ASCD SmartBrief showed that this year, 52 percent of educators received more Common Core-related professional training than last year, with 30 percent of respondents reporting they spent “much more” learning time on the CCSS. Well the folks at ASCD have heard your calls.

With this in mind, we’ve added a whole new list of locations for spring and summer Professional Development Institutes focused on bringing the action right to you. Just as the fall and winter institutes were held in eight different cities—Little Rock, Nashville, Atlanta, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Honolulu, and Denver—the spring and summer institutes will bring another eight locations into the mix.

View this short video to learn more about the institutes.

Five different institute series will be coming in April and May, with options available for those in Seattle, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Charlotte, Louisville, New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Read on for more information and the full list of dates.

One-Day Institutes

In Implementing the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy and Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Mathematics, you will look more deeply into the specifics of each subject, including

  • Close reading of multiple kinds of texts for multiple purposes.
  • Addressing the implementation of reading and writing across the curriculum.
  • Shifts in classroom norms and instruction based on the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
  • Clustering mathematical standards to form manageable units.

Full schedule:

Philadelphia, Pa. – April 28 (both Mathematics and English Language Arts)

St. Louis, Mo. – May 7 (English Language Arts) and May 8 (Mathematics)

Washington, D.C. – May 14 (English Language Arts) and May 15 (Mathematics)

Seattle, Wash. – May 18 (English Language Arts) and May 19 (Mathematics)

In Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core, you will learn how to align the multiple measures of assessment available with the CCSS and create a system of data collection and analysis to enable higher levels of student achievement.

Full schedule:

Louisville, Ky. – April 28

Boston, Mass. – April 28

Philadelphia, Pa. – April 30

St. Louis, Mo. – May 5

Washington, D.C. – May 13

Seattle, Wash. – May 19

New York, N.Y. – May 23

Two-Day Institutes

In addition to the one-day institutes, ASCD is offering a pair of two-day institute series this spring and summer. The first, Common Core and Understanding by Design: Planning with the End in Mind, draws on the work of popular ASCD authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. These institutes focus on showing participants how to unpack the CCSS and create the high-quality curricula and assessments needed to prepare students for the demands of college and the workplace.

Full schedule:

Louisville, Ky. – April 28–29

Boston, Mass. – April 28–29

New York, N.Y. – May 19–20

Lead the Change to Common Core State Standards: Get Essential Tools for School and District Leaders is the second two-day institute on the schedule for this spring and summer. If you are a school or district leader responsible for bringing the CCSS from awareness to implementation and sustainability, this is the institute for you. Among other things, attendees will learn

  • What the Common Core Standards look like both in planning and design for instruction and also in the classroom.
  • What changes will be necessary for the school or district to move toward full implementation of the CCSS and prepare all students to be college- and career-ready.
  • How to monitor progress during implementation and use new success metrics.

Full schedule:

Philadelphia, Pa. – April 28–29

Louisville, Ky. – April 30–May 1

Boston, Mass. – April 30–May 1

St. Louis, Mo. – May 5–6

Washington, D.C. – May 12–13

Seattle, Wash. – May 18–19

New York, N.Y. – May 21–22

For more information on ASCD’s Professional Development Institutes, visit our list of available institutes. Find out more about ASCD’s resources supporting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards at www.ascd.org/commoncore, and learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships at www.ascd.org.