Common Core Communication Network: Webinars

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Missouri Superintendent Helps Skeptical Community Understand and Embrace Common Core

Description: NSPRA's Vice President at Large for Superintendents, Dr. CJ Huff, describes the efforts his district, Joplin (Mo.) Public Schools, has undertaken to combat misinformation about the Common Core and how it has helped the community to see the benefits the reform carries for students. This podcast is part of LFA's Get It Right campaign.


KY Chamber Leader Explains Why Business, Conservatives Support Common Core

Description: David Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, discussed his organization’s support of the Common Core State Standards and politics in the state with the Learning First Alliance. The conversation, part of LFA’s “Get It Right: Common Sense on the Common Core” campaign, shows how schools progress toward the new standards and improve students’ learning.


The Use of the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) Data and Transition to the Common Core

Description: Webinar presenters Carolyn Eastman, CCSSO Consultant, and Nicole Paulson focused on critical changes in methods and content of curriculum that teachers will need to incorporate into their instruction, including examples of instructional strategies consistent with the transition and a short video clip that illustrates an instructional strategy with teaching fractions. The recording and use of the power point presentation are being made available for broad use by educators and leaders interested in learning about the key transitions to instruction and curriculum under the Common Core Standards. Users may decide to convene a group of teachers and leaders to watch and listen to the recording together and use it as a basis for discussion. The webinar discussion was led by Andrew Hinkle, Ohio special education specialist and Rolf Blank, CCSSO program director.


CCSSO Webinar: What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Items

Description: CCSSO hosted a webinar with 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki on the recently released Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced sample assessment items in English language arts. Ms. Mieliwocki, a seventh grade English teacher, offered her reactions and guidance to fellow teachers on what the new assessment items can illustrate about the Common Core State Standards and accompanying assessments that their students will be experiencing soon. After discussing select sample assessment items from PARCC and Smarter Balanced, Ms. Mieliwocki offered suggestions for teachers - individually and in collaborative conversations with their peers - on how they can reflect on these new expectations for students and the subsequent implications for their teaching practice and for state education agency staff regarding their role in supporting educators to have these rich discussions.


CCSSO Webinar: One Percent Assessment Consortia and the Common Core

Description: CCSSO hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the two 1% percent assessment consortia, Dynamic Learning Maps and the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Partnership. These new alternate assessments that serve students with the most significant cognitive disabilities will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and are expected to fit cohesively within the comprehensive assessment systems under development by the federal grant recipients: the Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). Both DLM and NCSC are to be ready for use by the 2014-15 school year, the same year in which the comprehensive assessment systems will be operational.


The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction

Description: Kansas EAG State Consortium project supported this webinar. Presenters Meredith and David Liben, ELA instructional specialists and professional development leaders, work with Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit organization founded by three of the contributing authors of the Common Core State Standards that assembles educators and researchers to design actions based on evidence to improve student achievement. The webinar includes discussion led by Sandra Warren, ASES SCASS adviser, and Kris Shaw, ELA specialist in Kansas State Department of Education. The recording and presentation are provided for broad use by educators and leaders interested in learning about the key transitions to instruction and curriculum under the Common Core Standards.


The Common Core State Standards: Supporting Districts and Teachers with Text Complexity

Description:To provide states with additional Common Core State Standards implementation support, the Council of Chief State School Officers hosted a one-hour webinar to share tools and resources to support teachers and districts on text complexity, which is the linchpin of the ELA standards. The webinar featured Sue Pimentel, a member of the Common Core State Standards English language arts writing committee, as well as representatives from the Kansas and Louisiana Departments of Education.


CCSSO Webinar: Overview of the English Language Proficiency Development Framework

Description: CCSSO is pleased to announce the publication of a new CCSSO resource to provide guidance to states on aligning English Language Proficiency standards with the Common Core State Standards and the forthcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework outlines the underlying English language practices found in the CCSS and the NGSS, communicates to ELL stakeholders the language that all ELLs must acquire in order to successfully engage the CCSS and NGSS, and specifies a procedure by which to evaluate the degree of alignment present between the Framework and ELP standards under consideration or adopted by states.


Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Shifts and Implications for Instruction

Description: Kansas EAG State Consortium project supported this webinar, which included presenter Beth Cocuzza, of Student Achievement Partners. Beth is a New Jersey mathematics educator and curriculum expert. Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization founded by three of the contributing authors of the Common Core State Standards that assembles educators and researchers to design actions based on evidence to improve student achievement. Brett Moulding, educator and curriculum director in Ogden, Utah, led the webinar discussion. The recording and presentation are provided for broad use by educators and leaders interested in learning about the key transitions to instruction and curriculum under the Mathematics Common Core Standards.


Mathematics Common Core Standards and the Concept of Focus

Description: CCSSO hosted a webinar on the Common Core mathematics. Our presenter was Ellen Whitesides, advisor for the Math SCASS.  The webinar included a presentation on the concept of focus in the Math standards, the work of the Math SCASS, and information on the Illustrative Mathematics Project.


CCSSO Webinar: Introduction to the K-8 Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for Educators and Policy Makers

Description: The endorsers of the publishers' criteria — CCSSO, the National Governors Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, Achieve, and the Council of Great City Schools —  cohosted a webinar to introduce state and district curriculum leaders, education policy-makers, and teachers to the K-8 Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The Publishers' Criteria, released in July 2012, aim to support faithful CCSSM implementation by providing criteria for materials aligned to the Standards.


Student Achievement Partners' Release of Common Core PD Modules

Description: CCSSO will host a webinar to mark the release of four professional development modules designed to support district and school leadership in their transition to the Common Core. The modules are designed to be incorporated into summer professional development sessions or during back to school planning. Sandra Alberti, Director of State/District Partnerships and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners, will introduce the modules and talk about how to incorporate them into your professional development plans. The four modules cover the following topics: the Common Core Shifts in Math, the Common Core Shifts in ELA/Literacy, Creating Text Dependent Questions in ELA/Literacy, and Instructional Leadership in the context of the Common Core.


The Common Core Standards: Engaging Higher Education

Description: CCSSO hosted a webinar on engaging higher education in Common Core implementation on April 5, 2012. During the webinar, Vince Verges from the Florida Department of Education presented on the state's partnership with higher education, the Institute for Evidence-Based Change released a rubric for states to evaluate their engagement with local institutions of higher education, and Sharmila Basu Conger from the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) briefed participants on the College Readiness Partnership, a collaborative effort between AASCU, CCSSO and SHEEO to promote broad implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA), with a focus on those issues at the intersection of K-12 and higher education systems. The presenters addressed audience questions at the end of the webinar.

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