The LTF team has spent considerable time working on a proposal to become the partner for PARCC to develop Education Leader Cadres to help implement Common Core State Standards. This is an incredible opportunity to help educators help each other. The Education Leader Cadres (ELC) utilizes a train the trainer model to create experts in each of the 26 PARCC states that can share their expertise with other teachers in their states. The ELC will help disseminate the model lessons that will be used to ensure a more rigorous classroom experience for students.
Standards alone never change instruction. Teachers change instruction. Having a piece of paper say that students will determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions - can be done with an easy text or a complex text. Teachers need the resources to pick the right text for their students.
LTF provides model lessons for Common Core which is why we so strongly believe in creating the ELC to help all teachers transition to more rigorous classroom lessons to dramatically improve college readiness through CCSS. We hope we clearly demonstrated that in our proposal.