Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Common Core and Diverse Learners


Common Core and Diverse Learners

Here are some notes from the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre panel discussion on common core and diverse learners.  Panel members:
  • Mike Casper, NEA
  • Mel Riddle, NASSP 
  • Barbara Beske, Student Achievement Partners
  • Dr. Phyllis Lynch, RI DOE 
  • Dr. Lynn Shafer Willner, GW-CEEE

How will common core improve ELL and Special Needs education opportunities
·      CCSS makes literacy a part of the culture and that has to be the level 1 intervention every day in ever classroom for ELL
·      Literacy rich environment that CCSS will drive the change necessary for improved learning for diverse populations
·      Sharing of standards and expertise creates a far better program
·      Standards are written for all students – all students must be provided the opportunity to achieve college and career readiness.
·      Focus and coherence provides teachers the time to work with diverse learners – allows the teacher to see what students know and what they need to know to be on the path for College and career readiness
·      PARCC has 4 of the big six states for ELL along with those with the largest growth in ELL population
·      Stanford Understanding Language closely working with PARCC on ELL focus: http://ell.stanford.edu/
·      NEA is focused on equal access and Common Core gives us the ability to work together to truly reach diverse populations and make a real difference
·      High expectations of Common Core
·      Chance of students with needs getting the support they need with a paper and pencil test is slim – accommodations can be built into the technology enhanced assessments! Delivering and providing access
·      This is not about sorting students – this is about lifting all students which we know can be done. Common core helps moves that forward
·      Native American population
·      ELL students must be asked to do expansive thinking with outputs with Common Core
How does teacher collaboration improve:
·      We need to build individual teacher capacity and the collective capacity by being team oriented
·      Functional language analysis –
·      Throw out leveled text! Bring on appropriately complex texts for students at grade level.
·      Address the language complexities of mathematical materials will really help ELL’s learn
·      Structure of common core does not hold back advanced students at all – but allows for all learners to succeed