Mel Riddle was one of the panelists at the first PARCC Educator Leader Cadre meeting held in July. He is from NASSP and really knows Common Core. My favorite quote from his time as a school leader:
“you have to hold student achievement as the constant and time as the variable if you truly want to succeed with every student”
He has a written “Ten Keys to Success: The Principal’s Role inImplementing the Common Core” at the NASSP website.
The ten key elements are vision, focus, easy, mindsets, implementation, collaboration, leadership, time, inclusive and collective. Makes no sense unless you read it.
“In summary, the CCSS represent a daunting challenge for school leaders. This work is too important to leave to chance. Just as we must build the capacity of our teachers to deliver these new standards, so too, must we invest in building the capacity of our school leaders to implement them."