Friday, October 5, 2012

Common Core Resources!

Please join The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program for a panel discussion
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Coffee and continental breakfast will be served at 9:00 am; panel will begin promptly at 9:30 am
Common Core State Standards:
What Will It Take for Our Students to Succeed?
An expert panel of policy and education leaders accompanies the release of new resources from the Aspen Institute.
Featured Speakers:
Mark Murphy
Secretary of Education, Delaware
Sonja Brookins-Santelises
Chief Academic Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
Michael Cohen
President, Achieve
Dwight Davis
Classroom Teacher and Teach Plus Fellow, District of Columbia Public Schools
Moderated by:
Ross Wiener
VP and Executive Director, Education & Society Program, The Aspen Institute
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Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis
For more information, call 202-736-5857 or
About This Event
Adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent a challenge to all of us to redefine high-level, thought provoking instruction as the norm for all students, in all schools. Educators and policymakers are focused on supporting district schools and teachers as they work to implement the standards with fidelity, creativity and flexibility. To mark the release of three new CCSS resources, the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program is convening a panel of distinguished leaders of implementation to assess current efforts and outline priorities for the work ahead.
The Aspen Institute is releasing a new primer entitled Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on Close Reading of Text. Early guidance related to "Close Reading of Text" sparked a controversy among reading experts and created confusion in the field; the Close Reading primer provides straightforward advice to practitioner leaders and policymakers on how to use this strategy to improve student achievement.
Leveraging the value of "common" in the Common Core, the Aspen Institute networked literacy leaders in Baltimore, MD, Charlotte, NC, and Hillsborough, FL to create training materials for teachers; the first two installments focus on developing educators' ability to select appropriately complex text and the use of text-dependent questions. These materials are currently being used to train teachers across these districts and other urban school districts and will be made publicly available on October 9th.
Succeeding with the CCSS demands coordinated action at the policy, system, and school levels. The panel discussion will feature key leaders from across these sectors, including a classroom teacher, who will discuss the latest developments in training teachers and principals, aligning new evaluation systems with CCSS expectations, and developing new instructional and assessment materials. CCSS Discussants will address the following questions:
  • What have we learned from early efforts to implement the CCSS?
  • What strategies need the most focus moving forward?
  • How can policy best support and take stock of efforts in the field?
Coffee and continental breakfast will be served at 9:00 am; the panel will begin promptly at 9:30 am.
RSVP Required
Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, call 202-736-5857, or
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