Making the Common Core Come Alive! e-Newsletter

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Supporting Educators in the Implementation of the Common Core

Author, Heather Clayton Kwit

“The Common Core State Standards initiative has the potential to cause some of the most influential changes in teaching and learning our country has ever experienced."

Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK) released a new e-newsletter, Making the Common Core Come Alive! The author, Heather Clayton Kwit, is principal of Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford Central School District, New York. She writes with administrators, teachers, parents, and students in mind and provides strategies that can help educators implement the Common Core State Standards in ways that maximize its positive impact on student learning. More than 1,600 educational professionals are pre-publication subscribers to this free monthly e-newsletter. It can be accessed at http://www.justaskpublications.com/commoncore.

Kwit writes, “The Common Core State Standards initiative has the potential to cause some of the most influential changes in teaching and learning our country has ever experienced. While much has been written about the instructional shifts embedded in the standards, little has been written about the mind shifts that need to occur to successfully implement these standards that are designed to raise the bar for our students in terms of college and career readiness. Educators must change their thinking about how they design curriculum, plan instruction, choose resources, deliver lessons, respond to learners, and use evidence to inform further teaching. Administrators need to collect evidence about teaching and learning that looks different from previously collected data, and parents are challenged to support their children’s learning in different ways. Students must now take more responsibility for their own learning.”

The first issue of Making the Common Core Come Alive! identifies Mind Shifts that are essential for the successful implementation of this important work. Future issues of Making the Common Core Come Alive! include:

  • Habitual Thinkers: Creating Classroom Cultures
  • Meaningful Questions: Engaging the Mind
  • Uplifting Conversation: Promoting Meaningful Discourse
  • Navigating Unchartered Waters: Close Reading of Complex Texts
  • Thinking Outside of the Box: Fostering Creativity
  • And the Winds Changed Direction: Using Data to Inform Practice
  • Catching a Falling Star: Designing Quality Interventions
  • Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Promoting Reflection

Just ASK provides a multifaceted support system for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Over the last twelve years, Just ASK consultants have coached thousands of teachers in the development and implementation of standards-based units. Those units were based on district criteria, now most often aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Additionally, Just ASK’s best-selling book, Instruction for All Students, has been updated to explicitly note strategies most likely to ensure that classroom instructional plans provide students’ opportunities for successful mastery of the more demanding learning criteria found in the Common Core. Even more free support materials are available in the Just ASK Resource Center in the Resources for Using the Common Core State Standards and Creating a Standards-Based Instructional Program section.

For more information about the Making the Common Core Come Alive! e-newsletter or to subscribe, go to http://www.justaskpublications.com/commoncore.

About Making the Common Core Come Alive!
Making the Common Core Come Alive! is a new monthly e-newsletter from Just ASK. The author, Heather Clayton Kwit, ASK Group Associate and Principal of Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford Central School District, New York, explores strategies that can help educators implement the Common Core in ways that maximize its positive impact on student learning. It is designed to provide guidance for administrators, teachers, parents, and students; we encourage you to use entire issues to promote thought-provoking discussions and use key points as handy inserts in newsletters or posts on district and school websites.

About Just ASK Publications & Professional Development
Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (http://www.justaskpublications.com) provides publications, products, and consulting services for educators in formats that facilitate a shared understanding and use of best practice in teaching, learning and leading in classrooms, schools, and districts in the 21st century. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Just ASK is the trusted choice of prominent school districts such as: Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland; Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Florida; Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia; Memphis City Schools, Tennessee; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina; Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida; Las Cruces Public Schools, New Mexico; Jefferson County (Jeffco) Public Schools, Golden, Colorado; Klein ISD, Texas; the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Schools, California; and Wellesley Public Schools, Massachusetts.

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