Pearson Hosts Free Webinars For Educators on Common Core State Standards

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Expert Speakers Include Dr. Maureen McLaughlin, President-elect, International Reading Association; Ken Kay, CEO, EdLeader21; Dr. Maryellen Vogt, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education, California State University, Long Beach, CA

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Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, announced today a series of webinars designed to help educators prepare for the implementation of the Common Core Standards, to be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET from now through May 10, 2012. This “Get Ready To Go!” series will provide an understanding of the goals of the Standards, why they are important, and their implications for continued student success.

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Specific areas of focus include: What types of professional development will be necessary for changes in English Language Arts and Math; how the Standards will affect the transition to online assessments; a close look at the goals, timelines, and sample test questions of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers; connecting the Standards to improved teacher effectiveness and learning; and developing academic language and content knowledge for English Language Learners.

Featured Speakers And Topics Include:

  • Dr. Maureen McLaughlin, President-elect, International Reading Association; Brenda Overturf, PD consultant, former District Reading Coordinator, Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, KY)

10 Important Things We All Need to Know about the Common Core

  • Ken Kay, CEO, EdLeader21; Valerie Greenhill, Chief Learning Officer, EdLeader21

The 7 Steps Toward 21st Century Schools and Districts

  • Dr. Mary Ellen Vogt , Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach; Debbie Short, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC

Developing Academic Language and Content Knowledge in English Learners

  • Jesús Cervantes, ELL Author/Specialist

Common Core Standards and ELLS

  • Nicole Franks, senior content developer of literacy training and professional development for Pearson School Achievement Services

What Type of PD Will Be Necessary for Changes in Instruction in ELA?

  • Debbie Crawford, mathematics professional development program manager for Pearson’s School Achievement Services

What Type of PD Will be Necessary for Changes in Instruction in Mathematics?

  • Brad Ermeling, Senior Research Associate, Executive Director, Pearson Learning Teams

The Implementation Challenge: Connecting CCSS to Improved Teaching and Learning

  • Laura Beltchenko, Associate Superintendent, CUSD #118, Wauconda, IL

Productive and Thoughtful – Creating a Vision for Common Core Standards Implementation

  • Bryan Bleil, VP, Online & Technology Implementation, Pearson

Transition to Online Assessments as Part of Common Core

  • Dr. Julie Miles, Director of Psychometrics and Research Services, Pearson

The ABCs of Assessments – PARCC
The ABCs of Assessments – SBAC

  • Ann Borthwick, VP and Architect, School Achievement Services

Academic Transitioning into CCSS – Increasing Expectations and Support

Contact: Kate Miller, kate.miller(at)pearson(dot)com; 800-745-8489

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