Common Core Implementation and Curriculum Alignment Set as Prime Topics for the Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit this Summer

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Interactive Breakout Session On Statewide Common Core Standards Implementation by Expert Felicia Cumings Smith to Be Held at the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit, Hosted by Education Company School Improvement Network

Felicia Cumings Smith, Associate Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Next Generation Learners

As the associate commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Next Generation Learners, Felicia Cumings Smith has been one of the foremost leaders in implementing the Common Core Standards.

This summer, on Tuesday, July 17, Smith will share her experience and present strategies for state implementation of the Common Core Standards at the School Improvement Innovation Summit (SIIS) in Salt Lake City, UT.

Smith’s duties in the Kentucky Department of Education have given her special insight into the best ways to understand the Common Core Standards, to message them to a statewide audience, and to construct a framework to ensure successful implementation in each district in the state. As the head of three divisions within the state office, Smith’s work has been centered around P-12 teaching and learning for all learners; standards development and subject-area resources; school readiness initiatives; differentiated learning options for students including Response to Intervention; college and career readiness initiatives; educator effectiveness; and development and implementation of a new teacher and leader evaluation system.

“We’re honored and excited to have Felicia Cumings Smith present at this year’s School Improvement Innovation Summit,” said Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network, the company hosting SIIS. “She has been a pioneer in Common Core Standards implementation. As one of the first states to implement the Common Core Standards, Kentucky has broken ground with each step of their implementation, and Ms. Smith has been there for all of it, helping to guide the process. Ms. Smith and her colleagues in Kentucky are now regarded nationwide as models for successful Common Core implementation.”

To learn how to implement the Common Core Standards in your state, click here and register for the School Improvement Innovation Summit today.

To receive two additional, intensified, and interactive days of hands-on training on how to implement the Common Core Standards with world-renowned education expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs, click here to register for the 2012 Common Core Institute.

About School Improvement Network
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