Dr. Kylene Beers and Dr. Robert E. Probst to Speak at Common Core National Conference

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Speakers announced for this year's National Conference on College and Career Readiness and Common Core State Standards.

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Dr. Kylene Beers and Dr. Robert E. Probst to Speak at Common Core National Conference

Today, the Center for College and Career Readiness has announced that Dr. Kylene Beers and Dr. Robert E. Probst will speak at the National Conference on College and Career Readiness and Common Core State Standards, June 27-29th in Orlando, Florida. Sold out for the past four years, the national conference attracts attendees from across the U.S. and from more than a dozen countries.

Together, Dr. Beers and Dr. Probst work with teachers across the nation to share strategies that help support the reading skills of struggling readers. They are coauthors of a new book: Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. Four years in creation, this critical text provides teachers the strategies they need to help all students learn the Close Reading strategies required to do the rigorous independent reading the Common Core State Standards demand.

During this year’s session, Helping Struggling Readers Develop the Comprehension Skills Required by the CCSS, Dr. Beers and Dr. Probst will address the critical issues of rigor, text-dependent questions, and text-complexity. They will also share specific strategies that teachers can use immediately in their classrooms, strategies that help all readers, but especially those who struggle to become critical, close, self-reliant readers.

In addition to learning more about the upcoming assessments, educators will develop a deep understanding of College and Career Readiness at this year’s national event. According to Kevin E. Baird, Chairman at the Center for College and Career Readiness, the critical issue is how schools approach the standards. States Baird, “If we view the standards as just a new checklist of things to teach, we will fail. To meet College & Career Readiness requirements, we need to get fifth graders reading at today’s eighth grade level. The NAEP results indicate more writing is critical. The new assessments require thinking – not just ‘knowing’. Accelerating two to three grade levels is more than a challenge – but it is possible.”

This year’s national event offers an optional pre-conference on June 27 and an agenda that features Common Core Resources Practicum, hands-on sessions. Participants in the national conference will experience presentations from Dr. Kylene Beers and Dr. Robert E. Probst as well as special guests sharing the latest PARCC, SBAC, and STAAR assessment information. The conference will focus on encouraging participants to develop and leave with pragmatic “to do tomorrow” tools.

Details for The National Conference on College and Career Readiness and Common Core State Standards
Date: June 27 – June 29, 2013
Location: JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort and Spa Orlando, FL
Register at: http://collegecareer.org/National_Conference.aspx
Contact: Lauren Zake at 800.318.4555

About The Center for College & Career Readiness
The Center for College & Career Readiness, part of the Curriculum Improvement Institute, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 research and training organization dedicated to the improvement of curriculum, instruction and assessment to increase college and career readiness skills across the globe. Partnering with publishers and private companies as well as government agencies, provincial and state education departments, and local districts and schools, the Center for College & Career Readiness is a global leader in the ceaseless efforts to move humanity forward by investing in human capital.

Educating Communities
The Common Core Institute and its partner, the non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness, provide no and low-cost educational sessions for community leaders, journalists, foundations and parent groups.

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