School Improvement Innovation Summit to Address Common Core Challenges

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National Experts to Lead Discussions on Common Core Standards Adaptation

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We are honored to have presenters with such high credentials and insights speak on a topic that is so important and is much debated.

The First Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit to be held July 11-13 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah will bring together education experts from across the country to discuss one of the most highly-debated issues facing educators today - Common Core Standards. Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Sydnee Dickson and Kathy Glass will all provide their insights on how school districts can incorporate Common Core Standards in their curriculum.

Ideally, the Common Core Standards "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them," extending from Kindergarten through grade 12 in both ELA and math. These standards will influence every aspect of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary education.
While it can be confusing to try to implement the standards across curricula, classes, content, and assessments, there are proven strategies to make the task more palatable. Summit attendees will learn:

  •     How do you plan a multi-year implementation of the Common Core Standards, so you are ready when the new Assessments kick in? Dr. Sydnee Dickson, Director of Education Quality and Licensing at the Utah Department of Education, will discuss how the state of Utah developed and is implementing a five year plan that builds capacity and high-quality instruction across both urban and rural districts, reaching over 38,000 teachers with just 80 trained facilitators.
  •     How are districts and curriculum designers starting to use the Standards? What are the hidden hurdles? What benefits are they starting to see? Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc., will lead a virtual interactive session on adapting to the Common Core Standards.
  •     What can districts do now to incorporate the Common Core Standards into their daily routines to drive improvement? Kathy Glass, curriculum and instruction consultant and noted author, will demonstrate how the English language arts Common Core Standards can be grouped to create a comprehensive curriculum map for targeted units of instruction.

“We are honored to have presenters with such high credentials and insights speak on a topic that is so important and is much debated,” said Chet Linton, CEO of School Improvement Network. U.S. Education Commissioner, Arnie Duncan, has said that, “states will need to translate standards into classroom teaching that will help all students master these new Standards. I am excited to hear what these experts have to tell us on this subject.”

The First Annual School Improvement Innovation Summit is a conference for users of the award-winning PD 360 professional learning solution from School Improvement Network (SINET). It will also include sessions with Karen Cator, Director of Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, along with education experts Michael Fullan and Curtis Linton.

PD 360 has opened the doors for educators and administrators to access best practices in education, with real classroom examples from the top experts. Now, SINET is offering those same experts and authors all in the same venue. Besides sessions on vital school issues, the Innovation Summit will also include hands on sessions for these School Improvement Network solutions:

  •     PD 360
  •     Observation 360
  •     Learning 360 Framework
  •     Equity 360

About Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc., is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction. She is the author of six books, most recently, The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates and Tools for Effective Professional Development, co-authored with Ann Johnson, Curriculum 21: Essential Education for A Changing World, which was selected as the worldwide member book by ASCD.

About Kathy Glass
A former teacher and master teacher who holds a current teaching certification, Kathy Glass now serves as a curriculum and instruction consultant. She is a nationally recognized speaker and noted author of many books and articles.

About Sydnee Dickson
Sydnee Dickson is the Director of Educator Quality and Licensing at the Utah Department of Education, board member of the National Staff Development Council (Learning Forward), and the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and the Learning 360 Framework, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. The School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

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