Using Common Core State Standards to Improve College Readiness to be Theme of MCNC Winter Conference

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The theme of the 2012 MCNC Winter Principals’ Leadership Conference will be, “Using the Common Core State Standards to Improve College Readiness”. Issues such as how classrooms will look different, how do you support students and teachers in these hard economic times, and what does student leadership look like in MCNC schools will be addressed. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, California from February 16 through February 18. All Middle and Early College high schools, as well as prospective members, are invited to attend.

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham

At our conference we will show how the Common Core State Standards support the college ready work that many schools are already doing.

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, Executive Director and founder of the Middle College National Consortium, announced today that close to one hundred principals, school district personnel, college faculty and high school staff will attend the 20th annual MCNC Winter Principals’ Leadership Conference. A record setting forty high schools from across the country will participate. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, California from February 16 through February 18.

The theme of this year’s conference will be, “Using the Common Core State Standards to Improve College Readiness”. Dr. Cunningham stated that, “The Common Core State Standards are the vehicle that states are now using to improve teaching and learning. MCNC recognizes that many schools are struggling with this. At our conference we will show how the Common Core State Standards support the college ready work that many schools are already doing.” Issues such as how classrooms will look different, how do you support students and teachers in these hard economic times, and what does student leadership look like in MCNC schools will be addressed.

Another issue that is confronting, and confounding, schools across the country is teacher evaluation. According to Dr. Cunningham, “Many MCNC schools are using peer review as part of a more positive way to evaluate teachers while helping them to successfully improve their craft.” A panel of principals will discuss issues such as: “What data is used in the peer review process?”, “How is peer review meshed with current demands of state teacher evaluations?”, and “How is peer review used to focus teachers on school wide goals?”

To learn more about MCNC and register for the conference you can visit the MCNC website at http://www.mcnc.us. Middle College National Consortium is a pioneer in developing small schools on college campuses where high school students, especially those who have been previously underserved by their former schools, can earn both a high school diploma and either an Associate’s degree or transferable college credits upon graduation. MCNC, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment, in high school, as a viable and necessary college readiness educational model.

To get a comprehensive overview of the history, design principles, current work and achievements of the Middle College National Consortium, please visit us at http://www.mcnc.us.    

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Middle College National Consortium

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