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  1. Common Core State Standards What Parents Need to Know Oswego CUSD 308 ~Music Credit: Vince Guaraldi Trio “Linus & Lucy”, 1964

  2. Traits of thecommon core

  3. Engagement

  4. Achievement

  5. Brain Sweat

  6. Growth

  7. Rich Discussions

  8. Independent Learner

  9. Challenge

  10. Reach

  11. Increased Rigor

  12. High Expectations

  13. What is Common Core? • National Gov. Assoc. and Council of Chief State School Officers (state-led and driven initiative) • An effort designed to improve educational outcomes for all students • A set of consistent, voluntary, rigorous, internationally-benchmarked standards in Math, English Language Arts, and Science • Emphasis that Standards “are not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business” • 46 States have adopted these Standards

  14. Why Common Core Standards? • Clear, consistent standards equip parents/educators to understand and support what children should learn and know • Common Core Standards are aligned to International Standards from the highest achieving countries (Students globally competitive) • These standards are designed to prepare students for success in whatever they choose to do after graduation (College and Career Readiness / Citizenship) • These standards will prepare our students for career success in the rapidly changing world of work (21st Century skills for 21st Century jobs!) • Common Core Standards ensure that all students regardless of income or geography, have the opportunity to engage in equally challenging work

  15. Local/National Standards are No Longer the Yardstick… • In a global economy we compare our schools, our districts and our country to the best performers in the world. • Can our students apply knowledge the way that other students from high performing countries (Finland, etc) can?

  16. Application of knowledge a key! • Our students learn concepts….but in what way? • The concern was --- are we teaching students to extrapolate from what they have learned and apply their knowledge in varied situations? • 242 students need to be transported to the park for a field trip. How many busses are needed if the busses hold 65 students each? • A) 3.72 • B) 4 • C) 2

  17. Implications for Students“Brain Sweat” • Rigorous content and application of knowledge through high order skills (Perseverance, Independence) • Clear, understandable, and consistent standards • Alignment with college and work expectations for all students • Increased rigor will impact student performance and grades (report cards, MAP and ISAT) – i.e. you may see an initial dip!!

  18. Math Common Core Standards • Eight Math Practices which will reflect what educators will seek to develop in their students • Students will be required to demonstrate increased levels of: Focus Coherence (Conceptual Connections) Fluency Deep Understanding Real Life Applications Dual Intensity

  19. English Language Arts • Balance of informational and literary text (more nonfiction and digital literacy) • Integrated approach to instruction • Students will need to independently read and comprehend more complex texts earlier than current expectations demand (Staircase of Complexity) • From Kindergarten, students will be expected to explain their thinking in writing and speaking based on evidence (text-based support) • Writing will be integrated in all content areas at all grades! • Academic Vocabulary (ex. “discourse,” “theory,” “principled”) in addition to content specific vocabulary (“mitosis”)

  20. District 308 Plan Our Common Core Executive Committee has established a Five-Year Plan for Common Core Implementation. This is an abbreviated version of the plan: Year 1: Awareness (11-12) Focus on Practices and Anchor Standards Year 2: Begin Lesson Design (authentic (12-13) performance tasks) Year 3: Continue Lesson Design (13-14) Begin Unit Design Year 4: Continue Unit Design (14-15) Assessments aligned with CCSS Year 5: Full Immersion in CC– all grade (15-16) levels

  21. “SUSTAINED LEARNING” • To “Sustain” (according to Webster’s II) • …to keep up; maintain • …to supply with nourishment • …to support the spirits, courage or resolution of • …to withstand or endure • …to uphold as valid, true or legal • …to corroborate; confirm

  22. Help Your Child at Home:SUSTAINED LEARNING • Learning does not end in the classroom-talk to your child about school • Build a partnership with your child’s teacher • Create a dedicated place for your child to study • Encourage real-world relevance of what is learned at school • Model love of reading, research and math and build a “Culture of Inquiry” • Allow your child to persevere!

  23. “Learning should not be for 40 minutes or 40 days, rather for 40 years.”--Grant Wiggins