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Transitioning to Common Core: It’s Not About Common Core. Robert Schwartz Senior Advisor, New Teacher Center Board Member, Lighthouse Community Charter Guild Master, Hacker Scouts.
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Senior Advisor, New Teacher Center
Board Member, Lighthouse Community Charter
Guild Master, Hacker Scouts
The views expressed during these 90 minutes are my own and do not reflect the views of the New Teacher Center, Lighthouse, or any other entity I may or may not be affiliated with. While I speak as if my views are factual, I recognize (and so should you) that they are highly editorialized. With that said, my assertions are research-based and reflect my almost 20 years in public education and in my role as a parent.Disclaimer
States created academic content standards, standards based testing systems, and public accountability indices
Districts focused professional development, curriculum and instruction, and benchmark assessments to maximize success on accountability metrics
Teachers narrowed the curriculum and instructional strategies used in order to show success on district benchmarks and statewide mandated testing
Students, particularly those in urban districts, no longer had access to rigorous curriculum and relevant instruction, necessary to participate in the new global society
Broadfoot, (2000); Darling-Hammond, (2004); Karp, (2004); Kantor & Lowe, (2006); DeLorenzo, et. al. (2009); Wagner, (2008)
Pick an elbow partner. Spend 3 minutes discussing whether or not this is true for your classroom/school. Is this necessarily a bad thing?
Get up and find someone you do not know. Spend 5 minutes talking with them about:
1. Your greatest hopes with Common Core
2. Your greatest worries with Common Core
What does our school and community value?
Forget about Common Core for a bit
“When students leave our school, they should be able to…”
Spend 10 minutes by yourself or with others from your school to ask yourself this. Jot down as close to 5 different ways as possible.
*Reminder: Forget about Common Core for a bit
When students leave our school, they will be able to:
*Reminder: This will narrow after SmarterBalanced debuts
If I was in charge of writing Common Core or Smarter Balanced, I would make sure to…