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David Griffith, Director of Public Policy at ASCD; Trevor Greene, Toppenish High School, National Principal of the Year; and Liisa Moilanen Potts, ELA Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) presents a unique opportunity to revolutionize student achievement with next-generation approaches to curriculum, professional development and assessment. As schools and districts move forward with implementation, communication with parents and community members becomes critical to a shared understanding of the changes brought about by the Common Core State Standards. In this session, key issues that should be considered by stakeholders as they craft their communication and outreach strategies will be discussed, as well as resources available through Ready Washington.
Nathan James, Vice President of GMMB; Chris Barron, Partnership for Learning
Representatives from the Washington Congress of Parents and Teachers (WSPTA), the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA), and the Washington School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) will share information related to communication strategies being used by each organization to communicate the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessments.
L. Michelle, President, Washington School Public Relations Association; Sherry Krainick, Legislative Director, Washington State PTA; Michael Wilson, Director of Communications, Washington State School Directors’ Association
District teams will meet to process information and discuss communication strategies; single attendees will meet by job-alike roles to share information.
1. Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (PPT)
Anne Gallagher, Mathematics Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction; Patty Stephens, Secondary Mathematics Instructional Specialist, Northshore School District
What do our students need to be ready to take their next steps after high school? Whether going on to careers or college, selecting the right answer is no longer good enough. Students must function as mathematician by explaining their reasoning and assumptions, comparing solution methods, and representing their answers in multiple forms (e.g., verbal, graphic, symbolic). In this session, learn what aspects of the Common Core standards are critical to communicate to parents.
2. Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) (PDF)
Liisa Moilanen Potts, ELA Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction; Amy Abrams, Grade 7–8 Language Arts Teacher, Northwood Middle School, Kent School District
The Common Core State Standards in ELA call for a purposeful shift toward more informational text with more of a focus on increasing the complexity of the texts students read and discuss, and developing skills in argumentative writing and research. Speaking and listening skills as an avenue to evaluate, integrate and present information from many sources is emphasized. In this session, learn ways to communicate the changes to parents and the community.
3. Smarter Balanced Assessments (PDF)
Christopher Hanczrik, Director of Assessment Operations, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Smarter Balanced assessments are a key part of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing all students for success in college and careers. With the field testing of Smarter Balanced assessments this school year and the full administration of the tests to students in 2014–15, key communicators will be provided with the most up-to-date information about the status of test development and learn ways to develop public awareness.
4. Communication Awareness
Nathan Olson, Communications Manager, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction; Chris Barron, Communications Manager, Partnership for Learning; Kareen Borders, Grade 7–8 Science Teacher and NASA Explorer School Team Lead, Key Peninsula Middle School, Peninsula School District
As public awareness of the Common Core continues to grow, it is imperative that key communicators provide useful, accurate information and are able to provide answers to the myriad questions parents may have. Learn how to think strategically about communications—both the content and means— with key school constituencies to facilitate understanding for the standards.
Summit cosponsored by ASCD, Washington State ASCD, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), OSPI, and Partnership for Learning
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