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Alexandria, VA (03/25/11)—ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) has been awarded $3 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a multifaceted program to support teachers in the classroom and advance understanding and implementation of the common core state standards in states and districts.
"ASCD is uniquely positioned to assist with the country’s common core standards implementation," said ASCD CEO Gene R. Carter. "Because rapid adoption of the common core standards has outstripped both professional and public understanding of the standards and their potential for changing the learning and teaching paradigm, it is essential that district and school leaders have the opportunity to learn about the standards and raise questions that will help guide their transition, implementation, and communication strategies. Our diverse membership and experience in providing quality professional development can help educators make successful common core standards implementation a reality."
"Our shared goal is to help districts and states realize the capacity of the new standards to fundamentally change the learning experience of students. We must ensure all students can acquire the skills required for college and career success," said Vicki Phillips, director of education, college ready, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
ASCD’s plan supports the goal of effectively implementing clear, consistent, college- and career-ready standards by providing broad access to a suite of processes and tools for states and districts that will optimize effective, results-based standards implementation. ASCD will also convene a series of meetings across the country to hear from educators about what they need for successful implementation.
ASCD is committed to translating high-quality research about how students learn into practical professional development for teachers. ASCD will provide teachers easy access to materials for teaching to the standards and translate the standards into multiple instructional techniques to ensure teacher understanding of the underlying concepts targeted in the common core standards.
The three-year project will begin in Spring 2011. For more information on ASCD and the common core standards, visit www.ascd.org/commoncore.
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