RPDM™ Common Core State Standards Domain:
JP has developed a series of interactive workshops coupled with side by side coaching to help administrators and teachers become acquainted with the Common Core Standards, how they align to your schools curricula and what that will mean to them and their students. Training focuses on articulating the need and process for differentiation, developing tiered lesson plans, analyzing the value of assessment in determining next steps for instruction and identifying resources to make curriculum accessible.
Welcoming the Standards to Your School
This is an introductory session where participants will be guided through developing an enduring understanding of the need for change in not only teaching practices, but also improved outcomes for students. A gap analysis must be completed to determine the schools’ current curriculum aligns with the Common Core Standards. How do we unpack the “Outcome” standards to meet the needs for ALL students’ and improve teaching and learning through assessment. Discussion will center on the question, “What intentional or purposeful actions is your district or school doing to prepare teachers to implement quality instruction for the standards?”
Bridging the Gap: Meeting the Common Core Standards
Participants will be introduced to a tool (Ten Features of High Quality Instructional Tools) to identify high quality instructional materials using evidenced based indicators. Then, they use their new found knowledge of these indicators to develop instructional content and strategies that bridge any gaps. Developing a deeper understanding of how to differentiate instruction through teaching practices will enable all teachers to meet the needs of Special Needs Students, English Language Learners, and Standard English Learners.
Meeting the Common Core Writing Standards
Explicit Instruction on Writing Arguments, Informative/Explanatory Texts, and Narratives for struggling writers is the primary focus of this session. Participants will experience hands-on activities in back-mapping to foundational writing skills, planning explicit lessons to enable all students to become effective writers, using a rubric to score writing, and improve teaching and learning.
Standards for Mathematical Practice: Focus on K-5
Mathematical content has a renewed prominence in today’s world, and therefore in the education of our students. Therefore, to be effective, teachers must attend to Mathematical Practices connected with Mathematical Content. This emphasis must find it ways and be enacted in the teaching and learning that is taking place in the classroom on a daily basis. This emphasis calls for a shift in how we view and teach these concepts to students. The Common Core State Standards places a special emphasis on the Standards for Mathematical Practices. Although these practices are given their own distinct section, they should not be thought of as a separate skill set addressed in special lessons or supplements. The intent is that these essential mathematical habits of mind and action pervade the curriculum and pedagogy of mathematics, K-12, in age-appropriate ways. More than ever, teachers need to view these Content Standards as a continuum, and themselves as links connecting to the grade before theirs and the grade after theirs. Content standards are specified grade by grade and build on each other rather than repeating year after year. The Mathematical Practices are different. Though they can be enacted in an appropriate way at any level, they evolve and mature over years rather than days, along with children’s cognitive development and the nature and sophistication of the Mathematical Content. Participants in this session will identify differences between, and connections between, Content and Practice standards in the K-5 Classrooms. Through hands-on activity, teachers will develop a lesson based on the content that includes SMP within the lesson.
Instructional Planning: Meeting the Needs of All Students in Standards Based Schools
Public education is based on the premise that students learn as a direct result of classroom instruction. In this interactive session, participants will analyze the research base for Explicit Direct Instruction and identify the most effective practices for lesson design components, differentiation, and delivery strategies to meet the needs of the diverse student in your classrooms. Participants will unpack the Standards to determine foundational skills and clear learning objectives; identify effective and efficient instructional approaches based on evidence; and design Explicit Direct Instruction Lesson Plans.
Creating Effective Classroom Assessments for Standards Based Teaching and Learning
Assessments provide information to be used as feedback to modify teaching and learning activities. Participants learn how assessment becomes formative assessment when the evidence is actually used to adapt the teaching to meet student needs and how formative assessments help teachers name areas of strengths for students. They will explore such effective assessors as keep learning goals in mind based on Outcome Standards; consider assessment strategies; and determine what would constitute evidence that students have reached the learning goals. Participants will identify purpose of assessment starting with the end in mind; align assessment to the standards and ideally to the curriculum and instruction; and ensure quality of assessment.
Getting to Know the Common Core State Standards: Special Area Teacher Support
Meeting the rigorous Common Core State Standards will require a full team effort from every member of your staff and that includes Special Area (Physical Education, Art, Music) and Resource teachers. This workshop will not only increase their awareness and understanding, but participants will also walk away with concrete strategies for how they can incorporate CCSS instruction into their daily lesson plans in their special areas.
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