SCEE is working with states to ensure that the work of moving standards into practice is consistent and that the roles, responsibilities, and relationships between and among students, teachers, and leaders are conceptually coherent and practical.
New expectations for learning are embodied in the Common Core State Standards for students.
New roles and expectations for teachers are described in the updated InTASC model core teaching standards.
The vision for transformative leadership is captured in the ISLLC 2008 standards.
These standards provide the foundation for improving educator effectiveness.
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards
CCSSO shepherded the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and will soon be releasing new resources to accompany the standards. CCSSO also is crafting a set of teaching progressions to help inform the work of improving teaching and learning.
The InTASC Standards also are informing the work of CCSSO's Task Force on Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession.
For more information, see our blog posts--search the categories for "Standards."
May 2011 Webinar: A Deeper Dive Into the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.
ISLLC and SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
From reviewing the ISLLC standards for school leaders to investigating the changing work of principals in a Common Core environment to rethinking the evaluation of school leadership and the work of principals in evaluating teaching, CCSSO has put a great deal of effort into ensuring that the continuous improvement of school leaders is infused into our education workforce initiatives.
For example, go to the SCEE blog and click on the Blog Category "Principal Evaluation." Or check out these foundational resources for rethinking school leadership:
Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008 represents the latest set of high-level policy standards for education leadership and provides guidance to state policymakers as they work to improve education leadership preparation, licensure, evaluation, and professional development.
Performance Expectations and Indicators for Education Leaders is an ISLLC-based guide to implementing leader standards and a companion guide to the Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008.
The SCEL Toolkit for SEAs to Increase District Leadership Capacity was crafted to assist state education agencies (SEAs) in the development and implementation of cohesive leadership systems that result in highly effective school and district leaders, effective teachers, and proficient students.
COLLEGE AND CAREER READY STANDARDS
CCSSO has several efforts underway to support states:
- The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
Our Educator Workforce team is coordinating efforts within the new Center on Great Teachers and Leaders to help states as they build the knowledge and skills of teachers and leaders to implement college- and career-ready standards, including new science and CTE standards. This is brand new work; more information will be shared as the work rolls out. See our blog post about this new center or contact Kathleen Paliokas if you have questions in the meantime.
- Partnership with CCSSO's Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS) Collaborative
SCEE has been collaborating with CCSSO's other large-scale consortium, ICCS, as they help states specifically work on the systems-level reforms necessary to achieve the Common Core State Standards. See, for example, our webinars HERE and HERE and our blog posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.
- Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students
CCSSO is working with Learning Forward to help a demonstration state--Kentucky--create a statewide comprehensive professional learning system to support their implementation of the Common Core Standards and student assessments. Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Utah, and Washington are serving as Critical Friends States, contributing to the development of the system's tools and strategies, as well as documenting their own learning while shadowing Kentucky's accomplishments and challenges. Contact Kathleen Paliokas for more information about this effort.
- College Readiness Partnership
A partnership between AASCU, CCSSO, and SHEEO, the College Readiness Partnership has been designed to bridge K-12 and higher education in our work to ensure all students are college and career ready when graduating from high school. See our blog post HERE.