A blog posting by Tim Dove
With summer arriving tomorrow, I always loved the public perception that those of us involved in education have some time ‘off'. After being in the field in different capacities for 36 years I am still waiting for that experience of a huge chunk of time ‘off'. The summer does give us the opportunity to get to some of our reading list and other activities that we spend differently to continue our work. That "just in time" learning comes into play as well. After discussions with NSCEE colleagues at the Summit recently there are a few documents that might be "just in time".
I would like to suggest the review of two documents that might assist our members with upcoming planning and discussions regarding the implementation of ESSA this fall. Yes, this is part of the many support materials CCSSO has been creating to support these efforts, but the direct links are here.
The first is the nine page State Strategic Vision Guide. It is a consideration for Chiefs and key SEA leadership as they solidify, reform and enact their vision for their state in the context of increased flexibility now provided in the federal law. The state vision should represent the local context, how improvement in education will best be achieved and input from a wide variety of stakeholders in the state. The guide presents the elements of a strategic decision-making and planning process. It is divided into four sections; 1) Articulate State Vision and Priorities, 2) Identify Opportunities for ESSA to Support State Priorities, 3) Determine Strategies, and 4) Plan for Implementation. Each section contains questions to consider to help state leaders think holistically about policy adjustments while at the same time determining how ESSA can support the State Strategic Vision.
The second is an eight page document of "Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act". This document is helpful with messaging the differences between ESSA and NCLB and what is accurate interpretation of how resources can be used. The document includes responses to questions frequently posed by States as they prepare to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind. These responses are based upon our current understanding of the law, as of May 20, 2016, and the current best thinking on these issues.
For the entire (and current) page of ESSA support documents from CCSSO is...
Enjoy your reading list this summer, and try to spend time with those who matter. Take Care, Tim Dove