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Building Systems, Structures, and Strategies to Bring the CCSS to Routine Practice in EVERY Classroom Dr. Judy Carr, The Center for Curriculum Renewal ( Curriculum Directors PLC Series)

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2013-2014 Statewide Common Core Professional Development Series
The Vermont Professional Learning Network (PLN) (Champlain Valley Educator Development Center – Northern Vermont, Lamoille Area Professional Development Academy – Central Vermont, and Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative – Southern Vermont) are pleased to announce that we are bringing Judy Carr to Vermont. Judy will facilitate the Curriculum Directors PLC Series.

Curriculum Directors PLC
Those in charge of local curriculum face unique opportunities and challenges as they design approaches to curriculum articulation, assessment design, and professional learning across schools. They often are the only one in their setting in this role, so the PLN is providing sessions where Curriculum Directors will form a community of learners around shared questions particular to their roles and responsibilities for implementing the Common Core State Standards. Curriculum Directors will form a statewide PLC and meet at VTC in Randolph four times during the 2013 – 2014 school year. In addition, ongoing interactions will be facilitated through weekly blog posts, a resource website that will be updated regularly, and ongoing, online dialogues about problems of practice.

Intended Audience: Curriculum Directors and or Assistant Superintendents responsible for curriculum; AOE and higher education personnel and independent consultants focused on implementation of the Common Core.

• Session 1: “To Scope and Sequence or Not to Scope and Sequence:” Critical Issues in Building Systems of Common Core Implementation
– What does the language of the Common Core and the Publishers’ Criteria suggest is essential for effectively implementing the Common Core?
– In what ways can we make clear our district’s/school’s expectations for teaching and assessing the CCSS?
– What instructional leadership roles are most essential for us as curriculum directors?

• Session 2: Designing and Using Assessment Systems at All Levels
– In what ways does the Common Core itself call for the use of assessment data?
– How can we build effective and efficient systems of assessment and use of data at all levels – district, school, and classroom?
– What criteria define a high quality assessment system?
– What are examples of tools and protocols we are currently using or could “borrow” from other places to strengthen our assessment systems?

• Session 3: Tying Strategic Instruction to the Common Core Standards
– What instructional approaches are called for by the Common Core for ELA, Mathematics, and Literacy in the Subject Areas?
– What research-based instructional strategies already in use can best complement the shifts called for by the Common Core?
– What instructional approaches are less effective in a Common Core context?
– How can we help teachers to expand their repertoire of instructional strategies?

• Session 4: Scaffolding to Support Student Learning of the Standards
– What is scaffolding and how can it best support student learning of the CCSS?
– How can MTSS/RTI integrate with the CCSS?
– What are the relationships and differences among scaffolding, differentiation, data driven differentiation, and intervention?

About the Instructor

Judy F. Carr is an ASCD Faculty Member as well as a senior consultant and leadership development coach with the Center for Curriculum Renewal. She works with schools and districts, as well as with state agencies and other educational organizations nationwide, to build systems to support high student performance through standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment design and implementation with a focus on the Common Core State Standards; leadership development and coaching for administrators, instructional coaches, and leadership teams; process facilitation and professional development workshops; data analysis and use; and program evaluation, collaborative data analysis, and curriculum audits.

Carr has extensive experience working with administrators and teacher leaders in grades preK–12 in highly interactive and engaging ways; though as a former middle school teacher, she has a special affinity for work at that level. Carr is known for her work in higher education and leading statewide projects, including the Vermont Middle Grades Initiative (funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York) and the development of Vermont’s first Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities. She was formerly assistant professor of secondary education and director of the Professional Development and Outreach Center at Trinity College (Vermont) and associate professor and scholar in residence in the Educational Leadership Program at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. In 1995, she was recipient of the Second Annual Vermont ASCD Outstanding Education Leadership Award.

Carr’s work with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) includes working with BOCES organizations and with school and district leaders to build capacity for successful implementation; creating protocols, tools, and templates for district-wide design of scope and sequence documents and units of study tied directly to the CCSS; facilitating summer Leadership Institutes for school teams to plan strategic actions to bring the CCSS and data-driven instruction to routine use in all classrooms; and conducting professional development through interactive keynotes, workshops for teacher leaders, leadership seminars, and individual coaching with school and district administrators.