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ASCD Expands Support for Common Core State Standards Implementation with New Professional Development Resources and Events

Posted May 8, 2012
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ASCD has expanded support for Common Core State Standards implementation with a new two-day institute series and a PD In Focus channel dedicated exclusively to the topic.

The new series of two-day institutes focuses on the theme "Leading the Change to Common Core State Standards: Essential Tools for School and District Leaders" and addresses how superintendents, principals, and key administrators can best implement the new standards in their schools and school systems.

In addition to offering education leaders an in-depth perspective on the concrete resources, strategies, and processes needed to implement the new standards, these two-day institutes prepare participants to

* Enact a collaborative program review of desired and existing practices;

* Use criteria and rubrics to guide the process of implementation of the Common Core State Standards;

* Use data teams to drive improvement of instruction;

* Use walk-throughs to provide feedback and to generate collaborative dialogue about practices; and

* Plan to take the Common Core State Standards to routine use in every classroom.

Educators can attend the institute on leadership and the Common Core State Standards in one of five cities on the following dates:

August 2-3, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif.

August 6-7, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

August 9-10, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev.

August 9-10, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pa.

August 13-14, 2012, in Detroit, Mich.

The "Leading the Change to Common Core State Standards: Essential Tools for School and District Leaders" series will be led by nationally known education experts Judy Carr, Sue Beers, and Deborah Childs-Bowen. Carr, an ASCD author, has extensive experience working with schools, districts, state agencies, and education organizations on a variety of professional development and curriculum projects. Beers is also an ASCD author who has worked with the Council of Chief State School Officers and other organizations nationwide to assist educators with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Childs-Bowen is the founder of Creative Minds Enterprise and specializes in program planning and evaluation, as well as professional development for preservice and inservice teachers and administrators.

ASCD has also launched a new PD In Focus channel dedicated to helping educators implement the new Common Core State Standards. The PD In Focus online professional development tool offers educators on-demand access to hundreds of hours of high-impact videos, as well as related resources and activities.

Designed to bring practical classroom applications to life, the PD In Focus tool couples examples from contemporary teaching with insights from some of the most important voices in education today. With powerful search capabilities and discreet tagging, the PD In Focus tool helps users find the digital professional development material most relevant to their needs. Because it is web-based, users can access this powerful resource anywhere with an Internet connection, anytime they need it-including from mobile devices and tablets.

The new PD In Focus channel offers a number of instructive video clips on a variety of subjects related to Common Core State Standards implementation. In addition, the channel contains testimonials and overviews from teachers and experts, plus classroom footage of lessons actively incorporating the new standards into instruction. ASCD will continue to update this content on a regular basis.

To register for ASCD's new two-day Common Core State Standards Institutes, visit To learn more about PD In Focus, visit Find out more about ASCD's resources supporting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards at; engage in the conversation about the new standards on the ASCD EDge social media network; and learn more about ASCD's other programs, products, and services or join ASCD at

Source: ASCD,

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