Ensuring Arizona is Ready for Common Core

As Arizona’s public schools start rolling out the new Common Core Standards, we want to make sure the teachers, leaders, parents and students are fully informed and ready to tackle the new, more rigorous standards.

From May-June, over 200 Arizona charter school teachers participated in an online conversation about what they believe Arizona needs to ensure a a successful transition to Common Core. Based on those conversations, seven lead teachers developed a report with seven recommendations, including revamping the Department’s website and providing new professional development options for educators. Read the full report here.

After presenting the report to Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, State Board of Education President Jaime Molera, and several other education decision makers and organizations over the summer, we are seeing results.

On Wednesday, The Arizona Department of Education launched a new Common Core website – ArizonaCommonCore.org  focused on ensuring that all stakeholders have clear and accurate information. The VIVA Project gave teachers a voice, and we are grateful to Superintendent Huppenthal and his staff at the Department  for listening.

Teacher and administrator training was also an important recommendation in the report. The Department created a “train the trainer” model to help spread professional development opportunities across the state. Since they started, the Department has trained 14,000 educators, including several Association employees. Based on that training, we are offering a Common Core Institute at our 2012 Annual Conference Nov. 1-2, designed for all public school educators – district and charter. Find out more information here.

To make this transition to the new, more rigorous standards, successful, we need the support of all stakeholders. Find out more information about how you can get informed at ArizonaCommonCore.org.

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