Support for educators’ professional learning is critical to students’ success
There is growing content and guidance to support the transition to Common Core Standards in Oregon’s schools and classrooms. Teacher and principal knowledge, understanding and actual implementation, however, varies across school districts.
While educators will ultimately lead the successful transition to the new standards, school districts and policymakers play a fundamental role in empowering and supporting educators.
Empowering educators means creating the time and space for peer-to-peer professional learning, collaboration and planning. State and school district must invest in teacher release time to modify or develop new units and lessons, and to facilitate multiple opportunities for teachers to observe other teachers in classroom practice.
Empowering educators means creating the opportunity to explore, design and modify curriculum and assessment to best reflect the content of Common Core, and for the purpose of informing rich, high-quality instruction and student learning.
Great teaching, not the Common Core Standards themselves, will ultimately transform student learning. We must address large class sizes and balance increasing demands on educators’ time and expertise to unlock this potential in every classroom.
The state, district superintendents, school principals, teacher and union leaders together have a shared responsibility to establish coherence, stability and support in Common Core implementation. Long-term, consistent support for and commitment to educators’ professional learning is one critical foundation. OEA’s Center for Great Public Schools is here to empower educators to lead the way.
What's Happening Now?
Right now, Oregon is implementing new standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. How best do we support educators in meeting the unique needs of each and every student? The answer: sustained, differentiated support.
As an educator, the most immediate professional learning needs this school year include deep understanding of the key shifts in ELA and mathematics and the learning progressions across the K-12 continuum. Toward that end, here are some key resources for educators:
Common Core Resources from the Oregon Department of Education
NEA Common Core State Standards Toolkit
Quality Review Rubrics for Math & ELA
How the Common Core Must Ensure Equity by Fully Preparing Every Student for Postsecondary Success