Transition to Instruction with the Common Core State Standards:  What do Educators need to know?

In March and April 2012, the SEC in Special Education project organized and led a series of one-hour webinars for educators and leaders.  The participating project schools and districts were invited to participate in one or more of the webinars designed to provide critical information for teachers and local administrators about the Common Core Standards.  The goal of the sessions was to increase educator knowledge of the Common Core Standards in English language arts and Mathematics, and to help educators prepare for the important shifts in instructional strategies and curriculum called for by the Common Core Standards.  The series of 1-hour interactive sessions were provided live online through a sign-up process and administration conducted by CCSSO staff.

The webinars were organized as online professional development sessions with educators being provided information during the sessions directly, or they could access the webinar recordings through the CCSSO website [see links above].  Following the sessions accompanying materials to the presentations were made available so the webinar contents could be used as professional development sessions at the state, district, or school level.

The webinars were planned and carried out in response to feedback from local teams and state leaders during the first year of the project.  Educators asked for assistance in planning for the transition to the Common Core Standards, and identifying the key shifts in instruction that will be called for to meet the Standards.   The webinars were presented by the CCSSO and invitations were sent to project districts and schools in the three states (Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio) plus state leaders in the SEC and ASES SCASS member states.  Each session featured an instructional specialist with expertise in the Common Core Standards, a special education specialist, and a project leader to facilitate questions and discussion.  The invited presenters and discussants for each webinar were supported under the project grant to the Kansas Department of Education from the U.S. Department of Education.