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Next week, Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis and Scholastic Achievement Partners host the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments Academy. This two-day academy is an opportunity for district teams to amplify their preparation and transition to the new standards and assessments. The Academy will also provide participants with strategies and actions to support a systemic approach to transitioning the CCSS.

Willard Daggett Keynotes Wednesday, July 25; he is Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education. Dr. Daggett’s opening keynote presentation is entitled Implications of the Common Core State Standards and Next Generations Assessments and will lay out why changes are being made and the impact they will have on curriculum and instruction. He will also participate in a Luncheon with Superintendents. In addition, he will address Preparing for Challenges and Opportunities of the Common Core State Standards- Next Steps, at the close of the day.

Susan Szachowicz Keynotes Thursday, July 26; Dr. Szachowicz is the Principal of Brockton High School, a large, comprehensive urban high school. She has served on state commissions on education reform particularly regarding the Massachusetts  assessment program. Her opening keynote presentation is entitled Literacy Across the Curriculum- High Standards, High Expectations, NO EXCUSES. Dr. Szachowicz will discuss how meeting the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments will mean literacy will be a responsibility of all educators. In her closing remarks, Creating a Culture of Achievement for ALL Students; Empowering Staff and Students, she will share strategies used that empowered groups to unite around improving student achievement in her school.

Sessions on Wednesday include the opening and closing keynote presentations, the Superintendent Luncheon, and these workshops:

  • Are you Ready for Common Core State Standards?
  • Making Sense of Math: A Focus on Reasoning and Discourse
  • Engaging Students with Complex Content Text

Sessions on Thursday include the opening and closing keynote presentations, closing remarks from Missouri’s Commissioner of Education, Dr. Chris Nicastro, and these workshops:

  • Writing a Rigorous Next Generation Assessment
  • The Quadrant D Elementary Classroom
  • The Quadrant D Secondary Classroom

Registration is still open. CSD members attend this professional development for free, only paying the cost of their lunch; non-members are also welcomed and encouraged to participate. Non-members pay $375 per person, which includes registration and meals for both days.

Next week’s Academy is the kick-off to CSD’s ongoing CCSS professional development opportunities. Look for more CCSS PD in the coming months. Contact Dave Sanders for inquiries on the Academy or future CCSS events.

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