Focusing on the How: Guidance for School and District Leaders on Supporting Teachers Through the Transition to the Common Core

For educators, many of the traditional sources of stability and direction – curricula, lesson plans, their own mastery of material – are being upended by the Common Core. To support schools and districts, The Achievement Network (ANet) developed a new paper, “Focusing on the How: Guidance for School and District Leaders on Supporting Teachers Through the Transition to the Common Core.” The paper was released with a suite of Common Core resources published by The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program.

In the schools and districts ANet has seen the most effective transitions to the Common Core, leaders are actively focused on helping teachers regain that sense of stability through consistent, collaborative routines for planning from standards, assessing student progress, and adapting instruction based on student needs. These time-tested routines provide the infrastructure for implementing the Common Core.

This paper offers three rubrics developed through in-depth work with 460 diverse schools in underserved communities across seven states and the District of Columbia, as well as case studies to bring the ideas within these rubrics to life. You can use the case studies and questions embedded throughout the paper to help your leadership team reflect on the supports you are providing to teachers through the transition to the Common Core.

Download: Focusing on the How: Guidance for School and District Leaders on Supporting Teachers Through the Transition to the Common Core

Download: Summary - Focusing on the How: Guidance for School and District Leaders on Supporting Teachers Through the Transition to the Common Core

Download: ANet's Leader Actions, Teacher Actions, and School Structures rubrics

Download: The Aspen Institute's Common Core Resources