As mentioned previously, I am making a deliberate effort to embrace the Common Core State Standards – working with the good and the bad.

While reading  Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating AchievementI continually thought about my school and how everyone there needs (not should) to read this book and educate themselves on what is really happening with the Common Core.

Many at my middle school have implicitly and explicitely communicated that the Common Core is “An English Thing.”


It is with these things in mind that I am starting a true Personal Learning Community (PLC) at my school. We will begin discussing  Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement in a few weeks. This is not a book club; rather, after reading/discussing this book, my hope is that we continue to share our successes, failures, resources, and laughs throughout the transition from NCLB to CCSS.

My district has offered no resources, directions, or vision regarding the Common Core. The only thing they have provided was a super cheesy video that spoke in generalities and offered bland hope of mythical improved excellence. It felt degrading and was reminiscent of political ads. Here, take a look for yourself!

Halftime in AUHSD: A Common Core Initiative from WESTERNDCC.ORG on Vimeo.

I am excited that starting the PLC on campus has been well received. My vision is for us teachers to educate ourselves about future changes and begin adjusting/creating lessons to be in line with the Common Core.

I hope that this PLC will become a group of teachers who exemplify pedagogy and lesson design leadership and be agents of change. I will keep you posted!


One Response to Common Core PLC at School

  1. I’m a little jealous (a lot really). I see the Common Cor as a chance for a reboot. Shed off the pains of NCLB and move forward with something new and different.

    My district is looking for more of the top down approach. A close knit literacy department that is working on curriculum with no input from the classroom teacher.

    It is more than a little disappointing. I really hope that your PLC goes well – it sounds like a great opportunity.

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