Introducing Discovery Education Common Core Academies
Educators across America are grappling with what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mean for their instruction and have key questions around successful implementation:
- What are the core components of the CCSS and how do they impact me?
- How do I integrate the CCSS most effectively into my curriculum and instruction?
- How do I create assessments that align to the CCSS?
- How do I plan for the successful implementation of the CCSS in my classroom?
My school? My district?
As a trusted educational partner, Discovery Education has worked with thousands of educational leaders to transform teaching and learning. We understand that successful implementation requires a focus on fundamentals: curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership.“The Discovery Common Core Academy provided applicable tools and approaches I could take back to my district and use the next day. As a Superintendent, the Academy has empowered me to support the implementation process of the standards with principals, teachers and parents."
— Michael Q. Roth. Superintendent, Salisbury Township School District
Make the Common Core Make Sense
Educators are invited to join their peers for Common Core Academies that are:
- Research-based: Our professional development integrates proven curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices from expert practitioners and thought leaders
- Personalized: Each Academy addresses educator-identified needs related to the transition to more rigorous standards
- Actionable: We provide classroom applications that support long-term action planning with strategies for immediate classroom integration
Coming to These Locations
Discovery Education Common Core Academies will be offered throughout the summer at these locations:
- Thornton, CO
- Cartersville, GA
- Cumming, GA
- Natick, MA
- Palisades, NY
- Center Valley, PA
- Wilkes-Barre, PA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Winslow, AZ
- St. Louis, MO
- Greeneville, TN
- Napa, CA
- Grand Rapids, MI
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Additional Academies will be continuously added throughout the year across the United States. Please continue to check our website for additions to the schedule.
|Whether you are just starting on the path down CCSS implementation and need an introduction to standards or you are ready to dig deeper into the specifics of the English Language Arts and Math standards, these Academies take the fear out of the CCSS.|
Register for the Common Core Academies
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All attendees will receive a free 60-day trial to Discovery Education Streaming Plus.
Making the Common Core Make Common Sense In Your ELA and Content Area Classroom
Audience — K-12 ELA teachers, content area teachers and administrators
This two-day, hands-on Academy will engage K-12 educators in an intense focus on research-based ELA instructional practices to successfully implement the rigors of text complexity, evidence-based writing, and vocabulary development in their ELA and content area classrooms. Specifically, this Academy will dive into what these practices look like and how to build them into the curriculum to maximize student engagement and achievement. Educators will then utilize this knowledge to develop CCSS lesson plans and assessment tasks for immediate use in their ELA or content area classroom.
Moving Toward Greater Focus and Coherence in Your Classroom: Making Common Sense Out of the Math Common Core State Standards
Audience — K-12 math teachers, teacher leaders and administrators
The CCSS not only require shifts in what we teach, but most importantly, in how we teach. During this two-day Academy, K-12 educators will dive into each of the Standards for Mathematical Practice and analyze the types of instruction these standards warrant. Practical strategies as well as options for balanced assessment of the content standards will be explored and discussed. Educators will leave with tools, including lessons and assessment tasks for immediate use.
Connecting Specialized Instruction to Common Core State Standards: An Academy for Teachers of Students with Special Needs
Audience — K-12 teachers, K-12 special education teachers, content area teachers and administrators
The CCSS are standards for all students, including those who receive special education services. These rigorous expectations require that students have a deep level of understanding in English Language Arts and Math. This two-day, hands-on Academy will provide K-12 educators with research-based practices to connect the demands of the CCSS to instruction that supports students with special needs. Specifically, participants will closely examine the ELA and Math CCSS to investigate strategies for students to access, respond to, engage in and ultimately, meet their learning targets.
Not-So-Common Leadership Strategies for Successful Common Core Implementation
Audience — K-12 teacher leaders and administrators
The CCSS require a number of shifts that need to be made in current curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. As leaders, we need to think, plan and act differently. What changes have you made as an instructional leader? In this two-day, hands-on Academy, central office, building, and teacher leaders will discuss implications for curriculum, instruction, and assessment as a result of the CCSS shifts and share practices that work. In particular, leaders will focus on the CCSS classroom and what it looks like. Participants will explore research-based strategies and tools to monitor teachers’ use of best practices to effectively teach the new standards so all students can meet them. Participants will also explore and develop strategies to use with students and parents to prepare them for more rigorous standards.