How do you transform the Common Core State Standards into learning and achievement gains?
Over the last 10 to 20 years, all states have shifted their state curriculum from goals and objectives to standards. Now, with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by more than 40 states, for the first time in nearly 75 years, nearly every teacher and educator across the country will follow the same expectation guidelines.
According to the CCSS mission statement: “The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”
Classroom curriculum (what is actually taught in each classroom) is not the CCSS. Instead, it is the translation of the CCSS into clear and specific knowledge, skills and understanding students need to learn and do in order to be successful. Since moving to standards, it has been difficult for many teachers to unpack the standards into lessons that integrate research-based instruction and progressively become more complex by increasing rigor and depth of knowledge.
Schools and Districts want all of their students to be successful with the CCSS, but how they achieve that goal is not very clear. For over 20 years, Learning-Focused has helped schools and districts transform their state curriculum into exemplary lessons. With Learning-Focused schools and districts can take the required steps for successful implementation of the CCSS that ensures all students succeed.
How is Mapping the Common Core State Standards and Your State Standards different?
With the Learning-Focused framework, you will complete a process that accelerates learning for all students - driven by the Common Core State Standards, content, literacy, and higher level thinking strategies. The Mapping Framework results in the development of Advance Organizers for every unit that guide teacher instruction and student learning. The Advance Organizers, unique to the Learning-Focused curriculum mapping framework, called Student Learning Maps, provide teachers with specific curriculum information for guiding their instruction and is provided to students and parents as the “big picture” of what they are going to learn.
The Learning-Focused Framework is the only curriculum mapping model that provides teachers with the knowledge and instructional guides they need to feel completely comfortable implementing the Common Core State Standards.