Successful implementation of the state English Language Arts (ELA) Standards requires a coordinated infrastructure of on-going, job-embedded professional development. All educators involved in helping students achieve the state ELA Standards need to understand the part they play in making learning accessible to ALL students.
Teachers must understand the state ELA Standards in order to give students clear goals for learning as well as the skills and knowledge they need to be college and career ready. Teachers must also know how to make instructional shifts in response to student outcome and performance assessment data. Lastly, staff must learn to align instructional practices across Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) and intentionally connect core instruction and interventions in order to strategically close the achievement gap.
In the Installation stage, it is critical to select the right staff to support implementation, provide on-going training and coaching, and gather data to support the allocation of training and coaching resources. Selecting key staff members means more than just considering who is available. It means determining who has the knowledge and skills to complete the work, who can ensure the work is happening as intended, and who can guarantee that feedback and coaching at all levels are aligned to implementation.
This section offers research on effective ways to deliver on-going and high-quality instruction. The section also offers resources for using performance data to design and reinforce training and coaching so that staff reach a quality standard in delivering instruction.
English Language Development Standards Implementation
(http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/EngLearnClass/index.html). This 20-page framework for district leaders includes a five-stage process and checklists for steps at each stage.The framework utilizes science of implementation research from the National Implementation Research Network.Reading Well by Third Grade
(http://stream2.video.state.mn.us/mnoet/Viewer/?peid=fef242d8b34049ea8652965965bf709e1d). This is the seventh part of a webinar series on alligning instructional practices with the English Language Arts Standards and building the capacity of educators who work with students on, below, and above grade level. This 24-minute presentation includes information on aligning the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) with Standards for English Learners and provides an overview of the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress.
Common Core Professional Development
and Common Core: ELA/Literacy
(http://www.achievethecore.org/leadership-tools-common-core/professional-development/), (http://www.achievethecore.org/ela-literacy-common-core/shifts-practice/). These modules from Achieve the Core introduce the concept of the Common Core and describe the shifts in instructional practice in English Language Arts and literacy. Each module includes a facilitator’s guide, a PowerPoint presentation, and several activities. The ELA/Literacy module is part of the overall Common Core Professional Development series.Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Leader
(http://www.achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-elementary-school-leader-action-brief). This 27-page report provides elementary school leaders with a deep understanding of the standards and their role in implementing them. It includes action steps and talking points for leaders as they implement the standards and plan for professional development.Implementing the Common Core Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader
(http://www.achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-secondary-school-leader-action-brief). This 26-page report provides secondary school leaders with a deep understanding of the standards and their role in implementing them. It includes action steps and talking points for leaders as they implement the standards and plan for professional development.CCSS Toolkit: Administrators—Professional Development Needs Assessment
(http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3513). This toolkit provides a series of ELA and Literacy surveys organized by grade level that teams can use to assess the need for the professional development of teachers who implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Common Core Implementation Video Series
(http://www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html). This is a series of 30 brief video vignettes (about 2 minutes each) that explain the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in depth. These videos help diverse groups, including educators, policymakers, and parents better understand the breadth and depth of the CCSS and how they will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students.