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Teachers continue to prepare for the Common Core State Standards

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 16:33 PM

Some students may assume their teachers simply show up for class, give a lesson, assign homework and then get back to their lives. Children who believe this to be true clearly do not realize how much of an impact the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will have on the quality of the instruction they receive. Because of the CCSS, educators nationwide have been training for the transition to the new Standards for some time now – even over their summer vacations.

While many schools have implemented the CCSS at certain grade levels, teachers' training is far from over. With the new academic year underway, many instructors are balancing their daily responsibilities with professional development related to the Common Core.

New hours mean more time for training

In Oklahoma, officials from the Keys Public Schools have made changes to the Friday class schedule so that school now begins at 9 a.m., rather than 8 a.m., according to the Tahlequah Daily Press. By delaying the day an hour, teachers have an opportunity to participate in professional learning community meetings related to the implementation of the CCSS.

Some meetings will require only math teachers to attend, while others will be organized by grade level.

Training to continue throughout the school year

Teachers from Nevada's Lyon County School District spent three days before the beginning of the new academic year participating in intense training sessions on lesson design, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. However, these educators' training is far from over, as the three-day session was just one part of a larger plan, which includes the hiring of instructional coaches.

"High-quality professional development is something we do want to have continued investment in," Summer Kay, a Lyon County teacher, told the news source.