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Teachers share CCSS implementation stories in staff book club

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012 16:30 PM

California, like 44 other states, is currently in the process of transitioning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Golden State is expected to have the CCSS fully implemented by the 2014-2015 academic year. While this date is fast approaching, it is still far enough away that teachers have time for professional development.

In California's Laguna Beach Unified School District, educators from one institution are taking a unique approach to professional development. According to a District press release, the Thurston Middle School has its very own book club, which meets once a month and provides members with a chance to share stories from their classrooms.

"The Thurston Middle School Staff Book Club fulfills our desire to grow professionally, to spend time together outside the classroom, and in the end, our students benefit," said Ina Inouye Wu, a Thurston science teacher and the founder of the Staff Book Club.

This year, the Staff Book Club is reading two books: "Formative Assessment & Standards-Based Grading" and "Navigating Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series, Book One."