Prepare Students for Success in a Technology-Driven Global Economy with Common Core

Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, in partnership with Scholastic Achievement Partners, is hosting the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments Academy this July. The Academy will provide participants with strategies and actions to support a systemic approach to transitioning to the CCSS.

The keynote speaker on July 25th is Dr. Willard R. Daggett, Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education.  He is known worldwide for his efforts to move PreK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. Dr. Daggett has assisted states, school districts and education ministries in other countries with their school reform initiatives.  He is the creator of the Rigor/Relevance Framework, a practical planning and instructional tool that is used in schools throughout the United States.

Dr. Susan Szachowicz is the keynote speaker on July 26th. She is the Principal of Brockton High School, a large, comprehensive urban high school.  She has served on state commissions on education reform particularly regarding the Massachusetts  assessment program.  Her leadership at Brockton High has been committed to  “high expectations, high standards – no excuses.”  Under her leadership, Brockton High has been recognized as a Massachusetts Compass School, a National Model School for five years in a row, a recipient of the National School Change Award, and received a Bronze Medal from U.S. News and World Report.

During this 2-day event, expert consultants will present sessions for various K-12 audiences, sharing cutting-edge approaches to:
• Improving annual student academic growth while transitioning to the Common Core State  Standards and Next Generation Assessments;
• Leveraging rigor, relevance, and relationships to prepare students for success in an increasingly technology-driven global economy;
• Utilizing effective literacy and math strategies across the curriculum in order to address new proficiency requirements;
• Building instructional leadership density in order to facilitate rigorous instruction that provides students with the opportunities to engage in real-world application-based learning.

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registration costs and fees, visit

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