Our first Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute– a collaboration with the St. Louis Area Curriculum Coordinators Association (SLACCA) and Authentic Education- was a great success this week at the Fox School District. Educators from several Missouri districts, including, but not limited, to Kirkwood, Ladue, Parkway and Rockwood, attended three days of professional learning. Another three-day session of the CCSS & UbD Institute takes place July 8-10 at the Ritenour School District. Learn more at www.edplus.org/wigginswww.csd.org/wiggins. More photos from the June session will be posted to Flickr; you can read some of the thoughts shared by following the #CCSSUbD hashtag on Twitter.
In our region, there are schools and districts that use the language of PLCs and others that emphasize data collection/data teams. One of the sessions offered at the Common Core and Understanding by Design Institute is designed to honor the power of collaboration—for adults and for the students in our classrooms.
An important focus of the Common Core is for students to engage in academic discourse. One way in which they do this is through productive, collaborative, learning experiences where they answer questions, build understanding, and solve problems. In order for our students to engage in these collaborative experiences, we must engage in academic discourse through our own productive collaboration. In the session, educators from the region will explore and develop strategies for productive collaborative experiences in the classroom with students as well as outside the classroom with colleagues.
To learn more about the other sessions being offered over the course of this three-day professional learning opportunity, click here.