Upcoming Webinars & Panels: The Common Core and Improving Literacy

See below for two upcoming opportunities:

“Mapping Curriculum, Planning Success: Integrating the Common Core Standards in Each K-12 Classroom”

Date:  Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time:  10:30am – 12:00pm EST

This webinar, featuring author and expert Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, will focus on:

–Upgrading and transforming education through the lens of 21st century readiness
–Text complexity and 8 standards for mathematical practice
–Formative assessment as the basis of diagnosing student needs
–Curriculum maps as the basis for responsive prescription to those needs
–4 Phase School Wide Systems Model in the LiveBook Mapping to the Core (available only through School Improvement Network)
–Q&A session with Dr. Jacobs

To view the recording of this webinar and access materials, please visit http://www.schoolimprovement.com/resources/webinars/mapping-to-the-core-planning-for-curriculum-success/ 

“The Literacy Challenge: Getting Reading Right in More Classrooms”

Date:  Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Time:  10:00 – 11:30am (EST)*

*This session can be attended in-person for those in the Washington, DC area at the American Enterprise Institute, but it will also be livestreamed for those who wish to participate remotely.

Session description (from AEI):  Literacy is the building block of any child’s education. But when it comes to improving literacy instruction, many superintendents must navigate a thicket of contractual, cultural and political barriers in an effort to find high-quality solutions. While reading scores have shown promising gains in the past decade, one-third of elementary school students still scored below basic on the most recent NAEP reading assessment, meaning they lacked even a partial mastery of skills needed for proficiency. With the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization looming and Washington’s eyes focused on school turnarounds and the Common Core State Standards, we must listen to the voices of dynamic leaders tackling the challenge of high-quality literacy instruction in the nation’s school districts and the literacy providers partnering with them.

Speakers include Cami Anderson, Frederick M. Hess, Andrew Rotherham, and Jean-Claude Brizard, among others.  For information on how to register to attend or to access the session remotely, please visit http://www.aei.org/events/2012/01/24/the-literacy-challenge-getting-reading-right-in-more-classrooms/