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Professional Learning Solutions for the Common Core

Schools across the country must realign curricula, increase rigor, and ensure that students are able to apply what they know in literacy and math. Teachers and leaders need deep awareness of the key instructional shifts, more targeted professional learning, and ongoing support to help ALL students meet higher expectations.

Transformation of this magnitude is attainable... and that's where we come in.

Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) brings together world-renowned thought leaders, authors and academics, and experts in literacy, mathematics, and leadership—to transform curriculum and instruction and guide schools toward real, measurable success.

SAP in Action!

Sap in action

Hear what educators from San Jacinto USD (CA) have to say about their success.

How SAP Can Help

  • Identify Needs & Build a Plan
    Services Target Audience Grade Range
    • Implement a System-Wide Needs Assessment Leaders K-12

      We analyze data trends, survey results, classroom observations, and interview input to identify school and district strengths, gaps, and opportunities. This work results in a concise and informative report, which directly informs your transition plan and helps to align all stakeholders.

      This proven process typically makes use of the following tools:
      • System for Effective Instruction (SEI) rubric is used to help determine the level of system-wide alignment—based upon key indicators from the SEI&emdash;toward instructional effectiveness.
      • Collaborative Instructional Review: This proprietary tool guides classroom observation to help gauge progress toward transforming instruction by examining levels of rigor, relevance, and relationships present in the classroom.
      • WE™ Surveys evaluate how students, instructional staff, leadership, and community members perceive the instruction, learning environment, and level of engagement. The output of these surveys shows similarities and disparities in perceptions, which helps determine where to focus improvement efforts.
      • Data Analysis Report (DAR): This in-depth review provides quantitative evidence to help identify strengths and areas of need.
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      FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

      Funding Information: California Common Core Implementation Fund, School Improvement Grant (SIG), California Math and Science Partnerships,Title IA-Improving Basic Programs,Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

    • Develop a Strategic Plan Leaders & Teachers K-12

      The Strategic Plan serves as a roadmap for your district's transition to new standards and related initiatives. First, we plan for success by identifying concrete action steps aligned to priority areas of need. Then, we measure progress toward your objectives with clear performance indicators against which we monitor progress and adjust course as needed. This process can build off of existing improvement planning efforts and will be tailored based on the needs of individual schools.together.

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      FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

      Funding Information: California Common Core Implementation Fund, School Improvement Grant (SIG), California Math and Science Partnerships,Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

  • Transform Curriculum and Instruction
    • LEADERS
      Our team will facilitate the building of a comprehensive curriculum that purposefully connects standards, instruction, and assessment. Through participation in this process, leaders gain a deeper understanding of the standards, allowing them to support staff throughout the design related to formative and Next Generation Summative Assessments, and to prepare all students for college and careers.
      Services: Target Audience Grade Range
      • Leading Change: Transforming Curriculum for the Common Core Leaders K-12

        Strengthen expertise by analyzing the demands of higher standards and the intricate framework of the assessment consortia to effectively support the process that instructors will follow to align curriculum, assessment, and instruction.


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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

      • Leading Change: Implementing Next Generation Assessments Leaders & Teachers K-12

        Enhance understanding of the Next Generation Assessments to support schools and teachers with implementing new assessments while simultaneously adapting instruction to meet the demands of increased rigor.


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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

    • ELA & CONTENT AREA TEACHERS
      Through a collaborative process, our team guides English language arts and content area teachers in building engaging curriculum that purposefully connects standards, instruction, and assessment. Teachers will deepen their knowledge of higher standards and uncover the key instructional shifts required to create a curriculum that includes formative, interim, and summative assessments.
      Services Target Audience Grade Range
      • Building Knowledge of Instructional Shifts Leaders & Teachers K-12
        Deepening Understanding of the Common Core
        • Build a shared vision of work that is necessary to transform curriculum and instruction for higher standards and the Next Generation Assessments.
        Understanding Common Core Instructional Shifts
        • Examine the key instructional shifts for ELA and Content Area Literacy, including text complexity, text-dependent questions and tasks, academic vocabulary, argument writing, and research.
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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

      • Designing Next Generation Curriculum Leaders & Teachers K-12
        Understanding Evidence-Centered Design
        • Deconstruct relevant standards and examine the consortia’s overall claims and assessment targets in preparation to collaboratively plot a cohesive progression across units of study.
        Defining Student Evidence
        • Map and sequence assessment targets on a Pacing Calendar, determine priority standards for instruction, and ensure vertical articulation across grade levels.
        Building Units of Study
        • Work in grade-level cohorts to develop new units of study, including writing.
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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

      • Designing Next Generation Assessment Leaders & Teachers K-12
        Navigating Next Generation Assessments
        • Build understanding of the Next Generation Assessments’ structure and item types in preparation for designing comparable classroom assessments.
        Selecting Complex Texts for Instruction
        • Evaluate the complexity and quality of texts to select a range of literary and informational resources for the new units of study.
        Building Assessments Using Item Specifications
        • Design Next Generation Assessment items and performance tasks for new units of study using the guidelines in the assessment consortia’s item specifications.
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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

      • Planning Instruction to Engage All Learners Leaders & Teachers K-12
        Planning for Rigorous Learning Experiences
        • Design collaborative learning tasks using various stimuli and complete weekly planners for new units of study.
        Planning for Differentiation and Implementation
        • Complete the learning resources for the unit and consider both differentiation and implementation of the units of study.
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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

    • MATH TEACHERS
      Set students up for mathematical success by providing their teachers with expert support and guidance in unpacking higher standards and building brand-new curriculum maps and units of study. The process purposefully connects standards, instruction, and assessment, providing educators with the skills and knowledge they need to design engaging learning activities that are linked to formative, interim, and summative assessments, and to prepare students for college and careers.
      Services Target Audience Grade Range
      • Building Knowledge of Instructional Shifts Leaders & Teachers K-12
        Deepening Understanding of the Common Core
        • Build a shared vision of work that is necessary to transform curriculum and instruction for higher standards and the Next Generation Assessments.
        Understanding Common Core Instructional Shifts
        • Examine the key instructional shifts that are necessary to implement higher standards for mathematics, including the evidence that demonstrates focus, coherence, and rigor.
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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

      • Designing Next Generation Curriculum Leaders & Teachers K-12
        Building Units of Study
        • Work in grade-level cohorts to create a Unit Template, examine priority standards, and group standards into units of study.
        Creating a Pacing Calendar
        • Work in grade-level cohort groups to sequence units of study into a Pacing Calendar and ensure vertical articulation by sharing across grade levels or courses.
        Defining a Focus Unit of Study
        • Deconstruct standards for a selected unit of study, articulating what students will know and be able to do by writing Big Ideas, Essential Questions, and "I can..." Statements.
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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

      • Designing Next Generation Assessment Leaders & Teachers K-12
        Navigating Next Generation Assessments
        • Build understanding of the Next Generation Assessments' structure and item types in preparation for designing comparable classroom assessments.
        Understanding and Designing Performance Task Assessment
        • Participate in a performance task experience to build understanding of these kinds of tasks by using a performance task builder.
        Building a Timeline of Assessments
        • Evaluate rigor of created tasks then build a corresponding rubric and an assessment timeline for the unit of focus.
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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

      • Planning Instruction to Engage All Learners Leaders & Teachers K-12
        Planning for Rigorous Learning Experiences
        • Reflect on the kinds of tasks and instruction that contribute to an effective mathematics classroom that will support student learning. Use a common vision to align learning resources for the unit of focus.
        Planning for Differentiation and Implementation
        • Complete the learning resources for the unit and consider both differentiation and implementation of the units of study.
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        FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

        Funding Information: Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

  • Sustain Effective Practice
    Services Target Audience Grade Range
    • Build Discipline-Specific Knowledge Leaders & Teachers K-12

      Discipline-specific courses facilitated by a Scholastic expert help teachers establish a common framework for implementing higher standards, whether they are teaching science, math, English, social studies, or the arts. Our consultants explain the pedagogy behind these new standards and help teachers put best practices to work.

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      FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

      Funding Information: California Common Core Implementation Fund, School Improvement Grant (SIG), California Math and Science Partnerships,Title IA-Improving Basic Programs,Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

    • See Best Practices in Action Leaders & Teachers K-12

      Lesson modeling delivered by a Scholastic expert helps bring more rigorous and relevant instruction to life in the classroom. Our consultants provide a richly structured process that engages teachers in reviewing instructional strategies, observing those strategies in action, and learning how to apply the new skills in their own classrooms.

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      FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

      Funding Information: California Common Core Implementation Fund, School Improvement Grant (SIG), California Math and Science Partnerships,Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

    • Provide Side-By-Side Coaching Leaders & Teachers K-12

      One-on-one customized coaching with a Scholastic team member helps teachers implement and monitor instructional strategies and assessments that align with the new higher standards. Our consultants work with teachers through pre- and post-conferencing to identify needs and set instructional goals, provide observation and feedback, and facilitate data analysis.

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      FUNDING & ALIGNMENTS

      Funding Information: California Common Core Implementation Fund, School Improvement Grant (SIG), California Math and Science Partnerships,Title IA-Improving Basic Programs, Title IIA-Improving Teacher Quality, Title III-English Language Acquisition, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Race to the Top-District, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, IDEA, Part B

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