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Common Core Transition Planning

Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments calls for vision, planning, and increased instructional capacity. Scholastic Achievement Partners is here to help. Read more about our Service Offerings and how to start on the right foot with a Needs Assessment.

With so much to do, do you know what to tackle next? If not, you are not alone. Our conversations with top administrators nationwide shed light onto what is keeping educators up at night.

Bringing Common Sense to the Common Core State Standards - Three-Part Webinar Series
Planning & Needs Assessment Teacher & Leader Professional Development Research-Based Literacy & Math Solutions Flexible Online Support Sample Implementation Pathway
The first step in a successful transition to the Common Core State Standards is planning. With a thorough three-day in-house 114 point Needs Assessment, Scholastic Achievement Partners education experts will help you identify challenges with the transition.

We provide collaborative planning assistance in four main areas:
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Common Core Readiness Audit Curriculum Gap Analysis Common Core Transition Planning Assistance Curriculum Mapping Support
Planning & Needs Assessment

Scholastic Achievement Partners keenly understands that the transition to the Common Core State Standards will require educators to teach with an expanded repertoire of skills. A cohesive professional development plan that builds a solid understanding of the "big ideas" of the Common Core is key. The following full-day courses, developed by SAP's team of Common Core experts, provides this foundation.

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Transition to the Common Core can be a complex journey, and a broad understanding of the rationale for change and the key components of the Common Core is critically important. Our introduction to the Common Core State Standards can help build a strong foundation.

Introductory Course: Driving Student Achievement with the Common Core
This full-day training, which focuses on the key shifts in instruction required to implement the Common Core, helps K-12 leaders, key transition staff, lead teachers, and curriculum directors develop a plan to prepare teachers for a successful transition that supports all students.

The Common Core State Standards have placed a greater focus on teaching literacy as a shared responsibility with specific standards in the Reading and Writing strands for Grades 6–12. Our literacy across the curriculum offerings for Grades 6–12 will provide strategies for building literacy skills and supporting students in the content-area classroom.

Course 1: Content-Area Literacy: Engaging Students With Complex Text
This full-day training provides content-area teachers in Grades 6-12 with strategies for helping students access and comprehend a range of complex informational texts, and crafting text-dependent questions to build literacy across disciplines.

Course 2: Academic Language: Building a Bridge to Text-Based Writing
This full-day training enables content-area teachers in Grades 6-12 to use frames to structure academic language, guide students to engage in text-based writing, and explicitly teach vocabulary to help students meet increased demands for college and career readiness.

Course 3: Rigor and Research: Building Writing Proficiency in the Content Areas
This full-day training provides content-area teachers in Grades 6-12 with strategies to help students deconstruct key text types, structure argumentative discourse, conduct short research projects, and build a bridge to evidence-based writing.

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts place an emphasis on key concepts like text complexity and evidence-based writing. The following courses build a solid foundation for teachers in these areas.

Course 1: Putting Text First: A Focus on Complexity, Range, and Quality
This full-day training provides ELA teachers (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12) with strategies for selecting a range of complex texts, crafting text-dependent questions to guide deep analysis, and helping students build a bridge to comprehending grade-level texts.

Course 2: Building Vocabulary: A Focus on Academic and Domain-Specific Words
This full-day training provides ELA teachers (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12) with strategies to map word families, categorize vocabulary, and use frames to structure language; and presents strategies for selecting and explicitly teaching words to bridge all students to high vocabulary demands.

Course 3: Writing Arguments and Conducting Research: A Focus on Using Evidence
This full-day training provides ELA teachers (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12) with strategies to help students deconstruct key text types, structure argumentative discourse, conduct short research projects, and build a bridge to evidence-based writing.

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics call for all students to achieve mathematical proficiency. Proficiency includes conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and productive disposition. Fulfilling these standards will mean shifting both what is taught and how teachers deliver mathematics. Our trainings provide educators with the strategies to ensure students are learning and understanding the critical concepts and skills for success on next generation assessments.

Course 1: Making Sense of Math: A Focus on Reasoning and Discourse
This full-day training helps mathematics teachers (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12) understand why and how students should expect mathematics to make sense and provides strategies to engage students in worthwhile mathematics tasks and discourse about mathematical thinking.

Course 2: Mathematical Thinking: A Focus on Representations and Procedural Fluency
This full-day training helps mathematics teachers (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12) understand procedural fluency and how mathematical representations expand mathematical thinking; and includes strategies to support students in representing ideas visually, symbolically, and verbally.

Course 3: Problem Solving: A Focus on Developing Students’ Disposition, Competence, and Confidence
This full-day training enables mathematics teachers (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, & 9-12) to help students build perseverance in problem-solving and apply mathematics to everyday situations; and includes strategies to structure lessons that build a bridge for all students to solve problems.

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Teacher & Leader Professional Development

With proven, technology-based literacy programs for students at all levels of proficiency, Scholastic is uniquely positioned to help schools and districts successfully implement the Common Core State Standards and ensure all students are on a path towards College and Career Readiness. Comprehensive professional development is seamlessly aligned to program instruction. Read More

Comprehensive Literacy Support to Enable All Students to Become College and Career Ready

A breakthrough foundational reading program for your most challenged students in Grades 3–12+. System 44 builds the necessary foundation for success.

A comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, proven to raise reading achievement for struggling readers in Grades 4–12, READ 180 is the most effective bridge to the Common Core State Standards.
New for 2012-2013! Eight Common Core Seminars that demonstrate how teachers and leaders can use this powerful program to accelerate their students toward college and career readiness. Learn More.

A comprehensive English Language Arts program for Grades 6-9 designed to ensure all students are college and career ready. Expert 21 is the only English Language Arts program built from the ground up around the Common Core State Standards.

Validated Assessment Ensures Accurate Placement and Ongoing Progress Monitoring

The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a computer-adaptive assessment that measures reading comprehension using the Lexile Framework® for Reading. It is a fast, accurate tool for screening, placement and progress monitoring.

The Scholastic Phonics Inventory (SPI) is a secondary screener designed for students at the low end of the Lexile® range to determine which students will benefit from the most intensive level of foundational reading intervention.

Building upon previous work done by the National Math Panel, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics streamline the number of standards, but increases the level of rigor at every grade level. Scholastic math programs target the highest leveraged concepts and skills, giving students a foundation for success across the curriculum. Read More

Building the Foundations of Algebra for College and Career Readiness
Scholastic FASTT Math

FASTT Math uses the research-validated FASTT system (Fluency and Automaticity through Systematic Teaching with Technology) to help all students develop fluency with basic math facts.

Scholastic Fraction Nation

Fraction Nation is the adaptive software designed to help students achieve fluency and flexibility with fractions and decimals—all in 15-minute sessions.

Scholastic Do The Math

Written and developed by Marilyn Burns, Do The Math was designed to build conceptual understanding of whole numbers and fractions.

GO Solve Word Problems

This adaptive software program teaches students to look beneath the surface information in word problems and recognize the underlying mathematical situations, a skill that is readily transferable to new problems and contexts.

Validated Assessment Tracks Results
Scholastic Math Inventory

Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) is a research-based, computer-adaptive assessment that provides a direct measure of math achievement on the Quantile Framework® for Mathematics. SMI provides educators with actionable data that describes a student's readiness for instruction.

Help Your Math Teachers Deepen Their Understanding of Content and Pedagogy

Math Solutions is the country's most respected math professional development organization. Founded by Marilyn Burns over twenty years ago, Math Solutions has set the standard for excellence in math professional development. Our cadre of highly trained instructors can help build and deepen teacher's math content knowledge, focusing on the critical elements of the Common Core State Standards, helping teachers build confidence and competence.

Math Solutions Professional Development
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Research-Based Literacy & Math Solutions
Scholastic U online professional development builds capacity to deliver breadth and depth of professional learning in assessment, instructional excellence, and a leadership. Our extensive collection of online Common Core State Standards resources provides educators with anytime, anywhere access to a wealth of materials useful in transition assistance.
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Flexible Online Support
Successful transition to the Common Core State Standards is best achieved with a phased approach. We recommend a three-phased model designed to build awareness, deepen knowledge, and create a culture of continuous improvement. Scholastic U Online Professional Development includes an extensive collection of Common Core resources to support teachers and leaders in the transition to the new standards and assessments. Job-Embedded Instructional and Executive Coaching options provide ongoing assistance to teachers and leaders in adapting instruction to the Common Core.
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Building Awareness (Phase 1)Deepening Knowledge (Phase 2)Continuous Practice Improvement (Phase 3)
For English Language Arts TeachersIntroductory Course:
Driving Student Achievement with the Common Core
Course 1:
Putting Text First: A Focus on Complexity, Range, and Quality
Course 2:
Building Vocabulary: A Focus on Academic and Domain-Specific Words
Course 3:
Writing Arguments and Conducting Research: A Focus on Using Evidence
For Content-Area TeachersIntroductory Course:
Driving Student Achievement with the Common Core
Course 1:
Content-Area Literacy: Engaging Students With Complex Text
Course 2:
Academic Language: Building a Bridge to Text-Based Writing
Course 3:
Rigor and Research: Building Writing Proficiency in the Content Areas
For Mathematics TeachersIntroductory Course:
Driving Student Achievement with the Common Core
Course 1:
Mathematical Thinking: A Focus on Representations and Procedural Fluency
Course 2:
Problem Solving: A Focus on Developing Students‚ Disposition, Competence, and Confidence
Course 3:
Making Sense of Math: A Focus on Reasoning and Discourse
For LeadersIntroductory Course:
Driving Student Achievement with the Common Core

Consulting Services: Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning

Curriculum Mapping Support

Webinar 1:
An Overview of Complex Text, Academic Vocabulary, and Evidence-Based Writing
Webinar 2:
An Overview of Critical Shifts in Mathematics Instruction
 
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Planning & Needs Assessment Teacher & Leader Professional Development Research-Based Literacy & Math Solutions Flexible Online Support Sample Implementation Pathway