Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development: Executive Summary
Education First has prepared a series of briefs called Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development to help policymakers and educators understand the professional development teachers need that meets a high bar for quality and impact called for by the new standards. The goals of the series are to clearly define the specific supports and learning opportunities educators need, to illustrate how to deliver professional development opportunities at scale and at depth, and to translate conclusions of policy changes that state and local leaders should consider. The series consists of this executive summary and three briefs: “The New Essential Elements of Professional Learning”; “What Does High-Quality, Common Core-Aligned Professional Development Look Like?”; and “What Policymakers Can Do to Advance High-Quality Professional Development at Scale.” The executive summary provides a synopsis and outlines Education First’s overall findings and recommendations from the three briefs.
This executive summary provides a concise overview of Education First’s three-part series on professional development regarding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). On its own, this resource might not provide enough content on the topic of the professional development necessary for educators to implement the CCSS. As a compendium piece to the other briefs, however, this executive summary is a good introduction to the series. Each brief from the series, including the executive summary, is color-coded, which helps make the document readable and well-organized. The executive summary also provides links to the three briefs.