Followers of this space know that Massachusetts expects 'near full' implementation of the 2011 Curriculum Framework (Common Core) in the upcoming school year. Race To The Top districts roll out the Model System for Educator Evaluation this fall, with all other districts following suit in the next year. Many districts will spend this summer planning to implement the Massachusetts Tiered System of Supports. And one cannot overlook the implications of the new ELL approaches and proficiency standards (RETELL and WIDA) and the Massachusetts Teaching and Learning Platform (edwin).
What are some points of intersection among these initiatives? Each initiative provides a part of the answer to the Dufours' questions:
- What do we want our students to learn?
- How will we know if our students are learning?
- What will we do when students don't learn?
- How do we know our teaching is effective?
More to come; please comment below.