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Webinar: The Principal’s role in the Common Core State Standards

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April 18, 2012 02:54 pm

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On Thursday, April 12th, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar for principals who want to learn more about the common core state standards and their role in its implementation at the secondary school level. Currently, forty-six states plus the District of Columbia have adopted common core state standards as the next iteration of their states’ English language arts (ELA) and math standards (Minnesota has adopted the ELA standards only).

To prepare for these new standards, states have been working with teachers and administrators to relate the new standards to the current ones, and to prepare for and incorporate the new standards into classroom teaching and learning. The webinar discussed what kinds of preparation principals must undertake to ensure that their students will be prepared to master new college- and career-ready standards.

The new standards reassert the urgency for school-wide literacy programs and an increase in rigor at all grade levels. To support teachers and students properly in this work, it is critical that school principals engage fully with the new standards and lead large-scale changes in their schools that will enable students to achieve at the level required by the new standards. Before instruction can change, principals must build the capacity to change. The webinar offers tips and tools for principals to play an active role in preparing teachers, students, and the community at large for this transition. The webinar also included a question and answer period to address questions submitted by viewers across the nation.

Moderated by Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise, the webinar’s guest panelists included Tracey Lamb, principal of Fulton County High School in Hickman, Kentucky and Mel RiddileEdD, the associate director for high school services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

For additional information including supplemental materials, click here .

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