Throughout November: Supporting Student Success and the Common Core
"Educators need to prepare kids to be career and college ready, but they also need to prepare them for their present world. The Common Core State Standards set out to do that. They're not perfect, but they are a starting point" (Peter DeWitt).
The standards are not a curriculum. Standards are targets for what students should know and be able to do. Curricula are the instructional plans and strategies that educators use to help their students reach those expectations. Central to a supportive school are teachers, administrators, and other caring adults who take a personal interest in each student and in the success of each student. Join us throughout November as we look at how we are designing course content, choosing appropriate instructional strategies, developing learning activities, continuously gauging student understanding, adjusting instruction accordingly, and involving parents and families as partners to support our students' success.
A whole child approach to education is essential to realizing the promise of the standards. Only when students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged will they be able to meet our highest expectations and realize their fullest potential.
The Whole Child Podcast
Download the Whole Child Podcast Thursday, November 7, for a discussion on supporting students and the Common Core. You'll hear from
- Peter DeWitt, an elementary school principal in New York and the School Administrators Association of New York State's 2013 New York State Outstanding Educator. DeWitt writes the Finding Common Ground blog for Education Week and is the author of Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (Corwin Press).
- Thomas Hoerr, a former teacher and principal and currently head of New City School in St. Louis, Missouri. Hoerr is the author of numerous books and articles, including the recent Fostering Grit: How do I prepare my students for the real world?; facilitates the ASCD Multiple Intelligences Professional Interest Community; has presented internationally on multiple intelligences theory; and writes the "Principal Connection" column in Educational Leadership.
- Rich McKinney, assistant principal for a middle school in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the 2012 Outstanding Social Studies Teacher for the state of Tennessee. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, McKinney also serves as a professional development specialist in his district and is a Common Core coach for the state of Tennessee.
The Whole Child Blog
Check out the Whole Child Blog for contributions from experts and practitioners in the field; whole child partners; and ASCD staff, who will share free resources, provide examples, and answer your questions. Be sure to leave your questions, ideas, and stories in the comments.
Connect (if you haven't already) with the Whole Child Initiative on Facebook and Twitter and be part of changing the conversation about the importance of a whole child approach to education with more than 22,000 people from around the globe.