Posted by Tiffany Richards on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 1:59 pm
How STC Schools are Prepping for the Common Core: David Ellis Academy
More schools across the nation are settling into their Common Core integrated curriculum as the year goes forward. In Redford, MI, David Ellis Academy is on top of making this change as smoothly as they can. Michelle White, the Academic Director of DEA, has shared some words with us on how they are adapting to the Common Core:
David Ellis Academy is preparing for the transition to the Common Core in a few ways. Firstly, the staff has participated in several in-house and offsite professional development sessions on the shifts in ELA and math, Smarter Balanced Assessment, and understanding the Common Core standards as a whole. Several staff members attended an in-depth, two day workshop on ELA or math sponsored by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA). Secondly, eight staff members are part of the Common Core State Standards Team and are working on redesigning DEA’s curriculum so that is it based on the Common Core. The new curriculum should be ready by summer 2013. Additionally, some teachers have incorporated the standards into their daily instruction and activities. Lastly, we are expanding our knowledge of project-based learning as it readily connects to the Common Core.
What do you think about how David Ellis Academy is integrating the standards into their educational syllabus? Does is it align well with your steps or does it contrast? Let us know in the comments section below.