I just read this article in Education Week’s Learning Forward, PD Watch.
In it, Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor for Learning Forward, argues that unpacking the standards (“deconstructing“) was not the correct place for educators and schools to begin implementing the CCSS:
For many teachers, the professional learning focus on implementing the Common Core began at an unnecessary point. Rather than spending months or even a year unpacking the standards, teachers must engage in applying the standards in their classrooms and schools.
I have to say that I completely disagree with Killion in this statement. Her article goes on to say actual implementation of the standards happens when educators practice the shifts of pedagogy and content. She mentions two articles that offer varying views on best practices for implementation, but says:
Each expresses some concern that the professional learning community model rarely embeds deep learning about content, pedagogy, and PCK.
At this point, I have been involved in several common core training sessions and many, many deconstruction conversations. I would contend that without these conversations, and without having spent the time I have spent elbows-deep in the language of the new standards, I, as an educator, would have no idea how to begin implementing the pedagogical and content-based shifts of the CCSS. How can a teacher enact a new paradigm without the understanding of said paradigm? How does one envision a CCSS-based lesson without having a deep understanding of the learning objective.
I’m not sure I follow this article.