Since the roll-out of the Common Core State Standards in June of 2010, over 40 states have adopted them. The question is:
How do we implement the Common Core into our current units of study?
We don’t. In order for our educational system to improve, it is vital that we change the traditional model of teaching, moving from a content- driven curriculum to a skills-based curriculum.
Implementing the Common Core provides a road map for teachers to design units of study around the Common Core State Standards. In a traditional unit design, we generally start with the content, then move to activities to use in class, finally creating the test (which is generally content-heavy). We need to think about the process differently.
Core 4 All has developed a unit design template that is user-friendly that begins with the Common Core as the vehicle to drive curriculum. Through the step-by-step approach, SACI, teachers move through the 4 disciplines in education:
Standards, Assessment, Content Curriculum, and Instruction.
Implementing the Common Core will:
Revitalize your planning and instruction.
Help students develop proficiencies of targeted standards.
Assist with developing a framework for common formative assessments to monitor student progress.
Better prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.
The SACI Unit Design Template will help teachers build engaging units that will build the essential skills needed for students in the 21st century workplace.
Let’s create the leaders of tomorrow today.
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