The Glendale Unified School District has a four-year plan to transition to the Common Core State Standards. This plan is aligned with our current professional development programs and with the GUSD Strategic Plan that was adopted by the Board of Education this year.
The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will focus on instruction around concepts and skills to help students develop a deeper understanding of core material and develop critical thinking skills across the disciplines. The plan began in the fall of 2011 with awareness-building among our teachers and administrators about the instructional shifts within the new standards. The district created four Common Core Cadre groups, two for elementary and two for secondary, to help with the awareness plan and to support schools as they make the transition to Common Core instruction in later years.
This year, 2013-2014, teachers are engaged in a deep examination of the new Common Core Anchor Standards for Literacy. These Common Core Anchor standards delineate reading, writing, listening and speaking skills students utilize across curriculum at all grade levels. Teacher leaders are creating professional development modules around these key literacy standards and strengthening core instruction of literacy practices. Students are learning to build knowledge through content-rich texts, discussion and expression of ideas.
This is an exciting time for the profession of education and for the students of Glendale Unified,and we are excited to taking this journey with our students, parents, and community!