"Transitioning to the CCSS provides the ideal opportunity to rethink how educators are trained on the new standards and related assessments."

— Arkansas Education Assistant Commissioner

Dr. Laura Bednar

Common Core Institutes

Institute 1 - Arkansas Common Core Strategic Plan

The Arkansas Department of Education will present Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Institute #1. This institute will focus on the Arkansas CCSS Strategic Plan. ADE staff will review the seven action areas of the plan.

Topics covered:

  • Plan and resources
  • CCSS micro-website
  • "Need to Know" tool

Institute 2 - Assessment Literacy

Institute 2 has been moved to the Assessment section and is now named Assessment 1.

Institute 3 - Lesson Planning for Formative Assessment

The Arkansas Department of Education will present Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Institute #3. This institute will focus on planning for formative assessment within the CCSS for Math and ELA. Participants may submit questions for the afternoon Q and A.

Topics covered:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics

Date: March 13, 2012

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Institute 4 - Learning Progressions in ELA and Math

The Arkansas Department of Education will present Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Institute #4. This institute will focus on the learning progressions within the CCSS for Math and ELA. Participants may submit questions for the afternoon Q and A.

Topics covered:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics

Date: May 10, 2012

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Institute 5 - ESEA Flexibility

Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, and Dr. Denise Airola, Research Specialist for the Arkansas Leadership Academy, present the key components of the ESEA Flexibility for Arkansas.

On June 29, 2012, the US Department of Education announced that Arkansas is one of five more states to be granted flexibility from some long-standing requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Under the ruling, Arkansas will reward some schools for exemplary performance and improvement and distribute targeted resources to help persistently struggling schools. The state's plan for flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) runs parallel with the implementation of college and career ready learning standards and efforts to strengthen educator evaluation.

Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell is grateful for the flexibility Secretary Duncan has given the state to provide stronger tools to improve schools.

"This flexibility allows Arkansas to evaluate schools in terms of performance, growth and graduation rate," said Kimbrell. "We are not turning our back on accountability. With our new system of accountability, support and intervention, we will focus on specific problems unique to each public school in Arkansas."

The new accountability system is anchored in college and career readiness for all students. Like previous models, it continues annual public reporting of student outcome measures in math and literacy to assess school performance. However, this more robust system also includes student achievement growth measures and high school graduation rates. The new system holds all schools and districts accountable for improving student performance and creates five performance classifications that determine consequences and guide interventions and supports.

The state's goal is to ensure all students graduate from high school ready for success in college or a career. This flexibility is one step closer to fulfilling the goal of a better, educated workforce.

Date: July 16, 2012

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More information is available on the ADE website. http://arkansased.org/programs/nclb.html

Institute 6 - ADE Curriculum Frameworks Discussion for new 4th Credit Math Courses and Additional ELA Course Offerings under CCSS

Target Audience: Administrators, secondary principals, central office curriculum administrators, instructional facilitators, counselors

Curriculum Specialists from the Curriculum and Instruction Unit of ADE will introduce and answer questions about the new high school math and ELA course offerings to be implemented beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

Date: October 15, 2012 - 1:00-3:00

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Institute 7 - CTE Assessment System

Institute 7 has been moved to the Assessment section and is now named Assessment 2.

Institute 8 - Updating the Development of the Next Generation Science Standards

Target Audience: All educators

This one-hour presentation is a recording of Dr. Stephen Pruitt addressing the Arkansas Science Teachers Association during the 2012 Arkansas Curriculum Conference. A dynamic speaker, Dr. Pruitt is Vice President for Content, Research, and Development at Achieve, Inc., where he is coordinating the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In preparation for the spring 2013 release of the NGSS, he describes the development process, supporting resources, and the structure of the standards. He explains the three-dimensional nature of the NGSS student performance expectations which will include science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas. To emphasize how NGSS will change science instruction, Dr. Pruitt compares a current middle school standard to a sample NGSS middle school standard and provides an example of how high school students could demonstrate understanding of ecosystems using a unit entitled Lake Algae. His message is clear: We, the science education community, have an opportunity to "unlock the future" of not just a select few, but all students.

Date: November 8, 2012

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Institute 9 - PARCC Model Content Frameworks

Institute 9 has been moved to the Assessment section and is now named Assessment 3.

Institute 10 - Special Education Standards-Based IEPs

The Arkansas Department of Education will present Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Institute. This institute will focus on the process for developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities based on the Common Core State Standards. Activities included will enable educators to practice using a variety of data sources to: a) write clear and objective present levels of academic and functional performance, and b) develop quality annual goals designed to provide meaningful access to the general education curriculum.

Topics covered:

  • The importance of using the standards as the basis for IEP Development
  • Present Level of Academic and Functional Performance
  • Writing Quality Goals and Objectives