PACE Event

Regional Leadership Sessions on Common Core State Standards Implementation

School districts across California have begun working to implement the Common Core State Standards and to prepare for California’s new assessments.  Policy Analysis for California Education and California County Superintendents Educational Services Association are pleased to sponsor six regional leadership sessions on CCSS Systems Implementation. These meetings will introduce you to a variety of strategies, tools and resources that your district can use to support successful implementation of the CCSS.

The sessions will feature local examples of effective implementation, along with strategic advice on key issues including:

  • Professional development for teachers
  • Messaging and communications
  • Investments in technology

The PACE/CCSESA sessions will be hosted by County Offices of Education in six regions of California, with live broadcasts statewide. Join school board members, district and union leaders from your region to learn more about the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Tools and Resources

2020 Vision: Rethinking Budget Priorities Under the LCFF
In this report PACE offers guidance on research-based strategies for LCFF implementation.

Designing, Leading and Managing the Transition to the Common Core: A Strategy Guidebook for Leaders
Describe a research-based process for leaders to use as they navigate their CCSS journey. Addresses the interrelated instructional, leadership and system shifts required by CCSS.

CCSESA Leadership Guide for Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
Provide uniformity in guidance to school districts in the implementation of the CCSS through collaboration with critical partners, such as the California.

Getting to the Core: How Early Implementers are Approaching the Common Core in California
The report is intended to inform both practitioners and policy makers about the wide variety of CCSS implementation strategies that California school districts are choosing.

The Common Core State Standards
This is the official home of the Common Core State Standards. It provides parents, educators, policymakers, journalists, and others easy access to the actual standards, as well as supporting information and resources.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
During Spring 2014 districts and schools throughout California will participate in a field test of the Smarter Balanced assessments under the auspices of the new system known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The field test provides an ideal opportunity for districts and schools to assess their technological capacity to deliver the tests to students.

Communicating the Common Core State Standards
A Resource for Superintendents, School Board Members, and Public Relations Executives.

K-8 California’s Common Core Standards Parent Handbook
Handbook developed to assist K-8 parents with the transition to the CCSS. It's written in parent-friendly terms for each grade level in ELA and math. It's translated in 18 languages.

California Subject Matter Project
The California Subject Matter Project is a network of nine discipline-based statewide projects that support on-going quality professional development.

Mathematics Framework
The framework helps guide the curriculum development and instruction that teachers provide; provides context for implementing the CCSS; focused on the grade level and course level CCSS in the chapters; provide a wealth of examples for teachers to use.

English Language Arts/English Language Development framework
Assembly Bill 250 (Chapter 608, Statutes of 2011) calls for the revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework to align with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and incorporate new English Language Development Standards.

Notable Websites:

Achieve the Core
Brokers of Expertise
California Department of Education CCSS
California Department of Education CCSS Professional Development Modules
Colorín Colorado
Share My Lesson
The Teaching Channel
Understanding Language

Michael W. Kirst's Opening Address