Presentation on theme: "Common Core Standards: A Sea Change for K-12 Instruction and Learning The Role of Higher Education Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D. Dean, Michael D. Eisner College."— Presentation transcript:
Common Core Standards: A Sea Change for K-12 Instruction and Learning The Role of Higher Education Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D. Dean, Michael D. Eisner College of Education California State University, Northridge March 11, 2013 California Community Foundation
Higher education plays multiple roles in ensuring the success of the Common Core State Standards
Role #1 Aligning higher education curriculum with K–12 curriculum (which includes both adapting admissions standards and revising curricula of first year courses that act as bridges between K–12 and college majors).
Role #2 Preparing and educating teachers, both prospective and practicing.
Preparing and educating teachers Five major changes that will need to take place in teacher preparation and professional development programs: 1.Increase selectivity and proactive recruitment to increase both the content knowledge of teachers and the diversity of the teaching force. 2.Alter the content of disciplinary courses for future and practicing teachers.
Preparing and educating teachers 3.Alter the professional preparation courses for future and practicing teachers. 4.Identify, nurture and sustain high quality field experiences for all future teachers. 5.Design and maintain a data collection system (including both assessments and infrastructure) committed to continuous improvement.
Role #3 Conducting research on issues of teaching and learning the Common Core State Standards, teacher quality, and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Role #4 Establishing and sustaining long-term partnerships with other organizations and agencies in the educational system.
Establishing and sustaining long- term partnerships Continuous improvement requires open lines of communication, shared commitments to change, a willingness to create a flexible infrastructure that can respond in a timely fashion to new infor- mation, and a streamlined way of tracking student learning over time (from K–12 schools into U.S. higher education institutions).
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