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Common Core Professional Development Series
Revisions designed to make PD more useful, practical

While full implementation of the Common Core standards in 2014-15 seems a long way off, making the transition will take time, energy and commitment.

“Our goal at the department is to provide schools with high quality professional development to assist them in this transition,” said Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.

Based on the results of a summer pilot program and feedback from the field, several changes have been made to the state’s Common Core Professional Development Series.

• The professional development has been shortened to four days, instead of five.

• The PD will shift to focus primarily on disaggregating standards, with a secondary focus on ensuring that instructional practices and assessment cover the depth and breadth of the standard.

• Funding is now available to pay for substitutes, so that teachers can attend the PD series. This funding is made possible by a grant from the Great Plains Education Foundation.

• The deadline to register for this year’s PD series has been extended to Oct. 14. Training will now begin in November.

Click here to learn more about the Common Core Professional Development Series. Or contact Becky Nelson at the Department of Education, (605) 773-4681.