Successful districts gave time, to their teachers... their administrators... and their staff to collaborate, write, and plan the implementation of CCSS.
Successful districts found talent, in their own staff. They found teacher-leaders who became mentors, trainers, and teaching partners to those who struggled to understand why, how, and when to implement CCSS.
Finally, districts provided financial resources... funding training, materials, and release time... as building administrators and teachers felt the need. Not just purchasing the first program or series to put on the shiny "CCSS Aligned" sticker.
The process of identifying gaps, finding what works, and making recommendations is just the beginning of the discussion. Governor Malloy stated at last night's meeting "these recommendations are just the beginning of the conversation not the end". He came to personally say thank you for our time and talent.
With our last meeting next week, and the report due on June 30 my mind has moved to reflect on the process, the plan, and the implementation.
There is so much left to do, so much misinformation out there, so many teachers needing support, so many children to challenge and prepare for college and careers.
I look forward to being part of this shift, providing supports for other teachers, and helping children to recognize, embrace, and share their own leadership, time, talent and treasure.