Principal Leadership - May 2015 - (Page 38)

COLLABORATIVEHigher Standards Common Planning to Meet One school's system for meeting the challenge Todd Trimble D uring the 2014-2015 school year, the Florida Department of Education required full implementation of its Florida Standards for all grade levels. This has been a challenge for educators, who had to unlearn the previous standards and all of the details 38 Principal Leadership | May 2015 associated with those standards. They also needed to learn how the new standards were going to be assessed, what resources were useful in teaching them, and how to teach them. To meet this challenge, the teachers at South Creek Middle School, a Title I school in Orlando, FL, have started a weekly process of collaborative common planning, developing high-quality lesson plans that result in instruction aligned with the standards. According to Lezotte and Snyder (2011), effective schools provide opportunities for teachers to study standards, review and discuss instructional practices, and share ideas. At South Creek Middle School there are four instructional

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal Leadership - May 2015

Sungard K-12 Education
From the Editor
Bulletin Board
Cases in Point
eCampus Systems14
Healthy Schools, Healthy Students
2015 NASSP Digital Principal Award Winners
The New School Library
Salsbury Industries
Building Bridges, Making Connections
Leading a STEM Shift
Considering the Whole Student
Collaborative Common Planning to Meet Higher Standards
More Than a Building: Personalization and the Ninth-Grade Center Model
Discussion Guide: More Than a Building
Teaching for Tomorrow, Today
Instructional Leader
Breaking Ranks in Practice
Solution Tree
School Outfitters

Principal Leadership - May 2015