“Two Heads are Better than One”- BGPS Staff Utilize Early Release for Common Core State Standards

October 18, 2013

It’s been said that two heads are better than one, and this year Battle Ground Public Schools
will put that old adage into action. Starting this academic year, two early release Fridays each month will be devoted to professional development around the Common Core State Standards. 

Common Core State Standards are a new set of learning standards that have been adopted in 45 states across America, including Washington. Created for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, Common Core State Standards are designed to help students be college and career ready. These new standards represent a shift in the teaching of English Language Arts (writing, reading, listening, and speaking) and Math. 

Battle Ground Public Schools’ staff are preparing for the 2014-2015 implementation of
these standards through extensive professional development. Twice a month Battle
Ground staff will use early release days to work in collaborative groups to revise curriculum to meet these new standards.

“Teachers will use this collaborative time to learn about the new standards, examine current
teaching techniques, and plan high quality lessons and assessments,” says Dr. Paula Koehler-Martin, Executive Director & Chief Academic Officer. Collaborative professional development will ensure all students across the district are learning the same content and will be assessed fairly using the new standards as learning targets. Research on effective teaching shows kids learn more when teachers work together and plan collaboratively.

Check out our new Common Core State Standards webpage at Common Core

This page has a short video explaining Common Core as well an informational flyer and links to state and national resources.