This post is the next in a lengthy series intended to make the work that I am facilitating relevant to Race to the the Top and specifically, the alignment of curricula to the Common Core Learning Standards, transparent for others. Doing so has enabled me to gain clarity and new perspectives from others who are on the ground and doing this work. They have significant expertise to share.

If you are approaching similar work in your role as a teacher or facilitator, I’m eager to connect with you! Over the last few months, I’ve received invitations to collaborate with others in spaces beyond this blog, and I’m learning a great deal as a result. Please let me know if you’d like to add your voice to this conversation. I hope you’ll add a comment below or email me at Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last few months:

I began the work of Race to the Top by helping the teachers that I am working with define a vision for the graduate they hope to shape and the teacher they hope to become:

As each initiative has unfolded inside of the districts I am serving we’ve begun:

As a facilitator, one of my primary objectives is to help teachers work in ways that increase job satisfaction.

Last week, I shared the way that I’ve begun approaching curriculum design with the teachers I serve. This week, I’ll blog about the products that are emerging from this work and how I’m using formative assessment to inform my practice and professional development planning.

If there are specific aspects of this work that you’d like me to speak to more or questions you’d like me to address, please feel free to leave them below or drop me an email at Responding helps me clarify my own thoughts, and the questions that I’ve been receiving challenge me to consider some very different perspectives and approaches. I’m learning a great deal–thanks!




  1. Mike Fisher Reply

    You’ve been on fire lately…I’ve been directing teachers to get a feed from you about Common Core stuff. I’ve been loving your last few posts! I’m sharing this one out since it covers a lot of ground. Keep on rockin’!

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