This easy-to-use, “one-stop shop” assists districts and schools at all stages of their implementation of the English Language Arts (ELA) Standards. It provides no-cost resources to schools and districts in Minnesota to support administrators, teachers, and others to prepare all students for the needs of the contemporary workplace or for the rigors of a college education. The tools were developed or reviewed by Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) staff to ensure coherence in practice and quality.
Throughout the kit, you will encounter the metaphor of building a road. In this aerial view, you will gain a broad vision of the landscape to be navigated, the ultimate destination, and an understanding of the road being constructed to get there. There are five sections of the Toolkit that guide you systematically through the stages of implementation: Exploration, Installation,
Initial Implementation, Full Implementation, and Sustainability. Every section provides the self-assessments, activities, resources, and tools needed for successful completion of each stage.
Exploration: Map the Road provides supports to understand the important foundational concepts for implementation. This foundation incorporates principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and promotes the development of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) with practices at each tier aligned to the ELA Standards and building academic language so that every student will make progress. It also lays the groundwork for building the leadership and organizational capacities needed to shepherd exploration of the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts.
Installation: Prep the Road provides supports to use data to drive decisions, coordinate professional development, align work through collaboration, and select evidence-based interventions.
Initial Implementation: Pave the Road provides supports for using data to drive implementation and fidelity, building units and lessons with features of UDL, installation and guidance in building academic language, supplemental supports, protocols for scoring student work, and professional development.
Full Implementation and Sustained Implementation provide supports for continuous improvement and sustained efforts for long-term success.
To fully understand the promise and opportunity of implementing the ELA Standards, MDE has created district portraits of the implementation journey.
The first video is of St. Paul Public Schools. Watch this video to learn how St. Paul Public Schools is using the implementation of the Minnesota K-12 ELA Standards as an opportunity to do business differently. From the start of this multi-year process, the district’s leadership and implementation team has engaged teachers, administrators, and specialists throughout the district in an effort to improve the teaching and learning of the ELA Standards and to create shared responsibility for their implementation. Hear members of the St. Paul team describe the important lessons they are learning on the road to full implementation in this 17-minute video.
The second video is of Brainerd Public Schools. Watch this video to see how implementation of the standards is a process of intentional acts that guides standards alignment, best practices implementation, professional development, data-driven decisions, and multiple tiers of instruction. Hear members of the Brainerd team describe how implementing the Minnesota K-12 ELA standards are part of a standardized process of improvement. Note: Throughout their implementation journey, Brainerd has held a steady course and supported infrastructure through many challenges that all districts have faced: economic differences among schools, a mobile student population, school closings, staff changes, failed levies and declining enrollment. Despite the variability in funding and staffing, they have sustained what some have described as a costly infrastructure and achieved high academic performance across their district. This 30-minute video illustrates a portrait of implementation focused on leadership and improvement that spans more than 10 years.
Aligned Acts of Improvement: English Language Arts Standards Implementation in the Brainerd Public Schools
Toolkit Design and Navigation
Common Core State Standards and Diverse Urban Students: Using Multi-Tiered Systems of Support(http://www.cgcs.org/cms/lib/DC00001581/Centricity/Domain/87/77--Achievement%20Task%20Force--RTI%20White%20Paper-Final.pdf). This white paper from Council of the Great City Schools’ (CGCS) provides an overview of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for district and school administrators as well as for the general public.
It discusses how the simultaneous integration and implementation of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with the implementation of the English Language Arts (ELA) Standards (referred to as the Common Core State Standards in the paper) may benefit all students. Although the paper’s title suggests that the standards were designed for large urban districts and schools, CCSS have relevance for all districts, schools, staff, parents, and students in Minnesota.
Common Core Standards and English Learners (http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/webinars/event/37) is a two-hour webinar that contains an overview of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The webinar focuses on English Language Learners (ELLs) and provides examples of how the reform has impacted several school districts. The program is based on the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) paper mentioned in the resource summary above, and was sponsored by the National Center for English Language Acquisition (NCELA). Presenters include Judy Elliott, former Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District; Lily Wong Fillmore, University of California, Berkeley; and Margarita Calderón, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University.
Background on Standards - 8/15/13
The 2010 ELA Standards in Minnesota are based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts. The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS) is a collaborative project driven by states to define the k-12 knowledge and skills that all students need in order to be ready for college and careers.
Toolkit Design and Navigation - 8/15/13
The Toolkit uses a metaphor of building a road or path, first plotting the course, then paving the way that ultimately leads to the final destination, that is, all students graduating from high school ready for college and careers.
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