Pinellas County Schools and ASCD Partner to Support Common Core Implementation

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The seventh largest school system in Florida, PCS serves 104,000 preK–12th grade students in more than 145 schools. ASCD is the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.

PCS has set a goal of creating a professional development system for the district’s “Leading the Learning” cadres, instructional coaches, teaching and learning and professional development staff, and school-based administrators to support all PCS teachers in implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) through school-based, job-embedded professional learning. To help meet this need, PCS professional development staff chose ASCD and the association’s customizable and sustainable Capacity-Building solution. Available to schools, districts, or regional service agencies, ASCD’s Capacity Building solution can be delivered on-site, virtually, or through a blended model.

“The mission of Pinellas County Schools’ professional development team is to inspire excellence in practice to ensure student success,” said PCS Professional Development Director Lisa Grant. “To achieve that mission, we sought a trusted organization to work within our new professional development system to provide the content and expertise our teachers need to implement the Common Core State Standards. In collaboration with ASCD, we are creating a team of district experts equipped to lead research-based professional development activities. These activities will build educators’ background knowledge and understanding of the new standards so that they can be integrated into best-practice strategies for achieving student success in the classroom.”

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