Power (Department) Standards - are central to a discipline and have lasting impact beyond the classroom. Power standards are the big understandings or themes you want the kids to get out of their classes. These are the big ideas and understandings that help them in life.
Priority (Course/Content) Standards –are the most important content standards in your specific course or subject. You will find you may need to identify specific skills your student needs to be successful at these standards.
The Professional Development team understand this will be a complex problem to solve along with all the difficulties in solving the problem, We want to remind all departments once again that this is a PROCESS. One that will continue throughout the year. We will make mistakes and learn from them. We will start slow but get faster as we learn from our mistakes. But we will get better at it, the more time we go through each cycle.
Why Power Standards?
1) There are too many Common Core Standards to cover in a given year.
2) Power Standards narrow the FOCUS
3) It allows teachers to teach the depth of content vs. the breadth which in turn allow for increased student achievement.
Please let any of us know if we could be of any help to resolve issues within your department and/or additional questions/concerns you might have.
BREAK OUT SESSIONS:
Session 1: Failure Rates
We all know that you are great teachers and do the great things in your class. But just a couple of reminders to help you catch some of the failures before they happen. And more importantly, it will alleviate a lot of the troublesome conference you may have at the end of quarter with these students' parents: