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District 204 One of Four Selected for National Program

Reported by on 5/15/13

District 204 is one of four school districts in the nation selected by the Helmsley Charitable Trust to provide support for teachers as they incorporate the major shifts required by the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The standards will require significant changes in instructional practice for both literacy and math, creating the need for new tools and resources for all teachers.

District 204 will participate by creating video resources that integrate Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the Common Core State Standards. Teachers will be selected to model best practices, with classroom lessons captured on video. The videos will be placed online so educators across the country have access to see exemplar teaching. Classroom selection and videotaping in the district will take place beginning next fall through March 2014.

District 204 was selected to participate based on its national reputation for outstanding teaching and learning. It was also noted that the district has done a great deal of work related to the Danielson Framework. Superintendent Kathy Birkett said she is excited to showcase the talent of District 204 teachers. “It’s an honor to be able to share with teachers across the country the work our teachers do every day with students.”

Education expert Charlotte Danielson is visiting District 204 in May to work with more than 150 district staff. Danielson is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness, specializing in the design of teacher evaluation systems that, while ensuring teacher quality, also promote professional learning. She advises State Education Departments and National Ministries and Departments of Education, both in the United States and overseas.

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