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ERIC Number: ED564290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Designing, Leading and Managing the Transition to the Common Core: A Strategy Guidebook for Leaders
Brown, Brentt; Vargo, Merrill
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE
The Common Core provides districts an opportunity to renew their focus on teaching and learning. But it also poses a number of design and implementation challenges for school districts. The "Leadership and Design Cycles" described in this guidebook offers an evidenced-based and structured process for leaders to design and implement Common Core change initiatives in ways that promote innovation, build reciprocal accountability, and effectively address both the technical and human dimensions of change. Infusing "design thinking" into the change process allows leaders to share responsibility for tactics, while ensuring that what gets designed and implemented meets a locally defined vision and core strategy for 21st Century teaching and learning. It also is an essential tool for engaging a wide range of stakeholders. The guide also explores the essential questions or "design choices" that leaders must address to effectively navigate their districts through a complex and comprehensive journey. This includes essential change management practices, such as: (1) connecting the initiative to a broader vision for improved teaching and learning; (2) managing the pace of change by narrowing focus; (3) increasing site/classroom autonomy, while providing enhanced support; (5) engaging teachers and site administrators in the design process; (5) building or repurposing feedback loops and refining strategies and tactics accordingly; (6) increasing leadership development opportunities for site administrators; (7) coupling bottom up change strategies with clear expectations and accountability; and (8) informing, engaging and involving parent and community members. The guide concludes with a bibliography.
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE. 3653 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670. Tel: 510-642-7223; Fax: 510-642-9148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Identifiers - Location: California