1. CoreStand Consultant Series: Shrink The Change

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    The Common Core Standards challenge educators to adapt and refine our craft according to changes in the ways our students are learning. Common Core expert Bobb Darnell explains in this video tutorial that we can view these changes as challenges...or opportunities. Join Bobb as he explains how best to implement change on an instructional level and discusses tools that facilitate that process for educators as we transition to the CCSS. Enjoy!

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    • VLCs: Extending and Enriching Collaboration

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      Hear directly from educators about CoreStand’s Virtual Learning Communities, or VLCs, teacher-driven groups that extend collaboration beyond the school day. In this video, principals, Taya Kinzie and Jerry Michel discuss the benefits of using VLCs for transitioning to the Common Core Standards and implementing best practice strategies.

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      • VLCs: Meaningful Feedback for Teachers

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        Principal Jerry Michel, author of Can You Hear Me Now?, discusses how CoreStand's Virtual Learning Communities (VLCs) are an essential tool for differentiated professional development. Right now, teachers are at different points on their journey to unpack the Common Core Standards, and, Michel contends, providing a collaborative framework for dialogue and sharing is critical.

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        • VLCs and Differentiation

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          In today’s world, teaching is much more than simply delivering a lesson, unit, or activity. Educational expert Jerry Michel discusses how teachers need to be “surgeons” when designing and planning for instruction. Differentiation, he notes, is central to engaging today’s students, a population which is growing more diverse with every school year. Making connections and collaborating with teachers who have a similar student population opens up opportunities as never before, and CoreStand’s VLCs make it possible.

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          • VLCs: Blended Professional Development

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            Blended learning environments (where students work in both online and traditional settings) streamline the learning process. Similarly, blended professional development environments extend and enrich collaboration and dialogue for teachers. Drew Cramer, a recent college graduate and VLC leader, shares how his VLC members take advantage of both virtual and real world collaboration to maximize their efforts.

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            • VLCs: Keeping the Momentum Going

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              Recent college graduate Drew Cramer talks briefly about how VLCs allow him to stay in touch with professors and peers and, as he puts it, “keep the momentum going.”

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              • CCSS: An Integrated Model of Literacy

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                The Common Core Standards embody an integrated model of literacy. Drew Cramer, an educator certified in both History and English, outlines what this means for both E/LA teachers, as well as for teachers of history, social studies, science, and technology.

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                • CCSS: A Universal Language

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                  High school principal, Taya Kinzie uncovers the opportunities that emerge now that the Common Core Standards have brought educators a common language. Students, she contends, succeed when they feel a strong connection to their learning. Teachers are no different. Virtual Learning Communities, Taya explains, help educators of all types (teachers, counselors, speech pathologists, social workers, librarians) feel more connected to their own professional development.

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                  • All Under One Roof

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                    High School Principal, Taya Kinzie underscores that, even though she and her colleagues are “all under one roof”, in the past they’ve felt splintered and unable to connect as much as they’d like. CoreStand’s Virtual Learning Communities (VLCs) have given her school the opportunity to re-open the lines of communication to find ways to increase student achievement.

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                    • VLC Case Study: Willard Elementary

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                      Elementary teachers Frances Collins and Lara Galicia share their experiences and highlight the benefits of collaborating within Virtual Learning Communities (VLCs). They point out that, in addition to extending and streamlining planning time, VLCs are a vehicle for self reflection and analysis.

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