Leadership for the Common Core: The State of Implementation

NAESP is collaborating with other national organizations to assist school leaders with planning for and implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessments. The session will provide information on the ‘State of Implementation’ with examples highlighting approaches and best practices from several states that have worked toward implementation. The workshop will also include advice and recommendations from national policymakers/technical assistance providers, such as the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Partnership for the 21st Century, NAESP, and the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, an Affiliate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The interactive session will include a jigsaw sharing of sample updates from states, sample forms, and approaches to topics such as understanding text complexity, comparing and contrasting informational text, building skill mastery in math, mathematical reasoning, cross curricular instruction, 21st Century Skills, and college and career readiness.

Key Points

  • Implementation measures can successfully employ best practices from other locations as well as suggestions from national leaders.
  • A change as large and dramatic as the one that schools are making to CCSS requires patience and energy and thoughtfulness.
  • NAESP provides many supporting services, including webinars, Common Core seminars for states, publications, technical assistance, and Web resources.


1.5 hours


Dr. Christine Mason, Reem Labib

ONLINE RESOURCES: See our collection of useful resources on the Common Core at www.naesp.org/common-core-state-standards-resources.