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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


Christine Y. Mason, Ph.D., is Founder and Executive Director of the of Center for Educational Improvement. She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of educational reform, principal leadership and mentoring, and heart centered learning. She has 17 years’ experience as a yoga and meditation teacher. Mason has authored more than 100 books and articles, and given over 500 national, international, regional and local presentations. Her Ph.D. is from The University of Ohio.




Reem Labib, M. Ed., is an education consultant focused on school improvement and school reform efforts both in the United States and the Middle East. She has participated as a team member in school quality reviews for seven years, evaluating schools serving students in grades PreK-12. Labib holds a bachelor’s in psychology from The George Washington University and a master’s in education specializing in curriculum and instruction with a focus on multicultural education from George Mason University.

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