About a week after most area schools closed, teachers and administrators were back in the classroom, taking part in a summer course that will prepare educators for implementing new standards across the state for the 2013–2014 school year.
The state’s Educator Effectiveness Academies began this week as part of what school officials say is a continuation of the largest professional development program in state history.
More than 6,000 educators are scheduled to take part in several regional academies, including the first academy at Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville, which more than 1,000 from Howard, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Frederick and Anne Arundel counties attended.
Academies are slated for June 26–28 in Baltimore and Waldorf.
The academies are part of the state’s efforts to prepare for more stringent national standards that will require students to comprehend reading, writing and math concepts on a deeper and more rigorous level, and teachers will be required to deliver lessons that are considered competitive in the global educational arena.
Tests on those standards will be administered beginning in the 2014–2015 school year.
“Last year, we took standards and turned them into frameworks, and frameworks identify the essential skills and knowledge that a kid has to have to successfully tackle that standard,” said Scott Pfeifer, the state’s director of instructional assessment. “This year … let’s take a framework and illustrate it with … some model lessons that are specific.
“What we’re not interested in doing is writing hundreds and hundreds of those,” said Pfeifer, “because that would be a scripted curriculum, and the fact is that teachers need to write their own lessons in order to be effective. We have to give them models.”
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