Implementing a National Initiative
Section 3: Current Specific Issues
Educators make sacrifices and face obstacles for their students and plan effectively to assure they are teaching those students. Teachers work as committed professionals to help students achieve, catch up, or move ahead. In order to be successful, leaders must motivate teachers by providing strong support and growth opportunities, creating flexible environments, and involving teachers in making decisions. However, teachers can also form teams and create learning communities to help themselves be the best teachers they can be. This section explores the best way to assure teachers are developing effective teams and learning communities.
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Assignment 7 Driving New Standards
There are many new initiatives in K-12 education – three are major initiatives for the United States – the Common Core Standards, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and Race to the Top. Each one of these new standards has an impact on schools. As an educational leader, you should understand these initiatives and be willing to provide information, support, and leadership as your school implements them.
•U. S. Department of Education: http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/Programs/EROD/org_list.cfm?category_ID=SEA
Assignment Preparation1.Identify one or more Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) programs or schools.
2.Identify how the elements of the Common Core are impacting or will impact your sphere of influence.
3.Consider what Race to the Top means to your school, district, or state.
Assignment: Implementing a National Initiative
Design a PowerPoint slides presentation exploring the key components of STEM, the Common Core Standards, OR Race to the Top. Develop a proposal for initial or next steps regarding implementation in your current setting. Your proposal presentation should inform your audience of the value of the initiative and the ultimate benefit it will provide for PK-12 students. You should also consider the emotional needs of your audience in accepting your proposal. The following should be identified in your presentation:
•Any costs involved in implementing proposed steps
•Professional development and training considerations
•Timeline for implementation.
Incorporate appropriate animations, transitions, and graphics as well as “speaker notes” for each slide. The speaker notes may be comprised of brief paragraphs or bulleted lists. Use slide narration if you wish.
Length: 12-15 slides (with a separate reference slide)
Notes Length: 50-100 words for each slide
References: A minimum of 3 scholarly resources
Spotlight on Skills: Developing a Power Point Presentation
In this activity you will prepare a Power Point Presentation. For help in using this tool, review this PowerPoint Tutorial. http://www.ncu.edu/public_images/mentor_affairs/training/Writingcenter/Successful_ppt.pdf
Your presentation should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic.
Be sure to include citations for quotations and paraphrases with references in APA format and style where appropriate. Review APA Form and Style.
Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy. View the Northcentral Academic Integrity Tutorial to refresh your knowledge of how to achieve academic integrity.
Save the file as PPT with the correct course code information. Upload the completed assignment in the Activities area of the course
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