DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2013) – Daytona State College has partnered with 10 other Florida College System institutions and Florida State University to provide Common Core State Standards (CCSS) training to public K-12 educators.
With Indian River State College as the lead institution on the $7.2 million federal grant, the Florida Common Core State Standards Professional Development Consortium will design and deliver professional development training to support the CCSS initiative. Training will address teacher standards, assessments for math and English, student tutorials, a text-demand study and more.
Daytona State will develop online training modules for the common core student tutorial, which is part of the CCSS teacher training toolkit. Its share of the grant proceeds will total approximately $580,000, which also will allow it to provide CCSS training that will reach thousands of K-12 teachers in Brevard, Seminole, Orange, Volusia and Flagler counties.
Daytona State will adopt a “train the trainer” concept that will cater to all learning types and be offered in online and face-to-face environments, according to Dr. Amy Ringue, project director for the college’s share of the grant and professor in Daytona State’s College of Education. “In addition, the grant provides the resources for advisory committees to meet and provide feedback about the ongoing implementation and assessment process of the Common Core toolkits in K-12,” she said. “The committees, established in all five counties, will be a forum for discussion and sharing of best practices on the Common Core State Standards implementation tools.”
The common core standards were developed by professional educators from across the United States and are designed to ensure that all students graduate high school prepared to enter college or the workforce. Proponents say the standards provide clarity and consistency in what is expected of student learning across the country and help provide all students with an equal opportunity for an education, regardless of where they live. They also ensure consistent exposure to materials and learning experiences through curriculum, instruction and teacher preparation.
To date, the standards have been adopted by 45 states, including Florida, which voluntarily adopted them in 2010. Florida is expected to begin implementing the standards during the 2014-2015 academic year.
In addition to benefitting working teachers, Daytona State’s involvement in the consortium effort will benefit students in its seven bachelor of science in education programs, according to Ringue. “Our faculty already incorporate the use of CCSS into the assessments used in the baccalaureate coursework, but the grant helps take teaching about Common Core to a higher level because faculty can discuss concrete tools of implementation.”
She added, “Daytona State teacher candidates are placed in field experiences in both Volusia and Flagler schools where the directing teachers will be using the tools, so the teacher candidates will see it working real-time in the classroom. This access will give them a tremendous advantage when implementing the Common Core State Standards in their first year of teaching.”
Daytona State Director of Resource Development Dr. Theodore Sofianos praised the grant-writing team from his area and the College of Education for its efforts. “A tremendous amount of work went into securing this grant,” he said. “Faculty who become involved with grants usually do so for the sole benefit of their students and their programs. They are truly a distinguished breed.”
Other members of the consortium include Florida State University and Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Edison State College, St. Petersburg College, St. Johns River State College, College of Central Florida, Northwest Florida State College, Miami Dade College, Chipola State College and Broward College.
NOTE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College has responded to the education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 50 years. The college enrolls nearly 30,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education a number of times in 2013. In June, the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Also in June, Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, featured the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers and, this past spring, U.S. News & World Report ranked Daytona State among the top in the nation – No. 2 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
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