Common Core

Dr. Conrad-Curry provides a variety of opportunities to enrich understanding of the Common Core State Standards and their assessments. Achieve has recognized her expertise by inviting her to a seat on the EQuIP Jury of nationwide educators. The California DOE has appointed Dr. Dea as a Content Review Expert in their 2015 ELA/ELD Adoption. Dr. Dea has also designed a framework for integrating the Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards within curriculum and assessment as a continuing cycle of learning.

Staff Development for Common Core Standards

All workshops are customized to meet the learning and teaching needs of your district, schools, and teachers. Every district in every state is truly in a different place. Dr. Conrad-Curry works with her schools to design the most effective approach in bringing the Common Core to life in the classroom. Workshops typically incorporate “the nuts and bolts” of the Common Core while focusing on actionable instructional methods to put in use immediately for successful implementation of the standards. Dr. Conrad-Curry also works with schools and districts to develop Common Core aligned curriculum using existing textbooks and materials.

Topics for Professional Learning  and Ongoing Curricular Change

  • Illinois Administrator Academy 1585 | Designing Common Core Standards-Based Local Assessment as a Measure of Student Growth
  • Quick Wins for Common Core Implementation: Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 9
  • Common Core: Your Lesson/Unit Design & Achieve’s EQuIP Rubric
  • Common Core and PARCC: Preparing for Tomorrow Today!
  • A Close Reading of the Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards & Appendices
  • Integrating Reading & Writing & Speaking: An Expected Common Core Outcome
  • Developing a Scope & Sequence for Integrating ELA Standards

Dr. Conrad-Curry uses all of her experiences to support teachers, schools and districts across the nation to implement the rigorous expectations of the Common Core Standards. Dr. Dea has designed Common Core Grade-Level Unit Planners with convenient drop-down standards and fillable forms. She has also designed Common Core Performance Task Planners complete with self-populating cells aligned to PARCC Assessment Blueprints. To support teachers and students in the Common Core writing standards, Dea developed grade-level analytic writing rubrics aligned to PARCC’s draft writing rubric. Administrators and teachers are excited to see grade-level documents that succinctly summarize assessment expectations and guides planning for instruction and formative assessment.


General Session Descriptors: Teacher Workshops & Administrator Academy

Teacher Workshops |Common Core, Performance Tasks and the EQuIP Rubric: Unit Design with Assessment in Mind

Applying the overall structures of the EQuIP Rubric, this two-day workshop (sometimes an intensive one-day session) follows the backwards design protocol as participants work to configure a standards-based approach to instruction and assessment. Day One focuses on designing a standards based assessment. Dr. Dea will provide grade-level interactive task planners focusing unit assessment purpose. Participants will select from a series of Common Core grade-level task topics to create a performance task using PARCC’s most recent item writing guidelines (2015). Day 2 focuses on the EQuIP Rubric as a foundation for a backwards design protocol in developing a multi-day lesson/unit aligned to the performance task/assessment of the previous session.

Administrator Academy | Designing Common Core Standards-Based Local Assessment as a Measure of Student Growth

By 2016, Illinois’ PERA law mandates the inclusion of student growth data into educator evaluation instruments. By incorporating next-generation assessment approaches and Common Core standards in the development of locally designed Tier II and Tier III assessments, schools can leverage time to better know the standards and prepare students for standards-aligned PARCC assessments. This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to…

1.) Understand the relationship of Tier II and Tier III assessments to Common Core and classroom practice;
2.) Use current assessment theory in the evaluation and development of assessments designed to meet enacted PERA law;
3.) Understand the importance of a standards-based model in designing rigorous assessments;
4.) Compare the design of next generation items aligned to the Common Core Standards and/or current PARCC, ACT, and SAT items;
5.) Draft a district protocol for developing local standards-based Tier II and Tier III assessments: item writing, field-testing, scoring, and revision.