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PLCs and the Common Core: Are We Leaving Instruction Behind?


by Bradley Ermeling January 18, 2013

The Common Core State Standards have potential to improve student learning but are arriving with a questionable assumption: common standards plus increasing accountability pressures will translate into improved practice and achievement. Standards define where students need to be; accountability systems document where they are. Educators are supposed to discover ways to close the gap. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) could play a pivotal role in closing this gap, but not unless we re-conceptualize their structure and content to include meaningful reflection on instruction and provide teachers with a roadmap to productively guide collaborative work around the CCSS.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 18, 2013
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17001, Date Accessed: 7/24/2014 2:13:57 AM

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  • Bradley Ermeling
    Pearson
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    Dr. BRADLEY A. ERMELING is a senior research scientist in the Pearson Research and Innovation Network
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