Last week I had the honor to learn from one of educations best, Dr. Tim Westerberg @ timwesterberg.com Throughout the day I feverishly jotted down ideas that I knew I needed to address on the Iowa Core Blog, but quickly one topic became critical to address.....Creating, Clarifying, Revisiting and Sustaining the Iowa Core Vision!
To no fault of anyone; schools have become so busy implementing the Iowa Core......understanding the standards and working on alignment, creating common assessments, outlining a multi-tiered system of support for students falling through the cracks that we've possibly lost sight of why we're doing what we're doing....the Iowa Core vision has faded.
So here's what I'd like to challenge every educator in Iowa to do...REFLECT! Reflect on what the Iowa Core look like in your building? What does it sound like? How does it feel? What are students and teachers doing differently now that they weren't doing five years ago? Celebrate the good things that you've accomplished and outline what needs to be done to continue to move the Iowa Core forward!
On March 10, 2014 I blogged "So You Think You're Implementing the Iowa Core standards?" Included in this post was a great tool that assists teachers in identifying their level of implementation @ http://iowacorenetwork.blogspot.com/2014/03/so-you-think-youre-implementing-iowa.html Check it out and make it a priority to revisit your Iowa Core vision today!