Hawaii Charter Schools & IAAK Team Members Lead the Way as the First Participants in the Common Core Black Belt Institute

We’re very excited to share that charter schools and IAAK specialists will be participating in Hawaii’s first Common Core Institute’s Black Belt Certification Institute.  Building on best practices for sustainable change and capacity building, the Black Belt Certification Institute is designed to develop leader educators to become resident experts on the Common Core State Standards and the National Pathway for Common Core Implementation.  The goal of the Institute is to empower schools and districts to provide ongoing, sustainable training and support throughout their school system for implementation of the Common Core Standards independently, without support from outside consultants. 

The Institute is facilitated by experts from the Common Core Institute and the Center for College and Career Readiness and connects our local cohort with principals, curriculum coordinators, and teachers across the country, generating rich dialogue around the Common Core State Standards and best practices for implementation.

The Institute consists of face-to-face sessions (a minimum of six hours each), monthly webinars with follow-up independent guided lessons, regular conference calls with national leaders, including experts working with the assessment consortia and the CCSSO (authors of the Common Core State Standards), and access to print and online resources to share with colleagues.  The estimated total time commitment should not exceed two hours per week.  The model of the Institute is manageable for busy educators and effective in building knowledge for change.  The Oahu cohort will kick off on December 12th and December 13th with a face-to-face session on each day from 8 am to 2 pm.

The Institute includes…

  • Session I:  Beginning Common Core Implementation
  • Session II:  Deconstructing and Understanding the Common Core
  • Session III:  Applying the College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards
  • Session IV:  Applying Math Practice Standards
  • Session V:  Aligning Classroom Assessments to the Common Core

It’s not too late to join!  If you’re ready to become a Black Belt, call us at 487-5437 to join the community.  It promises to be an enriching learning experience for all of us. 


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