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Summer 2016 Standards Institute

July 11 - 15, 2016 / Fort Lauderdale, FL

This summer, join educators from across the country for an intensive and transformative learning experience designed to improve, develop and sustain instructional excellence. Come with a team from your school, district or network and study how the standards, content and systems can improve the performance of struggling students.

Please download our flyer and watch a short video about last summer's Institute to learn more!

July Standards Institute



Teachers, Coaches, Specialists

ELA: Curriculum & Instruction

Math: Curriculum & Instruction

Principals, Administrators, Superintendents

Leadership: Leadership, Systems & Structures, and Curriculum & Instruction


Mathematics Pathway (schedule)

Understanding the Mathematical Standards and their Shifts.

Study the mathematical shifts of focus, coherence and rigor through the examination of standards-aligned tasks and activities to better understand the structure of the standards as well as their language and meaning. Gain a deeper understanding of prioritized content and analyze the ideas of coherence within and across grades, with a focus on identifying prerequisite standards. Examine conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and their application, and explore why rigor is critical within the context of instruction, curriculum, and student work. Examine how the shifts impact the practice of teachers and coaches.

Instructional Practice.

Come to understand how students engage with the math content and practice standards and describe the connections between them. Study the Instructional Practice Guide (IPG), a free tool from Student Achievement Partners, using the perspective of the shifts and mathematical practices to better understand how the IPG can drive effective instruction. Examine the implications for role-specific practice including understanding content, lesson planning and implementation and reflection.

Deepening Content Knowledge.

Deepen understanding of grade-level content through the exmination of curriculum maps and materials from the EngageNY curriculum. Learn how the instructional shifts are embodied within a high level curriculum map and assessment materials. Learn ways to make effective adaptations for students who are below grade level and for English Language Learners (ELLs); practice designing adaptations using the EngageNY curriculum and annotating lessons according to the IPG.  

ELA Pathway (schedule)

Establishing a Solid Foundation for Instruction.

Examine the relationship between the standards, shifts, and instruction to better understand how a strong scope and sequence can move students toward college and career readiness. Through work with free curricular materials, understand how to immerse students in a learning environment that engages them to build fluency, knowledge, vocabulary and comprehension in the classroom.

Instructional Planning, Delivery & Reflection. 

Through collaborative video study and ongoing reflection, analyze lesson planning, instructional moves, and standards-alignment in the classroom.

Complex Text and Higher Standards.

Practice determining text complexity to ensure student access to grade-level complex text. Develop targeted text dependent questions that support and scaffold reading experiences for struggling students. Distinguish between close reading and a volume of reading, and understand the roles of each in and out of the classroom. Through a study of argument writing at the secondary level, learn how to engage students in writing for understanding and support their claims with text-based evidence. Learn how to work non-evaluative formative assessment into planning and instruction to achieve stronger student outcomes.

Leadership Pathway (schedule)

Building High Standards Success and Leading Instructional Practice.

Leading high standards implementation requires a level of instructional leadership that is entirely new for many school leaders. In-depth and hands-on learning experiences develop understanding of the standards for both ELA and math: recognizing what they look like in a classroom setting; matching instructional strategies appropriately; and developing teachers’ capacity to plan and deliver standards-aligned curriculum.

Instructional Leadership.

Participate in a cycle of learning to deepen understanding of what the standards look like - and don’t look like - in practice. Spend significant time on content-specific work to better understand what to look and listen for in classrooms and how to change practice through evidence.

Development Through Observation and Feedback.

Using instructional video, unpack what teachers need to know and be able to do to design and lead a standards-aligned classroom. Discuss how to provide feedback to teachers in order to move practice.

Systems and Structures.

Identify the systems and structures that are essential for sound decision-making and successful implementation of standards-aligned curriculum and instruction.  Address planning and making choices based on student needs, including strategies for closing gaps in knowledge or skill.


General Information

To access electronic content during the Institute, please bring the device of your choice - we recommend either a laptop or tablet computer. A smartphone will also work, although is less preferable. If it is not possible for you to bring a device, please let us know by emailing us at

Please dress casually and comfortably. The meeting spaces may be cool or hot at times; we suggest you dress in layers to ensure you are comfortable.

Free Common Core Standards App

Prior to the Standards Institute, download the free Common Core Standards app by MasteryConnect. This app is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, the Windows Store, and the Amazon AppStore. We know that many states use the Common Core Standards and others have adapted them. We will primarily use the Common Core MasteryConnect app for a shared experience, however, note that MasteryConnect has an app for all State Standards available here.

Knowledge Survey Pre-Test

To help us gather information about the impact of Institute on your learning, you will be asked to complete a 10-minute confidential survey about your current knowledge of the learning objectives by Wednesday, 6/29. You will receive the survey link through a separate email from  We do not expect that you will know the answers to all the questions right now. On Day 4 of Institute, you will be asked the same questions again to see how your knowledge has changed. At that time, you will be able to see the correct answer to each question. All results will only be shared in the aggregate and you will never be identified individually. Thank you so much for your time!

ELA Pathway

PK-3 Pathway

(1) Bring a text that you would like to build a several-day read-aloud project around, ideally non-fiction and aligned with topics you currently address in your classroom. The text should be above your students' reading abilities.

(2) Read the following texts and and annotate looking for places where the text provokes ideas or questions:

4-8 Pathway

(1) Read and annotate the following  texts, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions:

9-12 Pathway

(1) Listen to the “The Place Of Argumentation In Curriculum” podcast (approximately 20 minutes) with Judson Odell and David Abel.  Bring notes with ideas and questions from the podcast. 

Math Pathway

(1) (Required) You’ll need two artifacts from your practice to study during the training. Please bring with you one lesson plan and one curriculum map (scope and sequence) that you have used this year or will be using next year. These items are required even if you do not work in a school building; they can be but do not need to be teacher created, and may come from a commercial curriculum or textbook. We will ask you to engage with these several times throughout the week.

  • The lesson plan should be one day of instruction and include details like problems/exercises and recommended teacher instructions and/or dialogue.
  • The curriculum map should describe what topics and/or standards are taught and when throughout the school year. A district pacing guide is also acceptable.

(2) (Required) Please download the EngageNY module(s) listed below as you will use them during the week, depending on the grade for which you’ve registered. We will not provide printed modules at Standards Institute; please bring these module materials with you, either in printed or digital form. These are available here.

See below for details about which grades/courses are studying which modules:

  • All grades and courses: Download Module 1.
  • For Grade 2 and Grade 8, please also download Module 2.  

(4) (Optional) Please download and read through the Mathematics Instructional Practice Guide from Student Achievement Partners:

Leadership Pathway

Math Leadership Sessions

Please download the EngageNY module(s) listed below that you will study during the week, depending on the grade for which you’ve registered. We will not provide printed modules at Standards Institute; please bring these module materials with you, either in printed or digital form.

For Grades K-5 sessions, please download:

For the Grades 6-8 sessions, please download:

For the High School sessions, please download:

ELA Leadership Sessions

Read and annotate for both of these texts, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions:

(1) “Advancing Our Students’ Language and Literacy: The Challenge of Complex Texts” by Marilyn Adams 

(2) “Both and’ Literacy Instruction K-5: A proposed Paradigm Shift for the Common Core State Standards ELA CLassroom” by Meredith and David Liben 

6-8 and high school leaders should also read the text listed below for their sessions:

Grades 6-8:  “Commonwealth Club Address” by Cesar Chavez

Grades 9-12:  “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois