Primary Grant Focus

The Central Savannah River Area Regional Educational Service Agency (CSRA RESA) supports its K-12 rural and non-rural teachers with ongoing professional learning in implementing the instructional shifts of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in literacy and mathematics. K-12 instructional leaders also receive training to build their understanding of and capacity to evaluate, high-quality instruction, as required by the Teacher/Leader Keys Evaluation System (TKES/LKES) and components of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) frameworks.

Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success

CSRA RESA offers regional educators and education leaders both face-to-face and online professional learning opportunities and ongoing support related to CCGPS implementation in classrooms and schools.

  • Using their frameworks and planning tools, LDC and MDC teams of effective teachers or instructional coaches deliver face-to-face professional learning sessions focused on CCGPS-aligned instructional strategies and tools that enable teachers to develop new instructional modules. Educator teams deliver one-on-one and small-group support for teachers—especially rural teachers in remote areas who have few colleagues with whom to collaborate. CSRA RESA support continues as teams offer in-person coaching, modeling of instructional strategies, mentoring, and monitoring of teacher progress as they teach the LDC and MDC components. Part of the learning cycle includes analyzing student work samples in English language arts, science, and social studies, as well as implementing formative assessments in math and reflecting on the resulting data.
  • Instructional leaders participate in CSRA RESA-provided professional development focused on how to use a protocol for conducting pre-during-, and post-conferences to gauge how the Formative Assessment Lessons (FALs) and LDC Modules impact student learning.
  • CSRA RESA has provided national and state presenters in both math and literacy to supplement teacher practices as they implement the instructional shifts in their classroom instruction.
  • CSRA RESA teachers have the opportunity to showcase their classroom practices and successes regarding the instructional shifts at the Summer Academy sponsored by the CSRA RESA and at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) summer conference in 2015.

General Information

Central Savannah River Area Regional Educational Service Agency (CSRA RESA)
4683 Augusta Hwy, Dearing, GA 30808
Contact Person: Mary Stout, Director of Professional Learning
Email: mstout@csraresa.org
Phone: (706) 556-6225 Ext. 115
www.csraresa.net
Term of Grant: July 2014 – December 2015
Grantee Initiative: Scaling the Heights of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
Region: Central Savannah River Area, Georgia
Subject Area: Literacy and Mathematics
Education Levels: K-12