Primary Grant Focus

The National Paideia Center (NPC) is enabling its teachers to deepen their knowledge of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), especially as related to building students’ literacy skills across content areas, by developing and implementing a new professional learning model that utilizes a both online and face-to-face approaches and focuses on integrating CCSS into seminar-based instruction in Paideia classrooms.

Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success

The NPC is building teacher capacity to understand and implement rigorous literacy-based instruction in Paideia classrooms using three strategies:

  • Recruit and develop a cohort of 25 teacher leaders from within its network of schools and districts that use the rigorous, seminar-based Paideia pedagogy grounded in CCSS-aligned critical thinking in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The NPC trains teacher leaders, or Paideia Practitioners, who then help deliver blended learning professional development to K-12 teachers of social studies, science, and English language arts. To support teachers as they develop new curriculum integrating CCSS and Paideia pedagogy at their school sites, Paideia Practitioners provide in-person professional development, followed by ongoing technical support on text selection, seminar question development, and the writing process. NPC increases its capacity for professional development as Paideia Practitioners gain knowledge and skills. By the end of the project, the National Paideia Faculty will feature up to 60 well-trained consultants whose expertise spans all grade levels and subject areas.
  • Offer 50 sessions of two blended learning courses in CCSS-Paideia literacy strategies—one for experienced Paideia teachers and a second for teachers new to Paideia and to CCSS—reaching more than 1,000 secondary science, social studies, and English language arts teachers in Florida, Connecticut, Oklahoma, and California. In small groups of 20, teachers first experience intensive, in-person professional development focused on using the Paideia seminar as an approach to delving deeper into the text and preparing students for academic writing through the Literacy Design Collaborative framework. Afterwards, teachers continue their learning online through six weeks of planning, facilitating, peer-reviewing, and reflecting on a Paideia seminar with online support from Paideia Practitioners.
  • Curate 500 new teacher-generated CCSS-Paideia Literacy Plans and distribute on the NPC website and through future training.

General Information

The National Paideia Center
29½ Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Contact Person: Terry Roberts, Director
Phone: (919) 619-3589

Term of Grant: July 2014 – December 2015
Grantee Initiative: Paideia – Common Core Network Development Program
Region: National
Subject Area: Literacy in Humanities and Science
Education Levels: K-12