Today I present Dr. Donna S. Leak, Superintendent of Rich Township High School District in Illinois, and her talk at the Key Ignite event during NCSM in April. In her presentation, “The Will to Transform—The Action to Succeed,” Donna describes how her staff adopted the Standards for Mathematical Practice from the Common Core as the language and organizing principle for all departments in her high school district, not just mathematics.
This idea was new to me. As a huge fan of the coherence and focus that the Common Core Standards for Mathematics brings to the discipline, I had not really considered that the meta-cognitive development described by the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are in fact completely appropriate for any academic discipline. So sit back and listen to one district’s story of how they are embracing the Common Core as a means to transform their schools—not just their mathematics program, but the school culture as a whole.