During the school year, my district is great about training teachers how to use new instructional methods in order to meet the Common Core State Standards. However, the district has basically told us that we need to find all of the resources ourselves. We are also expected to create an assessment for each skill. In order for teachers to create their own curriculum and assessments they need to be given time. Not only should teachers be paid for the time they are putting into writing curriculum and searching for resources, but they should be given the opportunity to collaborate with others in their district. This collaboration time would alleviate a lot of the problems our curriculum committees face. For example, the grade level teachers would have a greater understanding of the curriculum because they helped develop it and they would also have the manpower to find more materials.
Idea No. 441