Guam DOE Offering Training for Teachers in Common Core Math Standards

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Guam  –  The Division of Curriculum and Instruction from the Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) is conducting initial training for all secondary math teachers and a cadre of teachers from each elementary school on the Common Core State Standards (“CCSS”) in Mathematics. 

The training will run from Tuesday, September 10th to Thursday, Sept. 19th from 8am to 3pm (different venues- please see attachment).

GDOE has partnered with the Guam Community College (“GCC”) to provide the training to teachers. This round of training covers the Standards of Mathematical Practice and the Standards of Mathematical Content of the Common Core Math Standards. It will also include various instructional strategies to help teachers incorporate the standards into their current lessons.

Dr. Michael Chan, Associate Dean of Technology and Student Services of GCC and Kathy Carroll, Senior Research Associate and math specialist at WestEd, a nationally recognized educational research and development organization, will be leading the training. These training sessions are made possible by funding through both The Territories and Freely Associated States Education Grant and The Title V-A Consolidated Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Now in the second-year of implementation of the CCSS, GDOE is providing training to teachers on instructional strategies and a slow, but systematic incorporation of the standards into the teachers’ daily lessons. Though not yet at full implementation, teachers are asked to begin incorporating the standards into their lessons as much as possible and to work with their colleagues on sharing successful lesson plans and strategies.  

“High standards and effective teachers are the solution to improving our education system on Guam,” said GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez. “The opportunity to help teachers with dedicated and research-driven training is key to ensuring our success.”

Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Improvement, Joe Sanchez stated that “These training sessions are an important part of our second year of implementation of the Common Core Standards where we are now focusing on training teachers in a variety of research proven instructional strategies.”

GDOE has mapped out a three year implementation of the CCSS. During the first year of implementation of the CCSS, a thorough review of the standards by all teachers and a mapping of the curriculum to ensure alignment between schools was completed. 

“To date, we have provided training for teacher teams, from every school, in unit and lesson planning for the Common Core State Standards, Classroom Instruction That Works, and most recently research-based Literacy Strategies, and there are plans to provide more. It is our intent to build the capacity at each of the schools by provide training to specific teams of teachers, in a variety of areas, who will serve as a professional development resource for their colleagues and
school administration.” added Sanchez.

The specific grade levels and venues over the next two weeks are listed on the attachment.

For additional information on these training sessions or the Common Core State Standards, please feel free to contact Joe Sanchez, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Improvement at 300-1635/1247 or via email at jsanchez@gdoe.net