Reply To: Common Core -What's Happening in Your District?
Standards, if anything, should be developed at a national level, but how you choose to implement those standards (or address the ELA and Math standards put forth by the Common Core) through curriculum design is something you absolutely have to do on a local level.
Should you look to the example set by larger districts or early adopters? Absolutely. But as far as curriculum goes, I’ve always felt you want to be designing that at the local level, because you want to craft something that is going to work for your teachers, your students and your community. You know your resources, your students and your priorities best, and designing your own curriculum should help you to put those strengths and resources to the best possible use. After all, I don’t think anyone would argue that what works best for my district will work the best in every other district in the country. Right?