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Teachers will help teachers adapt to Common Core changes at Madrid-Waddington

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MADRID — Madrid-Waddington Central School District administrators will select six teachers to act as district leaders to help their colleagues adapt to curriculum changes, including the Common Core.

The program is sponsored by the state Education Department and will be supervised by the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

The “district leaders” will also measure the success of the district in implementing the new standards.

“I see it as a major catalyst for continued professional development and implementation of the Common Core,” Superintendent Lynn M. Roy said Tuesday. “Again, I can’t help but say this, but this should have come first before implementation [of the Common Core] instead trying to build it after the fact. If this had come first, I don’t think we would have seen the problems we did with implementation.”

School districts can choose up to nine district leaders. Mrs. Roy proposed to the school board choose one kindergarten through 12th grade literacy specialist, a universal pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and one sixth through 12th grade math specialist, and one English language arts teacher each from third through fifth grade, pre-kindergarten through second grade, and a sixth through 12th grade.

Teachers will be selected for the program based on criteria and qualifications set by each school’s administrators.

The program will supplement the district’s already existing leadership committee, Mrs. Roy said.

“It’s a great idea, and it’s giving people who have experience in a specific content area a leadership role. It’s a little late in coming, but we’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. I think it is very applicable program.”

The move is one of the many the district is making to help teachers, parents and students adapt to the recent rollout of more rigorous education standards under Common Core last year. The district is also sponsoring an informational presentation on the Common Core for parents on Feb. 8.

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