California Educator

October 2016

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Instructional Leadership Corps Nearly 50,000 served and growing T H E I N S T R U C T I O N A L L E A D E R S H I P C O R P S ( I L C ) has been a huge success in providing teacher-driven pro- fessional de velopm ent for implem enting th e n e w standards. It's done so well, in fact, that the three-year project — now entering its third year — was recently extended for two more years, and will expand in scope and focus. ILC is a collaborative effort of CTA, the Stanford Cen- ter for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the National Board Resource Center at Stanford Uni- versity. In the past two years, ILC has built a statewide network of accomplished teachers and other education leaders who support implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). I LC h a s pro v i d e d profe ssi o n a l d e v e l o pm e n t i n a groundbreaking approach of " t each ers t eaching t each ers" on a grand scal e. In just tw o years, 284 teacher trainers have provided training to more than 47,000 of their peers — with more than 350 school districts involved. CTA President Eric Heins says that he wasn't at all surprised at the program's success. "It's been a wonder- ful collaboration and something that CTA is very proud of. It's the first large-scale project I've heard of where teachers are taught by teachers, which is really exciting." e trainings demonstrate, through lesson modeling and other strategies, what the new standards look like in a classroom setting, allowing educators to see how other teachers are implementing the standards. A recent study, conducted by the Center for the Future of Teach- ing and Learning at WestEd, shows that viewing CCSS and NGSS best practices firsthand is the model that's preferred by teachers throughout the state. The popularity and success of ILC trainings have greatly exceeded expectations of those who created the project, according to Marlene Fong, one of the coordi- nators of ILC. " When we saw the numbers recently, we were like 'Wow!' to see what the project has accomplished in two years," Fong says. " We've trained almost 15 percent of more than 325,000 educators." ILC funders include the Stuart Foundation, NEA, the A scene of teachers training teachers from the new ILC video. Watch it at 44 CTA & You

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