Chicago, IL (03/17/2013)—Today at ASCD’s 68th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, ASCD and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) announced a new partnership to provide FADSS members statewide customized professional development that will build participants’ capacity for successfully leading, supporting, and monitoring the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their districts.

Composed of 67 school superintendents from across the state, the mission of FADSS is to assist and support Florida superintendents in providing leadership that ensures every student in Florida acquires the skills, knowledge, and attitude to be contributing members of our democratic society. FADSS provides members crucial leadership development programs focused on student achievement, building relationships with business and governmental leaders, and communication and networking services.

ASCD’s new collaboration with FADSS will create a customized leadership development program for Florida superintendents blending virtual and face-to-face components into a seamless program to support district leaders implementing the standards in each of the state’s 67 school districts. Specifically, this new program:

Creates and deploys a needs assessment for participating district leaders that identifies the appropriate, differentiated, and leadership development resources needed for the successful implementation of the standards;

Produces collaboration tools supporting the development and application of promising organizational policies and practices that districts can use to effectively monitor and support schools with the implementation of standards; and

Reviews existing tools, strategies, and resources supporting superintendents and district-level leaders statewide in their role as instructional leaders focused on Common Core implementation and develops additional resources as necessary.

“Florida’s 67 superintendents, as constitutional officers and dedicated education professionals, are fully committed to providing a high-quality system that allows students to obtain an excellent education,” said William J. “Bill” Montford III, CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. “Yet to implement new systemic innovations such as the Common Core State Standards, superintendents—like all educators—need effective, ongoing, and job-embedded professional development. FADSS is pleased to be working with ASCD on this new initiative, which provides districts with another tool to assist in the development and implementation of the best possible education practices in Florida school districts.”

Working in a consultative capacity with FADSS staff, ASCD designed a unique leadership development plan that will commence in the coming months with the online, interactive self-assessment and a webinar series introducing key concepts.

A series of regional workshops led by ASCD faculty will follow, providing superintendents and their district-level administrators the research-based tools, resources, and strategies they need to lead the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in their districts. Following the workshop series, ASCD will conduct additional webinars for participants and support FADSS with ongoing virtual professional development and other services.

“FADSS and ASCD share the belief that ongoing, job-embedded professional development is critical at every level of education, from the classroom teacher to the superintendent,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. “We look forward to working with Bill Montford and the rest of the FADSS team in supporting superintendents and other district leaders as they implement the new Common Core State Standards across Florida.”

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Contact Information
Stephen Wakefield, communications director, 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail.
Marissa Bialecki, communications coordinator, 1-703-575-5461 or by e-mail.

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