Learning Forward’s Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With an immediate focus on implementing Common Core State Standards and new assessments, the initiative provides resources and tools to assist states, districts, and schools in providing effective professional learning for current and future education reforms.
This website has numerous guidance resources and tools to assist states and districts with the implementation of practices and professional development for implementing new standards and assessments. The resources clearly identify purpose and are comprehensive in descriptions of process along with accompanying tools to guide implementation efforts. The site is easy to maneuver with visuals and descriptions that help in the identification and selection of various tools and publications. Many of the tools are quite lengthy and comprehensive in providing guidance and tool examples. Publications and tools on this site are comprehensive, timely and complete however I wonder if the length of some of the tools might cause some users to avoid them, considering that the numerous steps and resources are simply too overwhelming given limited time for such thoughtful implementation. Users would implement more thoughtful and most likely successful plans if they were to use some of the guidance and tools provided through this resource website.