Thanks to a $1.4 million Professional Learning Communities of Effectiveness (PLACES) grant from DC's Race to the Top fund, E.L. Haynes created and is leading the DC Common Core Collaborative, a consortium of 22 public and charter schools to help teachers citywide build expertise in pedagogical content knowledge, transition to the Common Core State Standards and significantly improve student learning. Collaborative schools adopt the internationally-recognized technique of lesson study to develop content, and share best practices via an innovative technology portal and annual lesson study festivals. Reaching more than 11,000 students citywide, the Collaborative has made a major impact on DC's move to Common Core Standards.
Here are three brief videos about the DC Common Core Collaborative that demonstrate the power of this far-reaching program:
In 2009, with support from DC's Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the US Department of Education's Charter Schools Dissemination Grant Program, E.L. Haynes launched the Power of Planning (POP) project to dramatically increase the effectiveness of school-wide planning to drive student achievement. The one-year project was a partnership among E.L. Haynes and two DC public schools has had a tremendous impact on advancing curriculum planning expertise at all three schools.
Georgia Avenue Campus | 3600 Georgia Avenue NW Washington, DC 20010 | (202) 667-4446 (grades 5-8)
Kansas Avenue Campus | 4501 Kansas Avenue NW Washington, DC 20011 | (202) 706-5828 (grades PK-4) | (202) 706-5838 (grades 9-12)