In December, the California Teachers Association (CTA) announced a partnership with Stanford University for a three-year project to provide professional learning opportunities to educators statewide related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) project involves 160 accomplished teachers and 24 education leaders and administrators who are creating professional development strategies and materials to support their colleagues in learning about and implementing CCSS and the Next Generation Science Standards. Over three years, the project will ultimately engage more than 50,000 California teachers and administrators in professional development.

The ILC is a combined effort of CTA, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and the National Board Resource Center at Stanford University with a number of additional funding partners.  Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education and faculty director of SCOPE, noted, “Ultimately it is our teachers who will be responsible for their success. The ILC enables teacher leaders to create meaningful professional learning opportunities that will help their colleagues to make the instructional shifts required by the new standards.”

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