If you are looking for a starting point to ensure that your school is aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards or have already started strategic planning for implementation; you will find the overview below helpful.We read through the New York State Department of Education Crosswalks for Literacy and Math and have highlighted key takeaways, big picture shifts and the potential opportunities to develop New York City students. These are some of the changes made, but all changes can be found in the crosswalk documents.
The Next Gen standards do not represent a total rewrite of the standards (phew!) however there are strategic and nuanced changes that teachers need to be aware of. This represents a fantastic opportunity to engage in professional learning around the standards. Teachers can deepen their content knowledge and understanding of grade-level expectations while also exploring the progression of the standards across grades. School leaders should deepen their understanding of the specific changes and provide teachers time to adjust their curriculum accordingly. This work can happen throughout the spring and requires careful planning and facilitation.
These shifts can lead to greater instructional coherence across classrooms and grades: the same habits can be emphasized in different classrooms; vocabulary can be a focus in multiple subjects; along with the vertical integration of skills. Within these shifts, teachers can continue to prioritize the major work of the grade. There is the possibility for an increased opportunity in learning where students go deeper like project-based lessons. This will allow for instructional flexibility and exploration of concepts.
The big picture of the shift is an opportunity to prioritize serving all learners. These shifts ensure the success of all learners can become a priority, with a focus on moving ELLs or SWDs; matching tasks with the needs of students, and independent reading where students are reading on their level.