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Common Core and CLI

The CCSS are no longer “new,” or “someday in the near future” guidelines. They are here now. Student assessments and accountability to these complex, high-level standards begin in 2014. Steps every district needs to complete in order to be ready include:

  • training teachers about the CCSS content
  • interpreting the standards to develop local curriculum
  • aligning instruction with the curriculum
  • matching educational materials to the standards
  • developing common local assessments
  • implementing and validating all components.

  • Tired of searching state websites for advice? Confused about how to proceed? Let CLI professional curriculum consultants be your guide.

    Learn More About CLI & Common Core
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    CLI Model for School Improvement

    Our model for school improvement makes curriculum development and alignment make sense. Starting with the foundation of Governance, we work with school districts to develop a customized, local solution to the question of curriculum development, alignment, and assessment.

    The first step of Governance is the creation of a curriculum policy, which establishes a Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC). Council duties include:

  • creating a curriculum policy and long-range plan
  • making decisions about teacher implementation requirements, grading, mastery, and assessments
  • looking at the district mission statement
  • creating open lines of communication
  • integrating appropriate staff development.
  • Learn More About the CLI Model

    For more information about the CLI Model, this video will help answer some of your questions about the service our consultants provide.

    Our Services

    Full Service Contract

    CLI’s full-service contract begins with 18 days of on-site service, and increases as the district progresses through the model. A CLI consultant works regularly on-site with your staff, guiding you through all steps of the CLI Model. Additionally, the consultant provides off-site services such as preparation of agendas, tailor-made handout materials, or annual reports; review of curriculum documents; or planning of staff development activities. In-between the on-site visits, the consultant and district leaders have continued communication via email and telephone.

    Optional Service Contract

    In this contract agreement, CLI provides on-site services ranging from 1 to 17 days through the contract year. Options for such services include:

    • The consultant visits the district regularly to guide you through the CLI Model. Your staff completes assignments in-between visits.
    • The consultant provides training on key points of the CLI Model.
    • The consultant provides training during your regularly scheduled in-service days. Such training might include one of our two- or three-day workshops.
    • The consultant provides services to meet the special needs of your school or district. Contracts are frequently arranged according to a school or district’s specific requirements.

    What Others are Saying . . . next prev

    • The CLI process not only meets the goal of establishing a vertically and horizontally articulated and aligned curriculum, it provides an incredible professional development experience for educational staff involved in the process.

      Supt. Carmen Ayala, Berwyn North SD, IL

    • The CLI model revolutionized our curriculum. As a result, our achievement has categorically improved.

      Supt. Mark Fredisdorf, Pleasantdale SD, IL

    • This program is not packaged or scripted. It is locally developed and empowers teachers to act as the experts in the field.

      Supt. Marty Kobza, Sheridan County SD #1, WY

    • CLI has been working with our school district for over twenty years assisting us with curriculum development. They are an outstanding organization whose partnership has helped us develop a local curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core Standards and the State of Wyoming Standards.

      Supt. Kirk Hughes, Converse County SD #2, WY

    • Building an aligned K-12 curriculum that supports student learning is an extremely large task, and the CLI framework provides a systematic approach so that districts can succeed.

      Supt. Dustin Hunt, Hot Springs County SD #1, WY

    E-Hints from CLI Professionals

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