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06/13/13

CCSSO Releases Innovative New Resource to Improve Teacher Effectiveness

Interactive online guide promotes collaborative professional learning
Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

CCSSO, in collaboration with School Improvement Network, releases today the InTASC LumiBook, a free interactive online guide to understanding and applying the updated InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers.

The LumiBook platform, developed by the School Improvement Network, is a highly interactive, cloud-based e-reading platform that allows readers to collaborate in an online community centered on the text of a book. Embedded within the InTASC LumiBook, the platform provides resources and social media features that enable educators to explore and improve teaching practices aligned to the InTASC standards. Readers of the LumiBook can engage with the author and with other readers by posting comments, sharing files and ideas, and creating online discussions directly in the text of the book. Through the LumiBook platform, users will have access to video examples of classroom teaching and other resources for each InTASC standard, which can help deepen their understanding of the teaching standards and improve their professional practice.

 "We know that effective teachers are critical to ensuring students reach college and careers," said Chris Minnich, CCSSO Executive Director. "The InTASC LumiBook, is an innovative tool to help teachers collaboratively assess and improve their professional practice."

To access the new InTASC LumiBook, please click here (registration required).

To learn more about the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers, please go to www.ccsso.org/intasc or contact Kathleen Paliokas, InTASC Director, at kathleenp@ccsso.org.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.