From Sara Wottawa’s Blog: Holy Corruption Batman!
On pg. 48 in the publication Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments: A Workbook for State and District Leaders it states: In essence communications efforts help widen the circles of leadership beyond your department so that the transition to the CCSS has the support it needs. Build a Base of support by establishing the “guiding coalition.” Flagging public support can push implementation off the rails. Pressure to water down student expectations may build, for example, once new assessment results show that students are not as prepared as once believed. Inevitably, state and district leaders need help in keeping rigorous expectations for students at the heart of their agenda. Though the strategic implementation team plays a key role in supporting this agenda, a small group of highly visible and credible leaders are needed to sustain effort in the face of pushback. The role of this “guiding coalition” is to remove bureaucratic barriers to change, exert influence at key moments to support implementation and offer counsel to the strategic implementation team. The guiding coalition might include a head of a university, key businessperson, state legislator, leader of a professional content association, teachers union leader or vocal parent.
This publication was put out by Achieve and The Education Delivery Institute (EDI) Which was founded by Pearson’s Sir Michael Barber and funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation http://www.deliveryinstitute.org/our-history