Monday, April 21, 2014

NEA President: We Need a Course Correction on Common Core

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By Dennis Van Roekel During my 23 years as a high school math teacher, I learned some important lessons.  One of the most important was that effective teaching and learning required me at times to be the teacher and at other times, the student. I listened closely to my students because they were the ones [...]

Educators Being Heard on Common Core Implementation

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By Tim Walker In January, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) rebuked the state’s deeply flawed Common Core implementation by voting to withdraw its support of the standards as implemented. NYSUT’s dramatic decision reverberated across the nation. State officials have been put on notice: Implementation must be done with us, not to us. Without a [...]

Common Core’s Role in Building Global Competencies

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By Edward Graham As schools and districts across the country begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, experts say that a focus on global learning must be a key component in the continued advancement of America’s public schools. “The Common Core is potentially a launching pad for developing global competence, and by the same [...]

The Common Core Doesn’t Cut Literature – It Complements It

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By Cindy Long When it comes to fiction versus nonfiction, the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts isn’t “an either or thing,” says Marfè Ferguson Delano, a nonfiction children’s book writer whose books often connect her young readers to novels on the subjects she writes about. “They’re both page turners.” Delano [...]