August 2016

Washington Post Ariel Maloney, an English teacher in Massachusetts, says education issues provide an opportunity to bridge political differences. Educators have worked tirelessly to begin teaching literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and analysis aligned to rigorous learning goals. That’s created an “integral framework by which teachers can...

Huffington Post Lauren Fine, an educator in Denver, Colorado, writes that seeing her students develop strong reading, writing, and analytical skills through her state’s implementation of high standards inspired her to urge policymakers to keep the bar high. To fellow teachers Fine says, “There is no...

Republican American Many parents are unfamiliar with changes to math instruction as schools implement rigorous education standards, and there are many conflicting opinions about the brand Common Core, writes second-grade teacher Erin Birden. But regardless of one’s opinion of the label, “the standards drive instruction for...

Las Vegas Review Journal Standardized assessments are not a perfect measure of student development, but they provide important signs about how well children are progressing academically, writes Esther Cepeda, a teacher and Washington Post columnist. Overwhelmingly, parents support high-quality assessments. Seventy percent of families oppose opting...

Chicago Tribune As states implement college- and career-ready education standards, math instruction can look a lot different than methods parents grew up under. Common Core puts a greater focus on “understanding a concept completely,” says Amy Kinder, a math specialist. “That’s very foreign to how people...

The Collaborative for Student Success Math homework these days can be confusing for many parents who grew up under old models of instruction, which in turn has spawned some wild accusations. But, in fact, methods introduced to students weren’t created by the Common Core, and they...

The Hour The Common Core has shifted math instruction away from solely focusing on memorization to a focus on “helping students understand not only how to get an answer, but more importantly, why a certain algorithm or method works,” the article reports. “Children have a natural...

All across the country, eager teachers (like me) are continuously looking for creative ways to teach math. We explore new tools and resources on an ongoing basis to craft powerful lessons that help students meet the high expectations of the Common Core State Standards. But...