Common Core: A Work In Progress

Facilitator Katie Kolacki gives teachers pointers on how to incorporate the Common Core in their reading/English language arts classes during a training session in Rockville.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

After a year of teaching to the controversial Common Core standards, administrators and educators are still working out the kinks in the more rigorous standards for math and English Language Arts. Some scholars and educators praise the Common Core, while others are not sure if they are on board with the required changes.

Over the next few months, WYPR’s Gwendolyn Glenn will explore the experiences of a variety of players affected by the standards and look at continuing training for teachers who are on the front lines of this education transformation in the series “Common Core: A Work in Progress.”

Blending The Arts And Common Core

Dec 19, 2014
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Earlier this year, 20 Maryland teachers were paired with professional musicians, singers and other artists to develop week-long lessons connecting the arts with the Common Core standards.

The artists went through Common Core training, the teachers learned how to blend the arts into their instruction and the lessons the teams created together went live in some Maryland classrooms this week.

Aligning Teacher Training With The Common Core

Nov 4, 2014
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The Common Core standards for math and English Language Arts have led to major changes in how elementary and secondary students are being taught. But some education experts worry that teacher training has not kept up with the changes.

Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, an education think tank that focuses on teacher preparation and effectiveness, says college education departments are not in step with the major changes the Common Core requires of teachers. “Higher education is traditionally slow at adopting changes that are happening at the K-12 level,” she said at an Education Writers Association conference in Detroit last month. “We're seeing little evidence of the Common Core being taught on campuses up until a year ago. That may be shifting, but what has happened at the K-12 level often doesn't manifest itself in the teacher training that's going on in those schools.”

Meshing Common Core And Arts Standards

Sep 11, 2014
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Textbooks Out of Synch with Common Core

Aug 29, 2014
Cory Turner/NPR

School districts nationwide are struggling to find textbooks that are aligned with the rigorous Common Core standards for math and English Language Arts. Some critics say that’s because the controversial standards have outpaced resources.

According to a recent study by the Education Week Research Center, fewer than one-third of teachers nationwide say their textbooks are aligned with the Common Core standards. But Richard Weisenhoff, Baltimore County's executive director of academics, says publishers tell a different story.

A Year Later, Teachers Still Learning Common Core

Aug 14, 2014
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A year after the Common Core education standards were rolled out, supporters and detractors continue to debate their value. For teachers, however, the more rigorous curriculum is a reality they have to accept.

Common Core: A Work In Progress

Aug 11, 2014
Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

With one year under their belts, Maryland teachers are still learning how to apply the more rigorous Common Core State Standards in their classrooms.