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Parent education session: Common core Q&A. Michael J. Maher, PhD Assistant Dean, College of Education NC State University April 24, 2014. Introduction. Michael Maher Current: Assistant Dean for Professional Education & Accreditation, College of Education, NC State

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parent education session common core q a

Parent education session: Common core Q&A

Michael J. Maher, PhD

Assistant Dean, College of Education

NC State University

April 24, 2014

  • Michael Maher
    • Current:
      • Assistant Dean for Professional Education & Accreditation, College of Education, NC State
      • Oversight of teacher education and other school professionals programs (counseling, social work, school administration, psychology)
      • K-12 & Teacher Education Policy
    • Former:
      • Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
      • High School Science Teacher
    • Family
      • Two daughters enrolled in the Wake County Public Schools
foundational concepts
Foundational Concepts
  • Perception is selective
  • Perception filters through our past experience
  • Perception narrows when we perceive a threat to our sense of self, goals, or safety
  • Problems arise when our perception of a situation is incomplete or distorted
foundational concepts1
Foundational Concepts
  • Perceptions and interpretations occur almost simultaneously
  • Interpretations come from our past relationships, it is the “story” we tell ourselves about what is happening
foundational concepts2
Foundational Concepts
  • Different people tell themselves different stories about the same perception
  • Problems arise when:
    • we assume our story is the only reality
foundational concepts3
Foundational Concepts
  • New goals for education require intellectually demanding experiences that are developmental and continuous as opposed to brief and episodic.
  • What we do in school can essentially be divided into two categories
    • Algorithmic: follow a set of established instructions down a singular path to one conclusion
    • Heuristic: a problem in which one experiments with possibilities to devise a novel solution
  • What is the Common Core?
    • The Common Core is a set of College and Career-Ready standards for grades k-12 in Mathematics & English/Language Arts
    • The standards represent goals for student learning
    • They are NOT a curriculum
    • They DO include both algorithmic and heuristic standards.
  • When were the Common Core standards adopted by NC?
    • The Standards were adopted by NC in 2010
    • Full implementation began in 2012-2013

North Carolina first established a Standard Course of Study (SCOS) in 1898

  • NC SCOS provides every content area with a set of competencies for each grade and high school course
  • The NCSCOS includes the Common Core Standards (Math & ELA) and Essential Standards (all other subjects)
  • Standards are regularly reviewed and updated (approximately every 5 years)
  • Why did NC adopt the Common Core Standards?
    • In 2010, NC was one of 12 states to win a federal Race to the Top grant totaling nearly $400 million.
    • One requirement of the grant competition was that the state utilize College & Career Ready standards.
  • Who was involved in the development of the Common Core Standards?
    • The standards began with the work of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers
    • The standards themselves were developed by teachers, content & pedagogy experts, administrators, parents, and state leaders in work groups and feedback groups.
  • Where else have these standards been implemented
    • Forty-four states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted the Common Core State Standards. 
  • How do these standards impact teachers?
    • Required professional development
    • Increased collaboration
    • Greater flexibility in developing curriculum
    • Easier transition between grades
  • How do these standards impact children?
    • More rigorous
    • Fundamentally shift how we ask them to solve problems
    • Not only allows children (families) to move more easily between districts, but between states
    • Allows parents to make informed decisions about the quality of education since states will use common benchmarks & standards
    • Allows for more accurate international comparisons
  • Should I support the Common Core?
    • That’s entirely up to you.
common beliefs
Common beliefs
  • The Common Core are Federal Standards
  • The Common Core was paid for by large corporations
  • The Common Core will increase testing in North Carolina
  • The is no way to modify/update the standards
  • Contact Information:
    • Email
    • Twitter
      • @mj_maher
    • Facebook
      • Professional Education @ NCSU
    • Website
    • Slides
  • Common Core Website::
  • NPR:
  • Atlantic:
  • Hechinger Report:
  • WUNC:
  • US News & World Report:
  • Edutopia:
  • Education Week:
  • Common Core Hearing: 10:33