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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

introduction
Introduction
  • 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
slide7
What?
  • 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.
slide8
When?
  • When were the Common Core standards adopted by NC?
    • The Standards were adopted by NC in 2010
    • Full implementation began in 2012-2013
slide9
When?

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)
slide10
WHy?
  • 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.
slide11
Who?
  • 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
Where?
  • 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. 
slide13
How?
  • How do these standards impact teachers?
    • Required professional development
    • Increased collaboration
    • Greater flexibility in developing curriculum
    • Easier transition between grades
slide14
How?
  • 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
slide15
How?
  • 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
questions
Questions?
  • Contact Information:
    • Email
      • mjmaher@ncsu.edu
    • Twitter
      • @mj_maher
    • Facebook
      • Professional Education @ NCSU
    • Website
      • http://mjmaher.weebly.com/
    • Slides
      • http://www.slideshare.net/mjmaher
resources
Resources
  • Common Core Website:: http://www.corestandards.org/
  • NPR:http://www.npr.org/2014/03/18/291166780/q-a-a-crash-course-on-common-core?ft=1&f=1013
  • Atlantic:http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/confusing-math-homework-don-t-blame-the-common-core/360064/
  • Hechinger Report:http://hechingerreport.org/content/first-grade-teacher-dives-into-common-core-with-cautious-optimism_13033/
  • http://hechingerreport.org/content/parents-return-to-school-to-help-children-with-common-core-inspired-homework_13873/
  • http://hechingerreport.org/content/just-facts-please-common-core-transforms-schools-teach-writing_15452/
resources1
Resources
  • WUNC:http://wunc.org/post/fact-check-clearing-7-common-core-claims
  • US News & World Report:http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/a-guide-to-common-core/articles/2014/03/04/common-core-myths-and-facts
  • http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/a-guide-to-common-core/articles/2014/04/17/common-core-honoring-the-societal-contract-of-success-through-education
  • Edutopia:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/common-core-critical-thinking-aesop-vincent-mastro
  • Education Week:http://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/common-core-in-action-report-2014/index.html
  • Common Core Hearing:http://youtu.be/CpBjioT7Z1Y 10:33