NYSED-Sponsored Effort Ongoing Through 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21, 2013)—Common Core has just completed the third in a series of mathematics training events on behalf of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) designed to help educators statewide implement the Common Core Learning Standards.
Attended by more than 300 math educators, superintendents, BOCES personnel, and others charged with teaching to the new standards, the Network Team Institutes are train-the-trainer sessions that provide attendees with what they need to pass along the training in their home districts. “NY has shown an extraordinary level of commitment to supporting teachers as they prepare to help their students meet the rigors of the new mathematics standards. Common Core is proud to be NYSED’s partner in this work,” said Lynne Munson, Common Core president and executive director.
The focus of the training Common Core has provided is on the Instructional Shifts in the new standards and on how to best utilize A Story of Units, a comprehensive pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade mathematics curriculum Common Core is developing. Created by Common Core under contracts with NYSED, A Story of Units is a carefully sequenced, detailed curriculum intended to help teachers meet the world-class standards the CCLS represent. Common Core also has a contract with NYSED to develop mathematics curriculum for grades 6-8 and 9-12.
The design for the curricula is based on work pioneered by Louisiana State University mathematician Scott Baldridge, who holds that mathematics is most effectively taught as a logical, engaging story. “I have a much deeper understanding of how to implement the Common Core State Standards,” remarked one teacher during the latest Network Team Institute. “The curriculum map of math modules is wonderful!”
NYSED and Common Core anticipate that development of the entire curriculum will be completed by the end of the calendar year and that modules will be available well in advance of when teachers will need them in the fall. The next installment of the capacity-building Network Team Institutes will be in May.
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February 20 • In this Education Week webinar Lynne Munson talks about how the arts can play a powerful role in CCSS implementation. To register for the archived webinar, sign in here. Or view Lynne’s PowerPoint where she unveils high school-level TDQs comparing two works of art.
February 11 • This morning on Rick Hess’s Straight Up blog is a “thoughtful conversation” he had with Student Achievement Partners Founding Member Jason Zimba on CCSS, math in particular. Lynne Munson commented on the interview, and her views also can be read in today’s Common Core blog
December 17 • Check out Education Week’s article “Arts Education Seen as Common-Core Partner.” Education Week
July 18 • Common Core has announced that the New York State Department of Education has awarded the organization a third contract to develop 6th-12th grade mathematics curriculum and corresponding professional development aligned to New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). News release.
May 7 • Common Core receives glowing reviews for professional development offered in Beaufort County, NC. Read the full story in the Washington Daily News.
April 25 • Common Core’s Lynne Munson comments on the pressures of high stakes testing and the effect it can have on student learning in Roberta Munoz’s article “Make it of Break it: High Stakes Testing Pros and Cons” on Education.com
April 4 • Common Core has announced that the New York State Department of Education has awarded it two contracts to develop
Pre-Kindergarten-5th grade mathematics curriculum aligned to NY State’s Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). News release.
April 3 • Common Core Creating Math Maps for New York State. News release.
March 27 • Common Core has announced that it is developing a series of CCSS-aligned K-8 curriculum maps in history and geography. News release.
March 21 • Check out Education Week’s coverage of Common Core’s “Truant From Schools: History, Science, and Art” event!
March 15 • Common Core releases data showing curriculum narrowing affecting all students.
March 9 • Common Core celebrates Virginia’s decision to abandon SB185, a bill that would have eliminated state mandated science and social studies testing for third graders. You can read more about this issue, and Common Core’s advocacy work, in this recent blog entry.
December 8 • Check out Education Week’s coverage of Common Core’s recent national survey of school teachers.