Registration: 9:30am - 10:00amProgram: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)…raising rigor or settling for a substandard scheme? Regardless of which side of the ideological spectrum education stakeholders reside, there are few that are without strong opinions about Common Core. The CCSS are expected to take center stage for triggering a potential political firestorm during the upcoming election season. And what about the average citizen who is simply trying to sort through the rhetoric to make sense of the discussions? Is Common Core our best chance at ensuring all students are prepared to leave high school ready for success in the next steps in their lives, or are they at the center of a federal takeover of the minds of our children? Is pushing for the implementation of Common Core arguably the most serious education reform effort in the last 20 years, or is it destined to leave our children exposed to failure and struggling once again to measure up against their international counterparts? Are the debaters merely interested in political control, or are they truly focused on raising expectations and engaging all students in the rich and rigorous content that prepares them for college and careers? The Partnership’s Dr. Dana Rickman, Policy and Research Director, will facilitate a balanced discussion of the issue. Michael Petrilli, Executive Vice President for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute will join the Partnership to provide the national perspective and set the record straight on much of the debate around common core. He has crossed multiple states during state legislative sessions to provide accurate, effective, and eloquent testimony to inform state policymakers. Kicking off a high-powered, panel will be Colonel Patricia Mauldin Ross, UAF, to relate how the CCSS can benefit the military and military families; and Jemelleh Coes, Georgia’s Teacher of the Year, will convey how her educator colleagues are coming to terms with the elevated set of standards and provide their perspective on their biggest concerns about implementation.Plan to be on hand for the November Forum and join in this bold discussion as our presenters help us sift through fact and fiction about Common Core.
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