Friday, November 20, 2015

New State Standards Or Just a Rebrand?

As states announce their new education standards, a pattern has begun to emerge. The changes appear to be largely superficial – keeping the standards but giving them new names.

The Common Core State Standards – K-12 educational guidelines developed to better prepare students for college or careers – have come under a political firestorm. Some feel it is the name Common Core and the stigma surrounding it that is the problem. Others, like the American Federation of Teachers, feel it is the way the standards have been implemented and not the standards themselves that are the issue.

Several states are now rebranding the standards in the hopes they will have greater public support. Many educators agree that the Common Core’s focus on critical thinking and analytical skills will help students to be more successful in the global marketplace. By giving the standards a new label, states can keep the rigorous expectations of the Common Core while disassociating themselves from the controversial name.

At Classworks, one of our goals is to provide the standards-based resources you need to build rigorous lesson plans. That’s why we want to hear from you! Has your state adopted or rebranded the Common Core standards? How has this affected your search for classroom resources?

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Announcing NEW Classworks Winter PD in 2016!

You ask. We deliver.

Planning is underway for brand new reading and math train-the-trainer sessions in five cities in 2016! Sessions are designed to give you professional development that is actionable in your classrooms. 

For the past two years, Classworks has delivered Regional Meetings in various cities. Based on your feedback we are trying something a little different in 2016 -- something even better!  

Attend professional development focused on best practices for using Classworks for daily classroom teaching. We will provide two-day sessions in each city. Day one will be dedicated to Integrated Reading and day two will focus on Applied Mathematics -- with a couple of additional topics to be announced. Attendees can register for one or both days. Registration is free to Classworks customers.

Become the Classworks Applied Math and Integrated Reading expert for your school or district! Complete the training and leave an Applied Mathematics and/or Integrated Reading Certified Trainer. 

Lead teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, and administrators should attend.  

Macon, GA | January 25, 26
Northeast Metro, GA | February 4, 5
Shreveport, LA February 8, 9
Columbia, SC | February 22, 23
Birmingham, AL | February 29, March 1