Freeda Pirillis, a first grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, was a member of the very first VIVA Idea Exchange, Voices from the Classroom. For the last three years, she has been working with the Chicago Teachers Union to develop Common Core curricula. As she describes in this story on Chicago Public Radio, she was
In this TEDxWellsStreetED video, Elizabeth Evans tells how New Voice Strategies uses technology to connect teachers to come up with education policy solutions.
Adam Heenan describes his popular lesson on financial literacy to demonstrate why he’s not a fan of learning standards, including Common Core.
Three VIVA Teachers collaborated to summarize their experiences for the article “Educators Speak Out: Organizations offer teachers new avenues for influencing education policy” that appeared in the July/August edition of Harvard Education Letter.
For Chicago teacher Brian Graves, the past year got off to a dramatic start. Yet, through it all, his students persevered and ended the school year on a high note.
Common Core Standards require all parties to meet college and career ready standards. Unfortunately, according to Freeda Pirillis, the adoption of the rigorous standards hasn’t translated to rigorous teacher professional development or support.