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
Katie Morosky writes that we need well-designed Common Core curriculum and truly authentic assessment to ensure test scores “reflect what was learned and not how much someone can cheat.”
Adam Heenan describes his popular lesson on financial literacy to demonstrate why he’s not a fan of learning standards, including Common Core.
After meeting some of the architects of Common Core, Wade Sutton has a new appreciation for the standards.
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.
Lesley Hagelgans makes the case for the Michigan legislature to enact a trades-based curriculum along side a college-bound track.