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February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
September 13, 2013
Remainders: N.J. newspaper goes to bat for the Common Core
The Star-Ledger Editorial Board: Common Core standards aren’t brainwashing or a federal plot. How many of these UFT chapter leaders say they’re still without curriculum…
September 5, 2013
Many teachers still waiting on textbooks for new city curriculum
Teachers across the city said they still haven't received all of the textbooks and teaching materials for the new city curriculum aligned with Common Core standards. During the two days of professional development this week, some teachers were told to use old books and curricular materials or to find content online until new materials arrive. "Without the curriculum set up, and no professional development for it, I have no idea what I'm walking into," said Ellen Driesen, a teachers union representative for District 20 in Brooklyn. In August, NY1's Lindsey Christ reported that most of the new teaching materials had not arrived at schools and that "several teaching guides are scheduled to arrive after schools should have used them," frustrating teachers' attempts to plan lessons before the start of the year.
April 10, 2013
Our Common Core math discussion, as chronicled on Twitter
"Wish I'd had math teachers like this when I was in high school!" That's what New America NYC tweeted during "Adding It Up," the panel discussion about the Common Core standards in math that GothamSchools hosted Tuesday evening with New America NYC. About 80 people joined us to hear three city math teachers — Joe Negron from KIPP Infinity Middle School, Bushra Makiya from I.S. 303 in the Bronx, and Jose Vilson from I.S. 52 in Washington Heights — talk about the opportunities, challenges, and unanswered questions in their transition to the new Common Core standards. We'll have a complete video of the event and some additional highlights later in the week. For now, we've used Storify to collect the many tweets about the discussion posted before, during, and after the event.
April 8, 2013
Despite city's reassurance, Common Core exams cause concern
In the three years since New York officially adopted the Common Core learning standards, students have tackled tougher assignments, teachers have remade assignments, and schools have rethought when topics should be taught — all in an effort to prepare students to show they have mastered the new standards. Now, the first test of whether the teachers have been successful is here. Next week, students in grades three through eight will take their first set of Common Core-aligned state exams, in English. The following week, they’ll sit for three days of Common Core aligned math tests. The scores will help decide everything from whether the students will be promoted to where they will attend middle or high school. “They’ve been talking about the Common Core for a couple of years now,” said David Baiz, who teaches math at Global Technology Preparatory Middle School. “This year is really the year when we’re staring down the barrel of the gun.”
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