K-12 Education

6:53am

Mon June 9, 2014
NPR Ed

Tough Week For The Common Core

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:16 am

A few months ago, when I told friends and media colleagues that I was interested in the Common Core State Standards, the most common response was "What's that?"

Now, it seems, everyone has an opinion about the Core.

And right now, opinions about the K-12 learning goals for math and English that have spread nearly nationwide are trending toward the heated.

While the school year is winding down, education policy sure isn't. This past week brought a bunch of front-page news on the Common Core.

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8:03am

Thu June 5, 2014
NPR Ed

A Diverse #SummerReading List For Kids

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 6:16 pm

Ruby in Ruby's Wish is a determined protagonist any boy or girl can learn from.
Courtesy of Lara Starr

In children's books, it can be easier to find talking pandas than characters of color.

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7:03am

Thu June 5, 2014
NPR Ed

The Birds And The Bees ... And iPads

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:03 am

"The talk." The facts of life. The birds and the bees. Whatever you call it, do you remember when and how you first learned about human sexuality? For me, it was a series of conversations in school and with my parents that began in third grade with the classic picture book Where Did I Come From?.

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6:03am

Wed June 4, 2014
NPR Ed

What Does A Good Common Core Lesson Look Like?

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:32 am

As we're detailing this week, teachers and school leaders have a lot of work to do to adopt curricula aligned with the new Common Core State Standards.

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2:08pm

Tue June 3, 2014
NPR Ed

Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 7:29 am

Teachers in East Lansing, Mich., used the walls of a classroom to map out the Core standards and how they correspond with the current East Lansing curriculum.
Cory Turner NPR

This time next year, millions of schoolkids in the U.S. will sit down for their first Common Core test. In some places, the stakes will be high — for kids, their teachers and their communities. The goal of the Core benchmarks in reading and math is to better prepare students for college, career and the global economy. But the challenges are huge.

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