In April 2014, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) and the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) in collaboration with five other leading education organizations* launched an exploratory study, From Good to Great: Exemplary Teachers Share Perspectives on Increasing Teacher Effectiveness Across the Career Continuum.  The study consisted of a survey of National and State Teachers of the Year from the mid-1970’s to 2013.  The report asked what professional experiences and supports that these teachers believe most contributed to their growth and exce

We have all heard the Core bashing.  Statements like the Common Core will “undermine student individuality, teacher autonomy, and mark a dangerous takeover of local control.”  Unlike a majority of the core-bashing voices, I am a classroom teacher with actual experience teaching with Common Core, and I beg to differ.

Celebrating Student Individuality

My View from the Core

Although I have seen many changes happen over my 20 years as a classroom teacher, Common Core is the most seismic shift I have seen to date. As a middle school literacy teacher in Conway, Arkansas, I taught using Common Core standards this year for the first time. This blog is my view from the core, and hopefully it will help make your transition to teaching with common core standards much easier.

How is teaching literacy different under the Common Core?