From the Ground Up

On all levels of the educational system, Common Core has sparked relentless debate. While all levels of education are impacted by the standard, the Learning First Alliance is dedicated to orienting that debate from the ground up, emphasizing an inclusion of educators, parents, and students to the debate. A recent podcast featured Amy Whaley, a Toledo Public School's teacher, and Kevin Dalton of the Toledo Federation of Teachers. The two discuss how Common Core allows for more flexibility in curriculum and allows for more depth when learning subjects. Whaley talks about her perspective as a teacher and how the classroom results shift focus away from pencil and paper assignments to group activities and projects that encourage collaboration and creativity. Dalton also discusses how teacher led work in developing curricula allows for more practical, real world engagement, giving the standards accessibility in different schools.

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