From the Ground Up

. December 31, 2014.

On all levels of the educational system, Common Core has sparked relentless debate. The Learning First Alliance is dedicated to orienting that debate from the ground up, emphasizing an inclusion of educators, parents and students. A recent podcast featuring Amy Whaley, a Toledo Public School’s teacher, and Kevin Dalton, of the Toledo Federation of Teachers, discussed how Common Core allows for more flexibility in curriculum and in-depth learning on certain 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 discusses how teacher-led work in developing curricula allows for more practical, real world engagement, giving the standards accessibility in different schools.

To listen to the podcast, visit