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Ohanian Comment: Jeb Bush will be a speaker, as will Dennis Van Roekel, who must be there looking for a seat at the table.

These stories must be popping up around the country. I could not find an agenda for the conference.

The educator quotes are so pathetic I'll just leave them alone.


by Matt Coyne

STAMFORD â This weekend, more than 65 city teachers, principals, administrators and business leaders will make their way to Florida for training in the Common Core State Standards.

The Stamford contingent will join more than 400 other educators in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. for "The Common Core State Standards and Our Commitment to Student Success" conference to compare notes on the standards, thanks to some help from the GE Foundation. National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who now chairs the Foundation for Excellence in Education, will address the conference.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our teachers to learn, grow and collaborate," said Superintendent Winifred Hamilton, who will be attending the event. "Our team members are going to be able to dive into specific content by grade and experience level. For example, they will be able to produce text dependent questions or outline math progressions that are essential parts of teaching to the new Standards."

The Common Core, an initiative adopted by 45 states, is designed to provide a consistent framework in educating children and will be rolled out starting in 2014. Educators across the country have noted the standards signify major changes to the classroom.

"The Common Core is something that's finally going to tie all school districts together," said Westhill High School Principal Camille Figluizzi, who attended a similar conference last year. "It is a huge leap for all schools. I think everybody ha a different timeline. From what I've seen so far, Stamford is where we need to be and a little ahead. It's clearly one of the largest initiatives weâre ever going to see.

"It's a good time to calibrate the work that weâve done so far with other school districts who look like us around the country," she said.

GE sees the new standards as raising the bar for students and allowing them to be competitive in the workforce.

"Good paying jobs are going unfilled because U.S. workers don't have the skills for the positions," said Robert Corcoran, president and chairman of the GE Foundation. "The Common Core are part of the solution and ensuring educators in Stamford know how to implement them is absolutely critical."

Milwaukee teachers going too!

MPS and area business leaders to take part in national education conference

The Business Journal

by Simone Smith
July 12, 2012

Milwaukee Public Schools' Gregory Thornton is one of 40 Milwaukee-area leaders to attend next week's national education conference on the Common Core State Standards Initiative in Florida.

Milwaukee Public Schools' Gregory Thornton is one of 40 Milwaukee-area leaders to attend next week's national education conference on the Common Core State Standards Initiative in Florida.

A team of more than 40 teachers and administrators from the Milwaukee Public Schools along with business leaders will contribute their knowledge and interact with U.S. education leaders at a national conference next week in Florida.

To prepare participants, including MPS superintendent Gregory Thornton, the GE Foundation will cover the cost of 400 U.S. educators at the conference "The Common Core State Standards and Our Commitment to Student Success" in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on July 15-20.

Milwaukee Public Schools, in addition to other districts across the country, has adopted the Common Core State Standards that will be put into practice a year from this September. Wisconsin adopted the standards in 2010. Using the standards for grades K-12, students explore more deeply into critical concepts, relying more on higher-level thinking as opposed to memorization.

"Good paying jobs are going unfilled because U.S. workers donât have the skills for the positions" said Robert Corcoran, vice president, GE corporate citizenship, and president and chair, GE Foundation. "The Common Core are part of the solution and ensuring educators in Milwaukee know how to implement them is absolutely critical."

Milwaukee Public Schools' Thornton sees the adoption as an opportunity also.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our teachers to learn, grow and collaborate. Our team members are going to be able to dive into specific content by grade and experience level," Thornton said. "Our 80,000 students will benefit from the expertise they bring back with them. The Common Core State Standards are critical to preparing our students for college and careers. We're embracing those tough standards and weâre grateful to have a partner in the GE Foundation to ensure that our teachers are exposed to the best possible expertise on putting the standards in place."

— Matt Coyne and Simone Smith
Stamford Times & Milwaukee Business Journal

2012-07-12

http://www.thehour.com/stamford_times/news/stamford

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