Teacher Voice

Mr. Clark’s Common Core Assignment

Amidst a barrage of conflicting punditry and contradictory polling data on public perceptions of Common Core State Standards, Kentucky teacher Brad Clark brings some refreshing, first-hand insight to the issue on the Education Week blog. An elementary school English and Social Studies teacher, Mr. Clark asks this question:
Of those 60 percent [of U.S. adults who oppose the Common Core State Standards], how many do you suppose have heard or seen a Common Core success story? In Kentucky, where I teach, Common Core success stories are the norm. I know teachers in dozens of states — and all of them have these stories.
Mr. Clark challenges us to talk to teachers about what’s working and highlight the success stories happening everyday in the classroom. And like any good teacher, he provides constructive feedback on a few ways districts and states can support teachers in implementing the standards.
Ann Whalen
Ann Whalen is senior advisor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Prior to returning to the U.S. Department of Education, she served as the director of policy for Education Post. Whalen has served more than five years in the Obama Administration with the U.S. Department of Education. At the department, Ann was director of the Implementation and Support Unit, providing technical assistance to ...

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