Teachers are the everyday experts on Common Core. They are the ones charged with translating those higher standards into meaningful, engaging lessons for students, so their voice on this issue is crucial. Unfortunately, these experts are too often left out of the conversation. Their opinions can be dismissed or added only as an afterthought. In a letter to the editor to the Wall Street Journal, Teach Plus' Celine Coggins illuminates
why leaving teacher opinions out of the debate is a problem.
Today’s teachers are the only real experts on Common Core and how it translates in their classrooms. They are the ones best equipped to lead the training of their peers. Teachers also lead the way in testing the new tests to ensure that they provide the best data to help them and their students succeed.
Hanna Frank was Education Post’s Social Media Manager and before that she worked with Organizing For Action, a non-profit organization that advocates for President Barack Obama’s political agenda. She wrote and edited content for the organization’s various social media platforms, including the official Barack Obama Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as BarackObama.com. Hanna attended Illinois ...