Teacher Voice

Teachers: How Do You Prepare Your Students’ Families for Common Core?

We know parents look to their children’s teachers first and foremost to give them the scoop on school changes. So we wanted to ask teachers: How are you preparing your students’ families for Common Core? Especially all those new math strategies that are getting so much attention in the media? Recently we read about teachers in Rochester, New York, who are offering elementary parents crash courses in Common Core math—an effort aimed at easing frustration with the unfamiliar lessons and demystifying the "new math" strategies so parents can feel prepared to help and support their children with math at home. So it made us wonder: How are other teachers out there explaining Common Core math to their parents? Are parents open to the new approach? Or just flummoxed by the word problems and Ten Frames? Does your school offer special workshops...homework tips...a list of helpful videos? Please tell us in the comments below or send me an email at tdellangela@educationpost.org. We want to hear from you!
Tracy Dell’Angela
Tracy Dell’Angela is a writer, education nonprofit executive director and a mom passionate about education improvements. Previously, Tracy was Director of Outreach and Communications for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She came to IES from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, which produces research that ...

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