CEJ Fall Symposium 2013

Common Core

A panel of local educators discussed the implementation of Common Core—the U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula for K-12 instruction into alignment with one another through standards-based education reform—at the Center for Educational Justice (CEJ) Fall Symposium Nov. 14.

CEJ, which is part of the University of Redlands School of Education, hosted the event as part of its commitment to making connections with the K-12 education community regarding Common Core, according to Joe Castino, associate dean of the school.

Panelists included representatives from Competitive Edge Charter Academy in Yucaipa and Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD).

Jeff Litel, Competitive Edge Charter director, said Common Core is “redefining literacy.”

“Students are taught to be critical thinkers,” Litel said. “It is based on collaboration. Students learn to communicate with one another in real world scenarios, in and out of the classroom.

“If a student cannot collaborate, he or she is not literate in the 21st Century.”

Kelly Bruce, CNUSD director for educational services, said Common Core adds more relevance to education. “With the previous California State Standards, we were teaching to the test. Moving forward, we don’t want to look out the old window, we want to look into the future.”

CNUSD representatives emphasized the importance of having a consistent communication when rolling out Common Core in a school district. CNUSD conducts open meetings to educate parents on the changes. CNUSD will continue its transition to the new standards through the current school-year, with complete implementation scheduled for the 2014-2015 year.

Posted: Nov. 18, 2013


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