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Leveraging Connected Educators to Implement the Common Core


As 46 states and the District of Columbia are working to implement new English language arts/literacy and math standards, the opportunity these new standards present for classroom teachers can fundamentally reshape instruction and enhance student learning, ensuring that more students are prepared for college, career, and citizenship.

This webex, cohosted by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the Alliance for Excellent Education for Connected Educator Month, will feature two teacher leaders who are instructional leads in their schools and districts in implementing the Common Core: Darren Burris, a mathematics teacher and instructional coach at Boston Collegiate Charter School, and Heather McGovern, a special education teacher for grades K-3 and the Response to Intervention lead at Middletown Elementary School in Kentucky. Darren and Heather will discuss strategies for teaching the Common Core and highlight helpful resources to facilitate classroom instruction and professional learning. Principals and teachers who participate in this online discussion will be able to take practical strategies for implementation back to their classrooms, schools, and districts. Dr. Monica Almond, a policy associate at the Alliance for Excellent Education, and Efrain Mercado, project director for the Common Core State Standards at NASBE, will moderate the discussion.

Audio from the webex is available at

Connected Educator Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is a month-long series of events that are designed to help educators leverage online communities of practice to connect around improving teacher and leader effectiveness and enhancing student learning. Through more efficient and coordinated online participation, educators are better able to share practices, access experts, and solve problems that require systemic solutions in order to improve the opportunity to learn. To learn more visit

The National Association of State Boards of Education is the only national organization giving voice and adding value to the nation’s State Boards of Education. A non-profit organization founded in 1958, NASBE works to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, and assure continued citizen support for public education.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. The Alliance focuses on America’s six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.

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