Vital issue: teacher training

The Common Core always seems to be making headlines. But the all-important issue of teacher training in connection with the core too often gets lost. So, it was heartening to see this issue on the cover of the Sunday New York Times magazine. The magazine article is about professional development for educators teaching the new…

Governor puts $$$ behind effort to make Common Core succeed

There’s probably an office in Hartford somewhere where the reports of the state’s countless task forces are gathering dust. Not so with the final report and recommendations—released today—from the Educators’ Common Core Implementation Task Force. “This may be the first state task force to be instantly funded,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who established the…

Time Limitations Challenge Quality CCSS Implementation

Time demands associated with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were front and center among teachers and administrators at today’s meeting of the state’s new CCSS task force. Wallingford K-2 school principal Vicki Reed told her colleagues that her district has made progress in designing its curriculum with the CCSS. “The work…