Learning while doing? A Common Core crash course

At a recent meeting of the Govenor's Common Core Task Force

At a recent meeting of the Govenor’s Common Core Task Force

HARTFORD – The state’s Common Core curriculum standards, in place for more than a year and tested on a trial basis this spring, will be the subject of an intensive professional learning session from April 25-27.

 Assembling what they are calling a “dream team” of 97 teachers from 86 schools across the state, the state Department of Education will learn things at this TeachFest they will presumable share with others at a larger event in late July.

Local teachers participating include Christopher Affie and Steven Giofriddo of Ansonia, Michelle Bartlett of Shelton, Ryan Howard of Bridgeport and Monica Lloyd of Stamford,

The Common Core has been the subject of intense debate among teachers, lawmakers and parents. Based on a set of standards approved by the state Board of Education in 2014, the Common Core teaches math and science in a different order an intensity than in the past. Republican lawmakers have called for a moratorium on the new standards. In response, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy established a 25-member task force to try and improve what many consider a botched roll-out.

Members of the “dream team” represent a wide spectrum of different grade levels, with 60 specializing in English language arts and 37 in mathematics.

Next week’s “TeachFest” will be facilitated by LearnZillion, s provider of digital curriculum and professional development for the Common Core.

 A complete list of teachers named to the Connecticut Dream Team may be found here.

Linda Lambeck