Thursday, January 19, 2012

Online Common Core PD Offered by ASCD

The ASCD Thursday announced it will be offering seven online professional development courses geared around helping educators support the implementation of common core standards in mathematics and literacy.

Three courses from the ASCD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum development) will focus on implementing the mathematics standards—one for grades K-5, one for 6-8, and one for 9-12—and the other four will address strategies for incorporating literacy standards across science, social studies, English/language arts, and mathematics disciplines, according to a press release.

Some online education advocates have hoped the adoption of common standards would lead to more opportunities for online learning because of the more uniform course requirements in the all but four states that have adopted the standards.

The organization has offered an array of online professional development for more than 15 years, according to the release. The ASCD in May of 2010 became an endorsing partner of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.


Friday, January 6, 2012

The Lobato Case- Colorado

For more than two decades, Colorado’s school finance system has fallen increasingly behind the investment levels of other states, behind the level of funding necessary to maintain district services from year to year and behind the level necessary to ensure that all children meet state and federal standards and receive a quality education. At a time when the state has the fastest-growing child poverty rate in the country, Colorado children have paid the price.  Read more...