Mar 07, 2012 Jason Emerson Uncategorized
New York state recently adopted the newly-developed “common core” education standards in English and Math, which has prompted a slight shift in the way teachers in the Skaneateles Central School District teach those subjects.
The Skaneateles Board of Education heard an explanation of these changes at a recent meeting from the district’s curriculum coordinators for those two subjects.
“These are instructional shifts, not changes in content,” Patrick Brown, K-5 Language Arts/Social Studies curriculum coordinator, told the board. “This is more about the approach teachers take.”
The content is located in the new Common Core Learning Standards documents that were adopted by the New York State Education Department last year.
In order to effectively implement these new learning standards, the instructional shifts must be fully understood by classroom teachers and district administrators, Brown said.
Brown, along with John Harmon, curriculum coordinator for humanities grades 6 through 12, said the English/Language Arts (ELA) common core shifts for all grades were comprised of six components:
On the mathematics side, curriculum coordinators Stacey Tice, K-5 Math/Science and Margaret Culkowski, 6-12 Math/Science/Technology, laid out six components of the common core shifts:
The Skaneateles district curriculum has been pursuing these teaching practices and standards for a while now, and all four curriculum coordinators made the point that the changes in approach will not affect Skaneateles teachers as much as it may affect other districts.
Superintendent Phil D’Angelo also reiterated the high level of teaching and content already in effect in Skaneateles.
“The recurring theme for all of these you’re hearing is that we’re in a great position for these shifts because out teachers are so well versed in content,” D’Angelo told the school board.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican and Eagle Bulletin newspapers.