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Arkansas educators help teachers understand the Common Core
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012 14:04 PM

For some teachers, the next few years will bring their fair share of challenges as they work to not only implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but understand them as well. Fortunately, there are educators who are transitioning to their new curricula quite well and are willing to share what has worked for them with their fellow instructors.

This is the case with officials from Arkansas’ Guy-Perkins School District, who have been doing so well with the implementation of the CCSS that they recently led sessions at a Memphis, Tennessee educator’s conference, the Log Cabin Democrat reported. To date, the District has transitioned to the Common Core in kindergarten through the second grade. During the 2012-2013 academic year, grades three through eight will follow suit.

"There is change needed in teaching," Brian Cossey, principal at the Guy-Perkins School, told the news source. "We talked about some of the strategies and methods that should be incorporated for the benefit of today’s students. That includes technology. And it also includes having shifts in lessons, bringing closure at the end of a lesson and using more of a variety of teaching methods."

Once the CCSS are fully implemented, schools across the nation will be able to provide an academic experience that is aligned with college and work expectations, consistent and evidence-based, according to the Common Core’s website.