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Conference to help education officials prepare for the Common Core

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 16:21 PM

From February 16-18, officials from 40 schools across the country will converge on the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, California, to learn about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at the Middle College National Consortium’s (MCNC) Winter Principals’ Leadership Conference.

This event, which is now in its 20th year, will bring together representatives from high schools and colleges, including principals and teachers, for discussions on the CCSS and other important education topics. The theme for the conference will be "Using the Common Core State Standards to Improve College Readiness."

Cecilia L. Cunningham, executive director and founder of the MCNC, said that while the CCSS are designed to improve learning, many schools are struggling with the implementation process.

"At our conference we will show how the Common Core State Standards support the college ready work that many schools are already doing," Cunningham added.

According to the CCSS’ website, the Common Core were developed to ensure that students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they will require for success, whether they continue on to a higher education setting or begin their careers. This is made possible by the fact that the Standards are aligned with college and work expectations.