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Education officials prepare for the CCSS at annual planning meeting

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012 16:18 PM

Members of North Carolina’s Surry County Board of Education recently gathered for their two annual planning meetings to discuss what progress they have made and what work still needs to be done, the Mount Airy News reported. As participants expected, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were covered in depth.

Patricia Widdowson, Surry County Schools’ assistant superintendent, likened the CCSS to "snorkeling or deep sea diving," which is a fitting comparison, as the Standards will help teachers do more than just skim the surface of subjects like mathematics. For example, the CCSS’ website states that students will gain a conceptual understanding of mathematics, in addition to knowledge of procedural skill.

"We have a lot of work to do to talk with our parents," Widdowson told the news source. "We have to have them along with us in this. We have to support our teachers who are trying so hard to get this right."

With the implementation of the CCSS comes a greater need for Surry County teachers to show students how STEM knowledge and multimedia skills are used outside of the classroom. For instance, something pupils may learn about is how an emergency medical technician relies on math and science skills.