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For some Ohio teachers, summer is a time to learn

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 17:27 PM

This summer, while students from Ohio’s Hilliard City School District barbecue with their friends and lay on the beach, class is in session for many of their teachers, ThisWeek Community News reported.

These educators are attending the District’s summer academy to prepare for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which, according to the Ohio Department of Education website, will be fully implemented across the state during the 2013-2014 academic year.

To ensure instructors are prepared to teach CCSS-aligned lessons, District educators are taking classes that will conclude on June 27, the news source stated. Then, from July 30 through August 3, these same teachers will participate in the Innovative Learning Environments Conference.

Ultimately, the purpose of all this professional development is to familiarize educators with the best practices for teaching subjects like language arts and mathematics.

"There is so much coming at us, so many changes in the educational landscape," Linda Romano, the District’s director of professional development, told the news outlet. "We try to provide teacher training right here in the District so teachers do not have to travel to get instruction based on all the changes."