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North Carolina teachers get to know the Common Core

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012 16:35 PM

After the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were introduced in 2010, North Carolina was among the first states to adopt them, according to North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction. State educators were eager to embrace the CCSS, as they, and several other representatives from North Carolina, helped with the development of this educational initiative.

Now, with the 2012-2013 school year set to begin, teachers throughout North Carolina are preparing for the beginning of the CCSS implementation process. The Greenville Daily Reflector recently reported that educators in Pitt County have been taking part in a series of training sessions, designed to give them an in-depth look at the Common Core.

Around 700 teachers converged on D.H. Conley High School for this year’s edition of the Curriculum Summer Institute. Among the topics educators have been going over are the development of critical-thinking skills and what grade-level curricula will be like once aligned to the CCSS.

"We spent a lot of time last year [during staff development days] laying the foundation, and they started to delve into what the individual standards are," Tom Feller, Pitt County Schools’ Race to the Top coordinator, told the news source. "So this is [an] opportunity to really explain what it’s going to look like in the classroom."