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North Carolina teachers participate in Common Core training sessions

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 15:34 PM

A group of 24 teachers from North Carolina’s Cherokee Elementary School are among the latest educators to seek training related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), The Cherokee One Feather reported.

The educators gathered at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching to participate in two CCSS-themed seminars on the implementation of the new Standards. Through this professional development opportunity, the instructors learned about hands-on activities they could bring back to Cherokee and use to become more effective teachers.

Once individual states have fully implemented the CCSS, many students will be required to perform at higher levels than they are used to. For instance, elementary math students will not only be expected to acquire procedural skills, but an understanding of mathematical concepts as well, according to the Common Core’s website.

"The activities we learned throughout the seminar were exploratory and demanded critical thinking skills," Maura Colvin, a fifth-grade music education teacher at Cherokee, told the news outlet. "We developed activities that require students to think in higher level ways. Each grade level within the Common Core builds on top of the other, and necessitates a grasp of knowledge."