Although he doesn’t know it, Robert Pondiscio has been a huge part of Washoe’s efforts to implement the Common Core. As part of the district’s professional development launch on August 8th, Pondiscio, via Youtube content, made the case for why we should be developing a coherent body of knowledge with our students. Over 1000 of our classrooms peers have watched the video that can be accessed here and here.
Pondiscio has started a new effort titled, “Challenge 2026” with the following stated goal: By our nation’s 250th birthday all high-school graduates should be able to pass the U.S. Citizenship Test. There is a video describing the challenge and a website with commentary and resources at http://citizenshipfirst.us/.