The Thomas B. Fordham Institute hosted a webinar on Common Core and the Curriculum Controversies associated with their adoption. Moderator Mike Petrilli’s first hour was spent with Common Core math author Jason Zimba addressing myths and rumors surrounding the implementation of the CCSS. Some highlights below.
11:07 Jason Zimba reviews the process of creating the standards. This includes the research on which they were based and how they led to the instructional shifts.
17:15 The moderator, Mike Petrilli, asks the question about how to mitigate for the fact that organizations doing workshops and publishing materials might be promoting agendas antithetical to the standards. Zimba answers part of this by directing educators to the Publishers Criteria which Nevada has posted here.
Zimba: “It’s better to cite the standards rather than assail them.”
28:18: Zimba describes those items that might give us pause if materials and practices are described as Common Core aligned. He references several documents at www.achievethecore.org and reminds viewers that the most appropriate lens to evaluate content remains the instructional shifts.
Zimba: It takes time to move the “instructional-industrial complex”
You can find access to the video here.