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Common Core In Focus At SPS Committee Meeting

Members of the Sudbury Public Schools program heard an update on the Common Core, which calls for increased academic rigor for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Members of the Sudbury Public School Committee heard an update at their Wednesday night meeting at the Senior Center about the Common Core program in Sudbury’s elementary and middle schools. 

“The Common Core is new but a lot of ideas in it are not new at all,” said Jennifer Soalt of the English Language Arts program.

She said the Common Core advocates close reading, argument, intertextuality, challenging texts, writing about reading, balance of literature and informational text and interdisciplinary focus.

“It’s exciting times and scary times,” said Donna Criswell of the ELA program regarding the exploding field of digital writing. She showed examples of modern-age communications in schools, such as online chats, interactive bulletin boards, virtual sticky boards and the like. “This is how students communicate these days. We need to not only be keeping up with them, but helping to train them.”

Alicia Carrillo December 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Watch out! Common Core can easily become a one-size-fits-all education program. Are Sudbury parents (and teachers) ready to embrace that?

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