The Common Core State Standards were formed in a state-led effort to set consistent, rigorous standards across states so that all students have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and careers. While the Common Core started as a local, collaborative effort, the standards have become a hot topic of debate in political circles. Through the politicization of the Common Core, the voices of those tasked with the work of implementing the standards—teachers—have been muffled.
The Center for American Progress will host a conversation about a new report that highlights school districts throughout the country that are empowering teachers to lead the way to successful implementation of the Common Core. The report, “Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success,” demonstrates how teachers are assuming significant leadership roles and engaging in key decisions about how to implement the standards each day—and in doing so, paving the way to a smooth transition to the Common Core. After featured remarks from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, a panel of experts will discuss how teacher leadership can drive Common Core success and how districts and unions can work together to accelerate this approach.
Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
Greg Anrig, Vice President, Policy and Programs, The Century Foundation
Thy Dinh, Teacher Leader, Poway Unified School District, San Diego, CA
Jerry O’Shea, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Marquardt School District 15, Glendale Height, IL
Katy Scherr, Teacher Leader, Washoe County School District, Reno, NV
Catherine Brown, Vice President of Education Policy, Center for American Progress