The Concerned Parents and Educators of the East Bay will be holding a forum on April 29th from 7pm to 9pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center (320 Civic Drive) to discuss the advantages and detriments of the Common Core Standards Initiative, which was originally adopted by 46 States.
The following information (shown below) is from the Concerned Parents and Educators of the East Bay:
Both sides of the arguments for and against the Common Core agree that the standards require extensive curricular and data collection changes to K-12 education, but many parents and even the educators responsible for teaching to the new tests remain in confusion about just what students will experience.
The panel of experts graciously sharing their time and considerable knowledge at the Common Core Forum span the political spectrum ideologically, but are united in their resolve to inform communities about the Common Core and its effects. Together, they will explain what the developers of the standards mean by their often-used terms like “college readiness,” “internationally-competitive,” “student privacy,” “critical thinking,” and “rigor.”
Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high-needs middle school. A National Board-certified teacher, he now leads workshops with teachers on Project Based Learning. He is the co-founder of the Network for Public Education.
Bill Evers is a research fellow at the Hoover Institute and a member of the Institute’s Koret Task Force of K-12 Education, specializing in research concerning education policy, especially as it pertains to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance from kindergarten through high school. Evers was the US Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy from 2007 to 2009. He was a senior adviser to US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings during 2007.
Orlean Koehle, President of the California Eagle Forum, is the author of just-released Common Core, a Trojan Horse for Education Reform, which draws on her extensive experience as a former middle-school educator. She is also the founder of “Californians United Against Common Core.”
Ze’ev Wurman was a U.S. Department of Education official under George W. Bush and is currently an executive with MonolithIC 3D Inc. In 2010, Wurman served on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that evaluated the suitability of Common Core’s standards for California, and is coauthor with Sandra Stotsky of Common Core’s Standards Still Don’t Make the Grade. Dr. Wurman is also featured prominently in Building the Machine, a film about the Common Core released by the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Moderating the discussion is the Pacific Justice Institute.