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Common Core with Common Sense

by Arkansas

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

Let’s get one thing straight. This course is not sanctioned by any department of education, political group, higher education institute, school system or committee.  It is a direct result of conversations among some (not-so) ordinary educators who must make the new Common Core State Standards “happen”  in classrooms everywhere. 

We are not fond of jargon or volumes of rhetoric.  We do love precise, unfiltered information from the key sources.  The purpose of this course is to help each of us build our own understanding about the new standards and the next generation of assessment. (Oh, and we like a good chuckle now and then!)

When traveling in unfamiliar territory, explorers frequently consult their compasses to ensure they have not lost their way or are not headed in a direction away from their destination.   We all know that the value of a compass is that it defines one direction ~ north.  All other directions can be determined and selected or rejected based on this knowledge.  As educators, we need to consult our professional compass.  Rather than showing north, our compass needs to point directly at helping students learn.

We must carry our compass, not in our pocket, but in our hearts and minds!

With that said, we believe this is a journey! This course is only a first step toward understanding and implementing Common Core Standards. Later courses will dive deeper into specific areas, but this one simply strives to lay a solid foundational understanding of the what and why!

Grab yourself a cup of coffee and join us on a journey to transform our public education system... we've got a trail to blaze!

Customer Reviews


What a wonderful resource for educators across the state!!!!


Great job Teresa! Teachers in Arkansas really appreciate what you have done the last couple of years getting us ready for Common Core State Standards.


Great info. Thanks.

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