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Teacher training improves classrooms

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Nearly 20 Moore County school system teachers joined over 13,000 teachers from across the state in Tennessee’s Common Core training, which kicked off on Tuesday. They engaged in sessions on math curriculum standards to be implemented in grades 3-8 during the 2012-13 school year.

Led by more than 200 fellow Tennessee teachers selected earlier this year to serve as Common Core Coaches, these interactive training sessions begin the largest department teacher-training program in state history. Conducted over a three-week period at schools across the state, this Common Core training blends a peer-led approach with expertise from nationally recognized, data-driven researchers to help raise standards and improve learning in Tennessee classrooms.

Tennessee is among 46 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a set of criteria in math and English-Language Arts that establish clear expectations for students and align with necessary knowledge for college and careers.

The state is conducting peer-led training to ensure math teachers in grades 3-8 understand the expectations these standards bring to their classrooms. Tennessee will apply the Common Core Standards for math in 2012-13 and for English-Language Arts in 2013-14. Students will take new assessments reflecting the Common Core standards in both subjects in 2014-15.

Attending from Moore County were Sharon Thomas, Ashley Cook, Stacy Kennamer, Linda Bryant, Melissa Eslick, Marcy McKenzie Thrower, Pat Petty, Angie Kennemer, Ashley Works, Jacqueline Cates, Sarah Sanders, Karen Neal, Michelle Winn, Daniel Zarzutski, Kim Harvey, Buddy Smith, Tanya Vann and Danny Mooney.

The Moore County group attended the session held at Shelbyville Central High School.