USAO hosts core standards workshop for teachers
The Oklahoma Writing Project held a workshop for 79 teachers from more than 25 school districts on June 22 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The workshop, titled Cutting to the Core, featured 14 breakout sessions designed to help primary and secondary school teachers bring their writing curriculum in line with Oklahoma’s Common Core State Standards Initiative.
More than 60 USAO students and faculty were in attendance above and beyond the teachers that traveled to the campus from all over the state.
The event was coordinated by Dr. Priscilla Griffith, director of Oklahoma Writing Project and Audra Plummer, co-director of Inservice for the organization. Dr. Linda McElroy, professor of education, served as USAO’s onsite coordinator.
Phyllis Hartfiel, director of language arts for the state department of education, delivered the main workshop on the Common Core State Standards.
Other workshops, often targeting educators specializing in particular age groups, were presented throughout the day by Oklahoma Writing Project representatives from school systems in Norman, Noble, Moore, Oklahoma City and elsewhere.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a new movement in education that seeks to bring diverging state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform, according to the Common Core website.
Forty-five states have joined the initiative and enacted the new standards through a combination of action from state educational boards and, in some cases, legislation from the state government.
The new standards, seek to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare Oklahoma students for college, the workforce, and responsible citizenship, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s website.
The State Board of Education adopted the standards in June of 2010 and the Governor confirmed that adoption in July 2010. The stated goal of the State Board is that the standards move from adoption to full implementation in the year 2014-15.