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Summer And After-school Programs Provide A Jump On Common Core

Middle school English teacher Kellie Madden already has a good grasp of the new Common Core State Standards. In fact, she has been teaching to those standards for the past two years without realizing it.

Madden teaches each summer in a program where students collaborate on projects that require critical thinking, communication skills and the ability to take charge of their own learning – essentially a blueprint for how to apply the new state standards. Adopted by California and 44 other states, the new standards emphasize an in-depth approach to subjects, the development of verbal and analytical skills, teamwork, and student-centered learning focused on real-world examples. Hands-on projects and robust discussions among students replace lecture-style teaching.