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Parents of school-age children who want to know more about the new Common Core Learning Standards and the educational practices that will change as a result of it should attend one of two information sessions being sponsored by Southern Westchester BOCES and a number of regional school districts.
The free hour-long meetings, to be held Dec. 10 and Jan. 15, 2013, will focus on the role of parents in supporting the implementation of the Common Core and Essential Standards Curriculum, a national initiative that has been implemented by 45 states and three U.S. territories.
Parents will learn about the six shifts in instruction that many schools are reviewing to support the expectations being set for learning in two distinct areas, English Language Arts and math.
Those expectations include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills, aligning the curriculum with college and work expectations, providing clear, understandable and consistent instruction, as well as encouraging a deep understanding of the materials being learned.
Sheila Bertoni and Peggy Golden, both from the SWBOCES Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support, will lead the information sessions.
The Dec. 10th session will be held in the Alexander Hamilton High School auditorium in Elmsford, from 7-8 p.m., with a snow date of Dec. 18. The Jan. 15th session will be held in the Osborn Elementary School auditorium in Rye, also from 7-8 p.m, with a snow date of Jan. 16. For further information, contact Pat Porto at 914-345-8500, ext. 120.