Covering Common Core: Telling Classroom Stories

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December 10, 2014 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Covering Common Core: Telling Classroom Stories
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the McCormick Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
December 10, 2014
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Trying to make sense of your state’s academic standards and the growing backlash against Common Core can be overwhelming. But teachers across the country are implementing Common Core curricula, students are immersed in it, and readers are trying to figure out what's happening and what information they can trust. To help your audience understand Common Core and how it affects their communities, you have to know the facts.

In this Webinar, you will learn why states adopted one set of expectations for schools and how to use the history of Common Core to inform your reporting now. You’ll be able to craft a reporting plan that captures both the political controversy and the practical concerns about classroom implementation of the Common Core.

What Will I Learn:
  • Where to find the best Common Core sources
  • What questions get teachers talking about academic standards
  • How to pitch education policy stories to your editor
  • What pitfalls to avoid when reporting on the Common Core
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters who want to dig deeper into Common Core than statehouse politics. Editors who want to better understand why academic standards are getting so much time and attention.

Course Instructor:

Elle Moxley

Elle Moxley reports for KCUR public radio in Kansas City, Mo., but she earned her Common Core cred covering Indiana education policy for NPR’s StateImpact project. As an education reporter in the first state to drop the Common Core, she had to figure out how to make academic standards easy for audiences to digest. Her work on Common Core earned an Edward R. Murrow award in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

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