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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Common Core State Standards

March 18, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kellogg Center, MSU

The implementation and assessment of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the classroom is a very hot educational topic across America today. Perhaps the CCSS initiative is the largest change in America’s educational history. Change is always accompanied by a diversity of ideas, beliefs, and philosophies, which eventually converge into political groupings. Political groups can affect the change if they can assume power in some way.

Our session will focus on presenting an array of diversity and stimulating ideas that we have found exist today. We also have gathered a list of resources for your review, some of which are expected reading before the session and others are optional. During the session our goal is to inform you through discussion and videos and then to engage you with a panel of volunteer speakers, who will assist us in a critical dialogue about the Common Core State Standards. The session closing activities will include a sharing of session “take-aways” that will summarize our collective thoughts. We invite you to come prepared with your thoughts and beliefs and be ready to either pose questions or share your “point of view.”


EPFP Learning Team Members:
Todd Drummond, John Brooks, David MacQuarrie, Scott Palmer, and Daryl Tilley

The following panelists have graciously agreed to participate.

Lisa Rivard, Marianne Srock, Kelly Mix

Guest Speaker bios: 

Lisa Rivard, Ph.D.
Language Arts/ School Improvement Consultant
Macomb Intermediate School District

Dr. Lisa Rivard spent fifteen years as a teacher, principal, and coach for Utica Community Schools. She also worked at the central office level as the Director of Elementary Programs. Lisa is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University where she teaches Instructional Technology classes for district and school administrators. Dr. Rivard is currently employed at the Macomb Intermediate School District as a Language Arts Consultant and assists regional schools in developing effective literacy plans.

Marianne Srock
Mathematics Consultant
Macomb Intermediate School District

For the past thirty seven years, Marianne Srock has worked as a mathematics teacher, assistant principal, principal, and mathematics consultant in Macomb County. She is currently implementing the common core state standards and practices in twenty-one districts and approximately three hundred fifty schools. She is a descriptor writer for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and looks forward to a deepening of student understanding in mathematics with the Common Core implementation and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.


Professor Kelly Mix
College of Education
Michigan State University

Dr. Kelly Mix is a professor of educational psychology at MSU. Prior to receiving a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, she was an elementary teacher in northern California with a teaching specialization in science and math. Her research has focused primarily on the emergence of numeracy in early childhood.

Current projects include studies of the relation between spatial ability and mathematics in the early grades, the impact of concrete models on place value acquisition, and teachers' understanding of the Common Core State Standards for Math.


Letter to the 2012-13 cohort in preparation for participating in the session

  • Introduction Activator
  •  Common Core Standards: The Big Picture
  •  Guided Panel Discussion
  •  Closing Activities


Return to 2012-13 Calendar

[Letter to the cohort from the Learning Team:]

Dear Fellows,

We have prepared a list of articles, websites, links, etc., that can support our learning about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) session on Monday, March 18th. We have assembled a description, agenda, and a list of panelist biographies, who will be presenting during our session, and is posted on the EPFP Calendar link. Below is a list of both requested resources and optional resources for your preparation of the upcoming session.

The resources include articles pertaining to both base knowledge as well as those that present a critical point of view of the CCSS. We would like to present some different ways of looking at CCSS. As the time for CCSS implementation draws near, more dissenting voices are inevitably, “coming out of the wood work,” including serious ones like Professor Diane Ravitch. To prepare for the CCSS session we challenge you to ask yourselves, are these simply the usual “sky is falling” narratives that always accompany difficult change? Or, is there merit to some of these criticisms? If so, which ones? How do we know? Some people feel that much of the CCSS discourse has lacked critical analysis of many fundamental assumptions made by CCSS implementers.

We hope to engage you in an active dialogue and debate over the CCSS on Monday. We hope that you will come away with new ways of thinking about the CCSS and what it all means for us as Michigan educators and leaders.

See you Monday,

David, Daryl, John, Scott, & Todd

Requested Reading Resources:

Introduction to the Common Core State Standards; June 2, 2010

Common Core State Standards Initiative - Preparing for 2014: A Fundamental Shift Toward College and Career Readiness as the Focus of K-12 Education

Why I oppose Common Core standards: Ravitch (Diane Ravitch, February 26, 2013)

Why Common Core Standards Will Fail (Jay Mathews and Chester Finn)

  • ·         This provides many links for major works of scholar on CCSS
Optional Reading Resources:

Reference document from CCSSO

MDE Common Core Site,1607,7-140-6530_30334_51042-232021--,00.html

A Teacher’s Critique of the Common Core Standards (Dianerav; December 20, 2012)

  • Argument: CCSS are detailed and complex which increases the work of teacher to a great extent.

Coming to Terms with Common Core Standards (Willona Sloan)

  • A general description of the CCSS, process of implementation from different states. A comparative issues analysis.
  • Argument, “Adoption of common standards "will bring all states' standards down to the lowest common denominator”.

Common Core State Standards – Are Dangerous (Tultican)

A tough critique of Common Core on early childhood education (Valerie Strauss)

Beyond Standardization: State Standards and School Reforms

State English Standards: An Appraisal of

English Language-Arts/Reading Standards in 28 States

Understanding Common Core Standards

Issues in Analyzing Alignment of Language Arts Common Core Standards with State Standards (Richard W. Beach)

State School Boards Raise Questions About Standards (Catherine Gewertz)

The Case for Literature (Nancie Atwell)

Relating Policy to Research and Practice: The Common Core Standards (Randy Bomer and Beth Maloch)

No Child Left Behind embraces 'college and career readiness'

A very good website for finding good stuff…

Subject-Matter Groups Want Voice in Standards: Math, Reading Associations Fear They'll Be Overlooked (Sean Cavanagh)

Opening the Literature Window (Carol Jago)

A diploma worth having

What is the Development of Literacy the Development Of? (Glynda A. Hull, University of California, Berkeley and Elizabeth Birr Moje, University of Michigan)

The Common Core State Standards: Caution and Opportunity for Early Childhood Education

Peering Toward the Horizon:  Reconciling Teacher and Student Perspectives on Studied Literature Texts in Anticipation of Common Core Standards (Kierstin H. Thompson)

A Common Core of a Different Sort: Putting Democracy at the Center of the Curriculum

Framework for English Language Proficiency/ Development Standards Corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

June 2012

The Battle for National History Standards (Annika L. R. Labadie)

National costs of aligning states and localities to the CCSS, (Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research), No. 82, February, 2012.