College to host meeting on educational standards

Penn State Harrisburg teacher education programs will host a meeting for school administrators and faculty to examine Common Core States Standards on Tuesday, April 23 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

A system developed to provide consistent and clear guidelines for student learning, the Common Core States Standards use teacher, parent, and community leader suggestions to build on existing state standards. Forty-five states, including Pennsylvania; the District of Columbia; and four U.S. territories have already adopted the standards.

Guest speaker Sandra Alberti, director of partnership initiatives and professional development for Student Achievement Partners, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of the Common Core, will discuss the evolution of current educational standards and provide Common Core resources for local administrators.

“It is important that as our partner school districts implement the Common Core, that we also prepare our education candidates with a deep understanding about the Common Core and how it advances student learning,” said Dr. Paul M. Healey, Penn State Harrisburg assistant to the chair of teacher education. “This session provides both our faculty and partner districts with a shared language and understanding of the Common Core and how we can work together during the implementation phase.”