The Cure for the Common Core
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In the national debate about the merits of the Common Core State Standards, little attention has been paid to what should be taught to meet these standards. The Common Core specifies some critical content, but many decisions are left up to the state and local levels. Join us for a discussion of why teaching content knowledge is important; how to teach it; and the implications for the Common Core State Standards with:
- Dr. Lisa Hansel, Director of Communications, Core Knowledge Foundation
- Dr. Rachel Mazyck (moderator), President, Collegiate Directions
- Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
- Dr. Marcy Stein, Professor of Education, University of Washington Tacoma
When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm (Pre-event reception at 3:30pm.)
Where: Loyola University Maryland, McGuire Hall, Andrew White Student Center, 4501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210.
Limited reserved parking next to the Andrew White Student Center is available on a first come first serve basis. A shuttle service from the unreserved parking lot at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen (5200 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210) will also be available.
Dr. Lisa Hansel is the director of communications for the Core Knowledge Foundation, and she welcomes questions and comments about all aspects of Core Knowledge from educators, parents, the media, and more. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, she was the editor of American Educator, the quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. In that role, she often published articles by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., and Daniel T. Willingham that explained why reading comprehension, critical thinking, and problem solving depend on relevant prior knowledge-and why, as a result, all students need a rigorous, coherent, grade-by-grade curriculum that builds broad knowledge. Lisa has a B.S. in Psychology from Washington and Lee University and an Ed.D. in Education Policy from George Washington University, where she was also an adjunct professor and the writer and editor for the National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform.
Dr. Rachel Mazyck (moderator) is the President of Collegiate Directions and a Baltimore Curriculum Project Board Member. Prior to joining Collegiate Directions, a non-profit organization committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students. Dr. Mazyck spent two years as an assistant to the Chief Academic Officer in the Baltimore City Public Schools. After spending two years with Teach For America as a 4th grade teacher in Indianola, Mississippi, she earned a Master’s in Education Policy from Harvard. She then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a D.Phil. in Education.
Robert Pondiscio is senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a senior advisor to Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of high-performing charter schools based in Harlem, New York. He writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, teaching, and urban education. After twenty years in journalism, including senior positions at TIME and BusinessWeek, Robert became a fifth-grade teacher at a struggling South Bronx public school in 2002. He subsequently served as vice president for the Core Knowledge Foundation. Robert’s articles and op-ed columns on education have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Daily News, Education Next, and many other publications. A frequent speaker and expert guest on education issues, he has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, and elsewhere.
Dr. Marcy Stein is a Professor at UW Tacoma where she is one of the founding faculty members of the Education Program. She has published extensively in the areas of both special education and general education on reading and mathematics instruction, curriculum analysis, and textbook adoption. In 2006, she received the UWT Distinguished Scholarship Award. Dr. Stein has considerable experience consulting with teachers and administrators on improving the performance of students who are at risk for academic failure. She also has consulted with state departments of education throughout the country on how research findings can be used effectively to improve instructional practice, and with schools, districts, and states on the systematic evaluation of reading and mathematics curriculum materials. Dr. Stein formed the first Special Education Advisory Board for the Education Program at UWT comprised of teachers, administrators and parents from the South Sound area.
3:30pm – 4:30pm
|Registration and pre-event reception|
|4:00 pm||Doors Open|
Opening Remarks by Josh Smith (Dean, Loyola School of Education) and
Laura Doherty(President, Baltimore Curriculum Project)
|4:45pm – 5:45pm||
When & Where
Baltimore Curriculum Project
The Baltimore Curriculum Project is a nonprofit organization that transforms underperforming, high-poverty schools into high-performing charter schools.