Now that the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English/language arts have been adopted in most of the United States, schools and educators must determine how to shape these changes in a positive way. What modifications to the curriculum will be needed, and what help do teachers need in adjusting their instruction? How will schools assess whether students are achieving standards, and what support will they give students who struggle to meet those standards? What does implementation of the standards mean for English language learners and students with special needs? What unintended consequences might arise from adopting standards? How will the move toward Common Core State Standards affect instruction in subjects that do not currently have standards? How do other countries with or without common standards ensure that students have a challenging curriculum?
ASCD Express is looking for short, 600–1,000-word essays on the theme “Common Core: Now What?” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send us your submissions to email@example.com by October 8, 2012.