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Common Core State Standards Accelerates Interest in Online Professional Development

Publication: Education Week
Date: October 25, 2011

Summary: The adoption of common core state standards in most states has increased interest in online professional development to guide teachers through the transition.


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Tanya Baker, the director of national programs for the National Writing Project, the Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization with multiple sites throughout the country that provides resources and professional development to writing teachers, said the writing portion of the standards also represents a shift to a richer and more rigorous understanding of writing.

"Teachers with a significant amount of experience might not have very much experience with the kind of teaching that would lead kids to be successful with these standards," she said.

"My worry about online professional development around common-core standards is that it'll be one-size-fits-all," Ms. Baker said. "Even as we're thinking nationally, we need to be aware locally" of teachers' specific backgrounds and instructional methods.

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