The Alliance for Excellent Education
Presents a Project 24 Webinar
Common Core State Standards and Digital Learning
Lisa Andrejko, Superintendent, Quakertown Community School District (PA)
Gerald Aungst, Supervisor of Gifted Education, School District of Cheltenham Township, (Elkins Park, PA)
Sandy Hayes, English Teacher, Becker Public Schools (MN);
President, National Council of Teachers of English
Elizabeth Schneider, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Alliance for Excellent Education
The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar that addressed the ways in which digital learning and college- and career-ready standards are mutually supportive. Both the wave of new digital tools and strategies and the implementation of new, higher standards provide school districts with a precious opportunity to transform teaching and learning.
No fewer than four major forces are shaping the future of education: (1) new, higher college- and career-ready standards; (2) emerging digital tools and technologies; (3) constrained budgets; and (4) shifting demands on the teaching profession. The first two are deeply aligned, and the panelists in this webinar will reveal lessons learned and their hopes for the future.
During the webinar, members of the Project 24 team of experts shared their experiences implementing the Common Core State Standards into technology-rich learning environments. Lisa Andrejko spoke from multiple years of experience implementing standards-based education efforts alongside blended learning initiatives and shared some of her lessons learned, while Gerald Aungst shared how his district is making the most of the opportunity to deeply re-examine fundamental questions about teaching and learning. Sandy Hayes shared her experience from the classroom and how she and other dedicated educators are working to make higher standards a reality through improving teacher practice.
The panel discussed the types of digital tools that have been helpful in their efforts, how they have seen teaching and learning change, and the importance of effective external communications about new standards.
- Presentation - Lisa Andrejko (PDF)
- Presentation - Gerald Aungst (PDF)
- Presentation - Sandy Hayes (PDF)
- Presentation - Elizabeth Schneider (PDF)
- Panelist Gerald Aungst mentioned the use of digital curriculum mapping tools. We received many questions asking for the names of the tools. Gerald mentions Atlas, JumpRope, Curriculum Connector, and Curriculum Partner. (inclusion of names and links does not constitute an endorsement from Gerald or the Alliance.)