Kingsport schools to participate in Common Core training

Rick Wagner • Jun 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools will participate in the Tennessee Department of Education’s largest teacher training event in the Volunteer State’s history.

About 32,000 educators from across the state will take part in training this summer by 700 coaches to learn how to implement the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms.

Part one kicks off June 18-21 in 17 schools statewide. Math training will take place in June 25-28 and English/ language arts or ELA will be later this summer.

Dobyns-Bennett High School and Greeneville High School will be host sites for math training June 18 – 21, and Greeneville again June 25-28.

D-B will host ELA training from July 16 – 18. Robinson Middle School will be a host site for ELA training from July 9 – 11. Other sites in East Tennessee are at West High School and Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville.

Kingsport City Schools has Common Core Coaches and more than 200 teachers that will participate in training. Any teacher in Tennessee may attended training at one of the 17 schools.

“We are very excited about hosting some of the State Common Core training sessions in Kingsport” Kingsport Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Dory Creech said Friday. “We have 11 teachers from Kingsport City Schools (KCS) that were selected as TNCore Coaches and will be facilitating trainings across the state. Numerous KCS teachers will be participating in this fantastic learning opportunity that will be offered throughout the summer.”

The Common Core Standards are a set of higher expectations in math and English Language Arts that were developed by state leaders nationwide to ensure that every student graduates high school prepared for the future.

These new standards are replacing Tennessee’s old set of expectations for students in math and English language arts.Common Core learning includes more critical thinking and problem solving, while students are learning important concepts in earlier grades and are building on those concepts each year.

In the 2014-15 school year, PARCC or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessments will replace the current TCAP or Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests in math and English language arts.

The PARCC, used by 22 states, will be administered online. Common Core has been adopted by 46 states.Social studies and science will continue to use the TCAP.

For more information on TNCore Coaches visit www.TNCore.org or for information on Common Core State Standards visit www.expectmoretn.org.

The KCS website is www.k12.com.

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