Finding Common Ground
Journalists gather in Los Angeles to learn about how California districts and other states are beginning to implement the Common Core State Standards, an event co-sponsored by PACE and the Education Writers Association.
Demanding more rigorous and complex learning, the Common Core presents special challenges for English learners, who now experience lots of didactic, simple instruction under current accountability systems.
The L.A. seminar brings together 30 journalists with four district superintendents and other experts who will detail new classroom practices, early efforts to acquaint teachers, and how Common Core may drive comprehensive efforts to improve California's accountability regime.
- María Blanco, Vice President, Civic Engagement, California Community Foundation
- Peter Rivera, Senior Program Officer, Education, California Community Foundation
- Kenji Hakuta, Co-Chair, Understanding Language, Stanford University
- Michael W. Kirst, President, California Board of Education
- Bill Honig, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chair of the Quality Instruction Commission, Marin County
- Katherine Leal Unmuth, Blogger, LatinoEdBeat
- Aida Walqui, Director, Teacher Professional Development Program, WestEd
- Lizzy Hull Barnes, Instructional Reform Facilitator, Glen Park Elementary
- Beth Shuster, Education Editor and Chair, Los Angeles Times
- Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Superintendent, Santa Ana Unified School District
- Jonathan P. Raymond, Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
- Maria Santos, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Leadership, and Equity, Oakland Unified School District
- Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
- Howard Blume, Reporter, Los Angeles Times
- Emily Richmond, Public Editor, Education Writers Association
- Kathryn Baron, Reporter, EdSource Now
Moderated by David N. Plank, Executive Director, PACE