Saturday , 17 February 2018
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Dr. June Atkinson Reacts to Common Core Proposed Legislation

Atkinson“The Common Core standards in English language arts and mathematics are rigorous and aligned with the skills that students need today. That is why the State Board of Education adopted them in the first place. Under these standards, students are expected to learn important mathematics facts and skills and how to apply them to solve problems. They are expected to learn to read, write, speak and listen well and to support their ideas with facts and details. That is why these standards were endorsed by the University of North Carolina system, the Community College system and the North Carolina Chamber.

“Today’s draft bill by the General Assembly’s Common Core study committee would allow for a comprehensive review of academic standards for English language arts and mathematics and maintain the State Board of Education’s Constitutional authority over the Standard Course of Study in our state.

“I believe North Carolina needs to continue its five-year cycle for maintaining standards so that teachers have stability in their lesson planning and classroom operations. The current Standard Course of Study – including the Common Core State Standards – is in its second year of classroom use and supported by the majority of teachers.

“I welcome study and review of the Standard Course of Study. That is how we ensure appropriate, rigorous and competitive learning standards for North Carolina students. The State Board of Education initially adopted the Common Core State Standards to address concerns that our old standards were not rigorous enough to prepare our students to be competitive in college admission and careers.

“I remain concerned about the myths that continue to be perpetuated about the Common Core. Issues that are not even a part of the Common Core are being incorrectly connected to the standards, which are statements of what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. I encourage all North Carolinians to read the standards for themselves.

“North Carolina should act cautiously and carefully before making changes to our Standard Course of Study. The stakes – the competitive future of our young people and our state – are very high.”

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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