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Not freaking out about the Common Core is kind of like carrying a pig. Hi, I’m Dave: husband, dad, full-time teacher, writer, and speaker. Let me show you around.

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The Community

By far the coolest thing about Teaching the Core is the community of people who read, comment, and interact on social media. These are a special breed of educators. They refuse to freak out about edu-change. They don’t have time or energy to expend on Chicken Little antics. They are dedicated to one thing: having on a powerful, positive impact on their students’ lives through the promotion of long-term student flourishing. When a kid leaves their classes and schools, Teaching the Core types want that kid optimally prepared to live a choice-filled life.

The Common Core Literacy Standards

So what, then, does this community have to do with the Common Core? The Common Core allege to aim at one thing: college and career readiness. From K-12, the literacy standards describe a skill progression that results in the kind of robust, authentic literacy that an adaptable, 21st century citizen will need to flourish. And so we have a community of baller educators from every grade level and subject area, every state in the nation (yes, even people from those non-Common Core states — because the Common Core aren’t exactly unique, are they?), all coming together around these shared goals of college and career readiness.

We ask critical questions, like:

  • What do the standards say?
  • Which of the standards matter most?
  • Are these standards worthy of inclusion in our curricula?

It’s also worth noting that this work around the standards led to my first book, A Non-Freaked Out Guide to Teaching the Common Core: Using the 32 Literacy Anchor Standards to Develop College- and Career-Ready Students.

My newsletter

Before I let you go so you can read and prepare for action (again, I’d recommend starting with the best of Teaching the Core), let me invite you to join the movement of teachers who refuse to freak out about the Common Core. I use the newsletter to share my latest writings and offer generous encouragement throughout the year. You can unsubscribe at anytime, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

I just want to finish by saying that I started this blog for you — the educator who wants to maximize every minute with kids. I know how hard you work. I know how passionate you are to see your students flourish, not just in your classroom but for the rest of their days. I do my best to respond to all emails (it’s been getting tougher as the blog grows, but I will always do my best!), and I do not hold myself above anybody. I’m not special — I’m just a dude who, like you, busts his tail to improve his craft for the long-term good of his students. Thanks so much for your support, and if you’ve made it this far, I’d love for you to come say hi to me on the Teaching the Core Facebook Page or Twitter. I look forward to meeting you :) Cheers.