Each month of the 2011-2012 school year at The Learning Center there is one scheduled half day of school. Why? Teacher training!
In June 2010, North Carolina’s State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards with a plan to have these new standards fully implemented for the 2012-2013 school year. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have throughout their K-12 education so that they will graduate high school fully prepared for college and careers. The standards:
• Are aligned with college and work expectations; • Are clear, understandable and consistent; • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills; • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards; • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and • Are evidence- and research-based.
The Learning Center administration and staff take this shift seriously and have spent many hours in training learning, sharing and planning for the change. The monthly scheduled half days add valuable training time and are integral in preparation for a full move to Common Core Standards.