Second-grade teacher Claudine Phillips works with one of her small reading groups at Roscomare Road Elementary in the affluent Bel Air section of Los Angeles.Pat Wingert/The Hechinger Report LOS ANGELES – A half-dozen children are gathered around a table for small-group reading day in Claudine Phillips’ sunny second-grade classroom at Roscomare Road Elementary in the
Pat Wingert, a recent Spencer Fellow at Columbia University Journalism School, has spent most of her career as a reporter at Newsweek magazine, specializing in education, health and investigative stories. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., for Newsweek, Wingert worked for both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Most recently, she has written for Scientific American.
English teacher Lisa Rothbard leads a discussion about how to write a strong thesis statement in her classroom at Skyline High in Oakland.Pat Wingert/The Hechinger Report Making the new national Common Core standards a reality in classrooms is a complicated and expensive business. Unusually for California, the money is there. But the tricky part is
English teacher Lisa Rothbard talks one-on-one to a student. Rothbard is in her second year as a Common Core trainer.Pat Wingert/The Hechinger Report Controversy is dogging the rollout of the rigorous, new national Common Core education standards in many of the 45 states that first embraced the bipartisan proposal. Critics demanding change claim the standards
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