The Common Core learning standards and other educational reforms continue to be topics for debate in discussion in New York school districts.
The South Orangetown Central School District sponsored a presentation on the topic along with the district's parent teacher associations last week in the South Orangetown Middle School Library. SOCSD Superintendent Ken Mitchell and Assistant Superintdendent for Curriculum and Instruction Brian Culot spoke during the event, focusing on the reasons the Common Core was implemented, concerns and questions about the standards and how South Orangetown is managing it.
"There really is a lot to this. It's not just the Common Core," Mitchell said. "This is about a major reform that is happening in the country and in New York State and New York State, it is occurring at a rate that is rate that is unlike any other state in the country."
District Instructional Technology Coach Marc Eckert spoke about the use of instructional technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts and ELA and Math Instructional Coach Shannon Sorrentino addressed changes in state test questions. There was also a question and answer session, with the entire forum lasting nearly two hours.
The full video is available on the South Orangetown Central School District website here.