Reading & Literacy

Catching Up With Edweek's Online Chat About Common Core

By Catherine Gewertz — June 18, 2013 1 min read
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Did you miss the live chat about EdWeek’s four-part series on the common core? You can read a transcript of all the questions and answers on our website.

Thanks to all the readers who participated, I had the opportunity to consider and answer some great questions about common-core implementation in English/language arts. They ranged from high-level, national questions about how prepared we are to put the common standards into practice to very specific questions about what I saw while I watched one classroom, in one school district try to make them work.

A lot of the worry and wondering I heard in yesterday’s chat circled around our collective ability and capacity to do this work; and that is exactly what drove me to spend six months in one place, seeing how it played out.

In case you missed the first three installments of our series, here’s a link to where you can find them. “Common Core: A Steep Climb” documents the work of 8th grade teacher Dowan McNair-Lee, her colleagues at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, and the leadership of the District of Columbia school system during the second semester of the 2012-13 school year. The last installment will appear in August.

I welcome you to read the series, and the chat transcript, and share your thoughts in the comments section here, or with me directly, by email, at

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.