Do you still have questions about the new "common core standards" being adopted nationwide and how they'll affect your kids? This week you'll have a chance to voice those questions.
Monday night, and Wednesday night at 6'oclock, there will be an informational meeting held at the KROC center for parents and community members to ask questions about the new program.
Maureen Crickard has a lot of questions about the common core standards that will soon be part of her children's day to day education.
"I'm just curious to know how it will be implemented, what the time frames are, what kind of support is going to be given to the employees," she said.
Assistant Superintendent Trish Viniard says - that's exactly what these forums are all about. Viniard says the common core standards emphasize students studying fewer subjects - but studying them more in depth. All grade levels will also focus on more in depth reading of non-fiction stories, and applying math concepts to every day learning. The common core standards won't take full effect for two more years...but twenty percent of the next Illinois state assessments will be aligned with the standards.
"All school districts are thinking ahead and transitioning, slowly transitioning, because it really doesn't make sense to all of a sudden, overnight, take certain things away from a grade level and add them to another grade level," said Viniard.
Viniard says the forums are set up to help parents help their kids - and she says a major part of that, is just getting them to school.
"Excellent school attendance, so being there every day, on time, and the child being rested," she recommended.
Crickard says she appreciates school officials keeping her informed.
"I like the fact that the parents are having the chance to be educated so we can assist at home."
You can make reservations to go to Wednesday night's meeting at 6 PM at the Kroc center by calling Baldwin school at 223-0003.
Door prizes and goodie bags will be handed out to the first 100 people that walk in the door.
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