4. Common Core

The Common Core State Standards are a series of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) that represent goals for what students should learn after each year. While some believe these internationally benchmarked standards make it easier for states to compare standardized testing, others say that such testing does not provide an accurate evaluation of student achievement.

Currently, it appears the tide is turning against the Common Core. T. Rees Shapiro in The Washington Post writes that new research reveals a decline in American support for the common standards. “‘It’s pretty apparent that the Common Core has become a polarizing term,’ said Terry Holliday, the education commissioner of Kentucky.”

Follow the conversation on Twitter here.

5. Professional Development / Social Media

Educators and administrators are constantly looking for new opportunities to hone their skills. Social media is a powerful medium for educators not only to connect with each other, but to use in the classroom to provide students with a more interactive and engaging learning experience.

Scott Rocco, Ed.D., a superintendent in New Jersey and adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey, shares several leadership trends and how social media technology has changed learning.

Watch this full video here.

See what other leaders are talking about with professional development and social media here.

Michael Sharnoff is Associate Online Editor at eSchool News. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_eSM.

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