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Common Core Seminar

The Common Core Seminar is free on the 18th of January, however, should we fail the lesson could be very, very expensive. A great effort was produced to release the facts regarding common core. We have arranged a great group of great well prepared speakers well versed in CCSS common core. The visitors invited include everyone, taxpayers, parents, administrators and politicians and town boards that will assist in making decisions about common core. We are the funders of this program and they are our children stop in and listen to the facts. We must do what is best to educate the youth in our country or pay a high price for failing.
Audrey Kelly January 03, 2014 at 09:23 AM
What is "the common core seminar"?
Don Ordway January 03, 2014 at 02:14 PM
I urge all citizens interested in learning more about these relatively new teaching standards to attend this important seminar. Common Core believes that one system fits all. The information being promoted will frighten some and enlighten others. In a way it's about providing the capability to move from one school to another worldwide. It is far deeper than that so listen to experts trained in the field. We are attempting to fill the holes by using the same experts. It is about pointing students in a direction that may differ from what the parents have in mind. This is a very complicated issue and impossible to break down in one or two paragraphs. The fact that you are asking questions reveals your desire to make sure your son or daughter is receiving the proper directions that will guide him or her through life. (K-12) If you care about the countries direction I urge you to attend this important event. This is not a game, it's a way of life for the following generations.
Audrey Kelly January 03, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Ahh, it is what I thought. Not a believer in one size fits all, it never does. Is this a curriculum Tewksbury is looking at implementing? How do the teachers in Tewksbury feel about this? I'll be at the meeting.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 04, 2014 at 08:25 AM
I think the Town Of Tewksbury ought to concentrate on how to keep students in school. Things appear to have improved but there is alot of catching up to the success of other schools in massachusetts that succeed in graduating a full class. Tewksbury Memorial High School has in this past decade had one of the highest drop out rates in the state. Our Tewksbury teachers tried their best to be trusted educators and mentors for students but their hands were too often tied by an administration abusing their authority given to them by ed reform. Three cheers to our Shawsheen Tech and private schools that did not chime into what Tewksbury middle and high schools did to desert their own students. We can debate all the good ideas and maybe even move forward to use them.BUT remember we did this with mcas. although we had success from students and teachers as well as support they needed from administration This quality move did not help our High School to keep kids in school. I can appreciate all efforts to have the best forms of education however hands on attention to no more dropouts should be a priority. The brand new building at Tewksbury High should not disguise the school depts' recent history of a failing grade to graduate their students.
Don Ordway January 04, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Donna, your points are well taken. The school system suffers from a variety of problems that we must face simultaneously. It is normal to have problems as we attempt to improve, however, the problems will grow when they are allowed to fester. We spend a great deal of money hiring the right people and I believe we have done a good job hiring these problem solvers. There are times when they need our support and criticism at the same time. We cannot continue to throw money at every problem hoping some of it will stick. We are a small town and cannot afford to be wrong too often. Common Core is definitely at the top of many list needing a shake-out. I consider myself fortunate to be able to attack the problems one at a time. We now have the luxury of bringing common core to light so that others can help to provide solutions. I believe that we have key people in charge and it should be everyone's goal to work with those people that may have better solutions for this problem. Thanks for checking in, your inputs are priceless and thanks for caring.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 04, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Don Thankyou for understanding that there are concerns worth stating.Do you work for the Tewksbury School Dept? in the case you do, please know if it were not for Tewksburys' own professionals..our teachers and guidance depts doing their best working under bad authority..as some Principals abused the round table and other codes of discipline as well as hardly ever properly excluding students we perhaps would have not been able to keep Tewksbury a proud town. Afterall, I can still say.. I'm from Tewksbury couldnt be prouder and if you can't hear me I'll yell a little louder! PS please send me any info you can share to better inform me about Common Core, missdonna3@gmail.com
Donna Marie Robitaille January 04, 2014 at 10:55 AM
oopps Don My Email is missdonnamarie3@gmail.com Also if any fellow patcher would like to contact me directly please do.
Audrey Kelly January 04, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Missing the time of this event. Could you re-post please.
Robert L Homeyer January 04, 2014 at 04:07 PM
http://tewksbury.patch.com/groups/events/p/trtc-presents--common-core-forum
J. S. January 07, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Sadly common core will still underserve the needs of the advanced students.
Don Ordway January 09, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Hi J.S., This is one of the questions that NEEDS to be asked. Our seminar hopes to simplify while being thorough about many of the thoughts, and concerns with Common Core. It is now time for the facts to surface. Attend our seminar at the Tewksbury Country Club, on Saturday Jan. 18th at 1880 Main street, the time is 12:30 for a 1:00 pm ON TIME takeoff. IT's COMPLETELY FREE WITH the exception of A CASH Bar. This is a great opportunity for anyone that would like to pave a road for our children to get a fair chance in life. Education leads to fairness in most cases. The absence of an education doubles the odds against you. DO NOT MISS THIS FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY BENEFITTING OUR YOUNGER LEADERS. YOU CAN HELP THEM BY YOUR ACTIONS ON THE 18TH OF JAN.
J. S. January 09, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Sadly, the Republican party does not serve the needs of anyone. I appreciate you putting this on but I fear it will be a one-sided argument.
Don Ordway January 09, 2014 at 10:36 AM
J. S, we are aware of that concern, however, if it happens it will be dealt with in a proper manner. Most of the questions will come from the guest and they will be warned about the political issues. If this turns into politics we will all be the losers. I can't imagine that happening and will do my best to stop it before it begins. Hopefully we will be dealing with adults. If something offends you it will be dealt with. I understand your concerns and agree with you. Inform a member of the executive Committee if you have any problems or questions regarding this matter.
Tewksbury2001 January 09, 2014 at 10:42 AM
J.S.- The republican party serves people that are not looking for a handout.
Don Ordway January 09, 2014 at 11:01 AM
J. S, please don't drag me into your nightmare. This meeting is about educating the people of this great town and country. We need a serious discussion about America's future not its past.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 09, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Don I think it is important to reflect on the past. America's future in education should survive our past. Especially, if there are students,parents,teachers and administrators willing to discuss our mistakes and shoutout our triumphs. No matter what, this country should take a good hard look at Massachusetts and understand that success in education for the United States would be to follow the lead of our great state. Any forum arranged to bring forth positive change is appreciated,however those with different views than what we know to work best should keep an open mind about trying to agree with all it took to achieve educational success for the Commonwealth. We may not be perfect and getting where we are has not been without mistakes,yet we certainly can say..Our students have scored the best throughout the entire country. A sure fact that can not be ignored.
Who Me? January 09, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Donna, Where should US kids rank compared to the rest of the world? http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/03/21733705-us-teens-lag-in-global-education-rankings-as-asian-countries-rise-to-the-top?lite
Donna Marie Robitaille January 09, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Dear Who Me? I am not sure what your asking me..but I do know that the most important reasons we here in Massachusetts made serious changes to achieve high standard testing and the demand of the students academic success, was because the United States students tested far lower than many countries. It seems only fitting to continue to keep up all the good work to insure our students can excel in order to compete with students from ..China ,Russia, and the too many other countries scoring better than the U.S.A.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 09, 2014 at 04:35 PM
And I do not know how to access the info you highlighted. If u can email to me at ..missdonnamarie3@gmail.com I will read it.
Bob Rauseo January 10, 2014 at 09:31 AM
This meeting is being presented as a seminar, an informational forum, a discussion, an exchange of ideas. However, there are only two featured speakers and they are both strong critics of Common Core. Something seems amiss.
Robert L Homeyer January 10, 2014 at 09:59 AM
Bob - Believe me we tried to get other speakers. Ruth Chou made an exhausting effort. I would be more than happy to get you a list of all the people we invited to speak on behalf of common core. No one would come. We began contacting people in early November. This will be a forum. Presenters will speak (we have 2 key speakers and a few others) and then people can ask questions. I expect the exchange to be lively. Personally I am looking forward to hearing the discussions.
J. S. January 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM
I believe the 2 speakers are both critics of common core. Hardly an informative seminar. I agree with Bob. This meeting clearly has an agenda. I am not a fan of Common Core, but I always want to be educated not preached to.
Robert L Homeyer January 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM
JS - This is not designed to preach to anyone. It is a forum. We held forum for the Senate & town of Tewksbury candidates a while back. I believe it was well received. If you have common core opinions or questions please attend and ask away. I expect to learn something.
Anna January 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM
For those of you looking for more information about the Common Core State Standards and how Massachusetts is implementing them in our districts, please refer to this website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/commoncore/

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