Second session on Common Core set for Thursday


Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:36 p.m.

Last Thursday, parents and students were invited to Showers of Blessing Harvest Center in southeast Gainesville to learn about the new Common Core standards but only a handful of parents showed up.

“I was very disappointed,” said Natalie King, director of educational programs at Showers of Blessings.

Common Core Family Night was intended to provide parents and students with important information and engage them in activities to help them become familiar with the recently implemented Common Core standards.

While last Thursday’s sparsely attended meeting focused on the language arts curriculum, a second session set for Thursday will be geared toward mathematics.

King said the sessions, which are free and open to the public, are part of an effort to get parents to be more proactive rather than reactive.

Thursday’s program, like last week’s, will begin with an introduction of Common Core followed by group sessions based on grade levels. It is being presented by the University of Florida Student Alliance of Graduates in Education.

“They’ll learn strategies as well as ways that they can assist their children with homework,” said King. “Basically things that can help them to study.”

Mandated by the state, Common Core establishes a unified set of standards for kindergarten through 12th grade. The standards dictate the English and math skills that students must meet grade by grade.

“It’s not just based on real memorization,” said King. “They’re not just asking them ‘just kinda tell me what happened,’ now the children are expected to infer a few things.”

The schedule for Thursday’s event at Showers of Blessings, 2615 SE 15th St., will include:

-- 6-6:20 p.m.: Overview of the Common Core Standards for parents and supervised homework time or activities for students.

-- 6:25-7 p.m.: Breakout sessions for parents and students to engage in activities focused on showing parents how they can help their students at home.

-- 7-7:30 p.m.: Question-and-answer session, snacks.

King emphasized that the event is for students as much as for parents.

“This is not an event where parents come and leave their children at home. We are encouraging them to bring their children,” she said.

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