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Video: Watch The StateImpact Common Core Panel Discussion At WFYI

Video by WFYI

StateImpact hosted a panel discussion about the Common Core State Standards in Indianapolis on Friday, April 5, 2013.

If you weren’t able to attend our Common Core panel discussion in Indianapolis on Friday, you can now watch our conversation online.

We spoke with Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Education and Workforce Development Derek Redelman and Purposeful Curriculum Planning teacher trainer Lisa Froderman about the new academic standards adopted in whole or part by 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Special thanks to WFYI for hosting, our panelists for participating and our audience for attending.

We had far more questions about the Common Core than we could take during the hourlong discussion, so we’re adding them to our file of Core Questions.

If you have questions about how the new standards will impact Indiana schools, let the education reporters find an answer. Send us an email, reach out to us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook and let us know what questions you have about the Common Core.

We use these questions to structure our reporting about the new standards, like the story on math instruction you saw last week.


  • inteach

    Not one teacher in my building was ever asked to give any input into the common core.

    In fact, I’m not aware of any teacher in my district who was asked to give input.

    We are trying to figure out how to drive the truck without consulting the driver.

  • Karynb9

    I’m not trying to be “snarky,” but I’m just wondering what qualifications Derek Redelman possesses to make him an expert on curriculum and academic standards. I understand that he’s involved on the “business” side of things and in presenting information on the skills that employers want future employees to be learning in Indiana schools…but does he have any classroom experience himself? I’m fine with him saying that kids should graduate from high school being able to do X, Y, and Z, but should he (and the businesses that he represents) get to advise schools on exactly how they go about moving students from preschool to that specific level of knowledge?

    I’m not sure why we think it’s “normal” for the lobbyist group of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to have a seat at all of these discussions, but Republicans all over the state would go ballistic if we were to ask the President of ISTA to give opinions on things like this.

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