Common Core Parent Academy Sees Successful Opening Night

Common Core Parent Academy was created to give parents tips, strategies, and resources that can be used at home to support the work that their children are doing in the classroom.
Common Core Parent Academy was created to give parents tips, strategies, and resources that can be used at home to support the work that their children are doing in the classroom.
Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto speaks with parents prior to the breakout sessions.
Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto speaks with parents prior to the breakout sessions.
Stimson Math teacher Mr. Seth Goldman takes parents through the origins of Common Core in New York via the EngageNY website.
Stimson Math teacher Mr. Seth Goldman takes parents through the origins of Common Core in New York via the EngageNY website.
Silas Wood teacher Mr. Joseph Poller takes parents through the Common Core English session.
Silas Wood teacher Mr. Joseph Poller takes parents through the Common Core English session.
Silas Wood teacher Ms. Hilcia Brandt, working with small groups, explains some of the support materials given to parents.
Silas Wood teacher Ms. Hilcia Brandt, working with small groups, explains some of the support materials given to parents.
Stimson English teachers Mr. Brian Karcz and Ms. Erin Braun take parents through several learning modules that their children are currently using.
Stimson English teachers Mr. Brian Karcz and Ms. Erin Braun take parents through several learning modules that their children are currently using.

Common Core has been taking up headline space for a while now, but until the powers in Albany decide what, if any, changes should be made, as educators they have charged us with implementing this massive overhaul in an unprecedentedly short amount of time.

Issues aside, administrators and teachers in South Huntington listened intently as parents expressed their concerns, and as a result of a collaborative effort, they have developed the Common Core Parent Academy (CCPA).

“Over the past few months, we have heard from individual parents who have asked us for tips, strategies, and resources that can be used at home to support the work that their children are doing in the classroom,” said Dr. Jared Bloom, South Huntington’s supervisor of Assessment & Technology/Office of Curriculum and Instruction. “At the request of Superintendent Bennardo, we developed a series of South Huntington Parent Academies to provide all of our parents with an overview of the material that students are learning, along with websites, strategies, and support material that can be used to provide additional help at home.”

“It is our hope that parents will walk away with strategies that they can use at home to support fluency in reading and math, as well as web resources that they can use to practice particular standards,” said Dr. Bloom. 

This past Tuesday evening at Stimson Middle School, a large gathering of interested parents took part in the first of four Parent Academies. Three more sessions are scheduled.

After a welcome and introduction by Superintendent Bennardo, Dr. Bloom gave parents a brief overview of the Common Core shifts and alignments. Stimson principal Mr. Edwin Smith and Silas Wood principal Mr. Steve Toto then spoke with the parents before the assembly broke into small, dedicated groups in Stimson’s classrooms. “The turnout was great, and the parents were so positive and enthusiastic about having the opportunity to share their concerns and learn about the many support materials available to them,” said Principal Toto. 

Some of the websites that offer support materials, according to Principal Toto, include LearnZillion.com, Xtramath.org, castlelearning.com, and Khan Academy. 

“Our teachers, who provided small group sessions based on grade-level subject matter, are very dedicated and were able to give parents many resources to support the home-school connection,” said Principal Smith. Parents seemed to welcome the support materials and one-on-one assistance in navigating the Common Core curriculum.

Additional CCPA sessions are scheduled as follows:

Grades K-2: January 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Countrywood Primary Center

Grades 3-5: January 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Birchwood Intermediate School

Grade 9: February 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Walt Whitman HS