Forums to explain Common Core teaching practices

A series of community forums explaining the new common core instructional practices to be implemented next year begin today in Atwater and conclude next week in Livingston.

Today’s session from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will be at the Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Road.

Another session will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Merced Senior Community Center, 615 W. 15th St., Merced, and the last one will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct.22 at Livingston High School, 1617 Main St., Livingston.

Tammie Calzadillas, assistant superintendent of educational services with the Merced Union High School District, said the forums are geared for parents and will cover what the common core state standards are, how they apply to students and how schools plan to implement the new system.

Calzadillas said principals have been mentioning the advent of common core at back-to-school nights, and an earlier session at Livingston High School attracted more than 100 parents.

About 100 district teachers have become early adopters of the common core, which must be in use at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Misperceptions and politics surrounding common core exist, and the forums are designed to clarify the new system, Calzadillas said.

“We want to hit the ground running, with no snags,” Calzadillas said.