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Craig Mertler

Common Core, Whole Child, Teacher Leadership, and Action Research: A Perfect Storm?

My sense is that most educators view the Common Core State Standards as another inconvenience, yet another requirement to meet in our classrooms. However, I would argue that the standards present us with an incredibly unique set of opportunities if we choose to embrace them as a collective opportunity. Knowing that we may have to restructure what we do and how we do it, we have the opportunity to truly reexamine our practice and adjust it accordingly to better meet the academic needs of our students. Additionally, and perhaps more crucially, we don't necessarily need to limit our focus on our students' academic needs.

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