The VIVA Project – Providing Teachers a Voice

In a first of its kind online collaboration in Arizona, nearly 200 charter teachers across the state spent four weeks exchanging ideas about what teachers and schools need to ensure a successful transition to the Common Core State Standards, the new mandated standards all public schools — district and charter — must meet beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

In collaboration with the Association and New Voice Strategies’ VIVA Teachers Project, a group of seven teachers from the initial phase of project worked to summarize and synthesize the ideas, and developed a report with 36 specific action steps for Arizona to use when implementing the Common Core State Standards.

In order to ensure a successful transition to new, more rigorous K-12 curriculum standards, the teachers found that Arizona must provide additional training and tools to educators, launch a public awareness campaign about the new student achievement standards, and ease the transition to new tests.

The teachers presented their recommendations to Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal and Arizona State Board of Education President Jaime Molera on June 13, and changes are already happening.

The Arizona Department of Education is updating their Common Core webpage, making easier for school leaders, teachers, students, parents and the community to find information they need about the new standards.

We are also presenting the report to the Arizona Ready Education Council on July 17 to spotlight the needs of teachers as Arizona transitions to Common Core.

Our teachers want to see their students succeed, and this report provides policy makers an in-depth look at what all public schools need to make the transition to the new standards successful.

Read the report here and find out more about the project here.

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