Better for kids. Better for us
Workforce experts know that the best jobs of tomorrow will require
workers who can solve problems, work in teams and make sense of
complex situations. Common Core State Standards work backwards,
grade-by-grade, from what modern careers and colleges expect, so
students graduate ready to take up their roles in our economy.
A practical solution for today's mobile
We standardize some common and important things to make life, and
travel, easier. For example, electricity outlets are the same shape
and size across the country, no matter where you go. A set of
common learning goals will help children who move into and out of
Florida - such as military families - be successful in school.
Common Core State Standards will make our state more
military-friendly and more attractive to out-of-state businesses
A state-led initiative with common sense
Common Core State Standards were extensively researched and
created by educators in an initiative led by state governors, not
federal authorities, to agree on a short list of up-to-date
More freedom for teachers, more critical thinking for
Educators like Common Core State Standards because they emphasize
critical thinking skills, not rote memorization. Focusing on skills
that can be learned in many different ways but don't dictate
curriculum or instructional materials, Common Core State Standards
give teachers more freedom in the classroom.
Florida adopted Common Core State Standards in 2010 because there
is broad agreement that they are a clear but flexible way to focus
on what really matters. In fact, Florida was a leader in making the
case that our students would be at a disadvantage without these
new, higher standards. Now, some lawmakers in Tallahassee are
suddenly thinking about pulling out of the standards. Make
sure they know that educators, citizens, businesses and parents
support Common Core State Standards!
Go on the Florida
Department of Education website to review the standards and make
your comments. Either let them know that you support
the standards as adopted, or talk about a specific standard. Need
some ideas? Let us know and
we can make suggestions.
Then, write an e-mail to Gov. Scott, your state representative,
senator and the Florida Department of Education.
We make it easy - start here!
>> Talk to other people about the importance of
Common Core State Standards.
information in a PDF flyer and send it to your
friends. Join us
on Facebook to spread the word online.
>> Learn about our community meetings about the
Common Core State Standards
On October 17, Community Mobilization Director, Maira
Martelo along with local Duval County public school
teachers took a trip to Tallahassee. There they attended
the Florida Department of Education hearing on the
Approximately 150 people participated in the community meetings
on Common Core State Standards held October 21 and 28. We had great
presentations by teachers Robyn White and Blair Nolan, who
clearly explained how the Common Core State Standards are being
used by teachers in classrooms throughout Duval County and the
state. Get the entire recap
>> Check out the resources below to find a wealth
of resources where you can learn about Common Core State
Florida Chamber of Commerce -
Frequently Misunderstood Questions about Florida's
Duval County Council of
PTAs - iAdvocate for Kids
Common Core State
Edutopia - A comprehensive list of resources for understanding
Common Core State Standards
Get to the Core - An interactive
tool that shows what Common Core State Standards will mean for your
child, grade by grade
State Impact Florida - A comprehensive guide to the background of
Common Core State Standards, why they are being implemented, and
constantly updated news about what's happening with them in
the Core - Interactive resources for educators and parents.
PTA - Parents' Guide to Student Success