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Forum: Ready or Not: Here Comes Common Core

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF NEWS AND INFORMATION
901 S. Bond St., Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231

November 21, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO:                 Education reporters, assignment editors

FROM:           Amy Lunday / 443-287-9960 office / 410-804-2551 cell / acl@jhu.edu 

RE:                 Forum: Ready or Not: Here Comes Common Core

WHEN:          7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3

WHERE:      Hodson Hall Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore    

The Johns Hopkins School of Education will host a panel discussion about Maryland’s new statewide curriculum. The forum, “Ready or Not: Here Comes Common Core,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 in Hodson Hall Auditorium on the university’s Homewood campus.

The Common Core curriculum and a new assessment system linking student performance to teacher evaluations will be the focus of the discussion, moderated by Wes Moore, a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, best-selling author and a Johns Hopkins alumnus. Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery will be the featured speaker, along with panelists Callie Riley, a program specialist with Achieve Inc., a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship; and Dave Volrath, a Maryland State Department of Education staff member who helps to ensure implementation of the state’s Race To The Top projects.

Adopted by 45 states, the Common Core standards are designed to better prepare students for college and careers. “This meeting is a great opportunity for teachers, parents, and community leaders to find out more about this important change coming to our schools,” said David Andrews, dean of the School of Education. This is the fifth forum in the school’s Shaping the Future series, which examines critical issues in education. Space is limited and a RVSP is required at http://education.jhu.edu/shaping_future

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