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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

The Common Core: A challenge, yes. But also an opportunity.

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As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our primary concern is helping ensure equitable opportunity for all students.

Working alongside schools, we’ve learned that great teaching is grounded in standards, data, and insights shared among educators. We believe a blog can help us make a difference by spreading the ideas and effective practices of educators we work with.

We’re proud of the expertise our team has built over our ten years, and we'll be featuring contributions from ANetters across the org on topics in which they’ve immersed themselves.

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The Common Core: A challenge, yes. But also an opportunity.

Jeff Odell

The Common Core arouses anxiety. It’s big; it’s complicated; it’s imperfect; and educators understandably worry about the changes it might require to their practice.

But we see the Common Core transition as an opportunity that we should embrace.

Our white paper offers guidance for transitioning to the Common Core.

Our white paper offers guidance for transitioning to the Common Core.

For teachers, the standards offer clear guidance and resources to make your teaching deep and powerful. They’re designed to help you foster the higher-level cognitive skills your students need to succeed beyond high school.

For schools, CCSS provides tools to plan a coherent continuum of curriculum and instruction across the grades.

And for students across the country we believe that consistent, high standards can help us advance the equity of our society. We want the same high expectations for students and educators in every state. Where you’re born should not limit your opportunities.

ANet has developed expertise around helping schools transition to the Common Core; and we’ve collected some guiding principles, best practices, and stories of schools that are seizing this opportunity in a white paper published in cooperation with the Aspen Institute. Download it here.


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