Sheena Hervey Testifies in Front of the New York State Senate on Common Core and Professional Development

Sheena Hervey Testifies in Front of the New York State Senate on Common Core and Professional Development

Sheena Hervey Testifies in Front of the New York State Senate on Common Core and Professional Development

By: Stephanie Guerami

November 20, 2013

Addressing the challenges and opportunities to best prepare our students to be college and career ready requires broadening our views of student achievement. This goes hand-in-hand with dispelling the myths and having a clear understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which increase the rigor of our current curriculum, significantly raising the expectations for our students.

Sheena Hervey, Generation Ready’s Chief Academic Officer, addressed the substantial need for more teacher and leader professional development around the Common Core at the November 13th New York State Senate hearing. Hervey discussed the pertinent need to value the professionalism of our teachers and acknowledge the importance of their ongoing professional growth. We know effective teachers pave the way for capable and successful students. Hervey stated, “We know that teachers make a difference in their students’ learning when they understand that their students have differing learning needs, strengths, interests, and have high expectations for them as learners…if we want to dramatically change the trajectory for many of our students, we need highly skilled teachers and leaders.

New York continues to pave the way in making the changes necessary to improve the educational outcomes for their students. Providing the ongoing professional development our teachers deserve is an important, but oftentimes, overlooked issue that needs to be invested in and addressed.

 

Read the full testimony here.



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