Lucia Mar receives $1.7 million to implement Common Core
August 8, 2013
The Lucia mar School District has received approximately $1.7 million in one-time funds to implement new teaching standards called Common Core. [KCOY]
The Common Core State Standards Initiative will align California’s math, science, history and language arts K-12 curricula with those of 44 other states. The standards also call for increased use of technology in the classroom.
California is implementing Common Core in the 2013-2014 school year, which begins next week in some districts. Governor Jerry Brown has allotted $1 billion in one-time funds for school districts to implement the standards. The state will split $800 million evenly among districts and distribute the remaining $200 million based on the number of students in each district who come from low-income families, are in foster care or are English learners.
Lucia Mar will receive $170 per students, which equates to approximately $1.7 million. The district is planning on integrating technology like iPADs into the classroom.
“We need to teach kids how to use technology responsibly and be really good digital citizens and be literate in that area, said New Tech High School social studies teacher Jennifer Isbell. “They can take technology and use that to really better our world.”
Isbel, who has received training on implementing Common Core, said the new standards will allow students to work collaboratively and focus on broad ideas.
“Common Core allows me to focus on kind of that broad thing of how do you deal with conflict resolution and problem solving and leadership issues,” Isbel said.
The social studies teacher said she will not require her students to memorize everything that happened in World War II. Rather, she said she will have them focus on larger issues, “like bullying or bullying prevention that you see in certain aspects in World War II.”