This is the first in a series of conversations about how best to meet the needs of K-12 while also meeting the new educational standards in the USA.
Like them, or not, the CCSS are here and so are millions of children who deserve only the very best this year. Throughout these conversations, we'll be talking with educators and authors who have seen many trends in education, have remained passionate about teaching, and have practical wisdom to share with you.The Panel+Michael Fisher
is a former teacher who is now a full-time writer, consultant, and instructional coach. He works with schools around the country, helping to sustain curriculum upgrades, design curriculum, and modernize instruction in immersive technology. He has taught a variety of grade levels and content areas over the years, primarily in Middle Schools. Michael is a member of both the ASCD Faculty and the Curriculum 21 Faculty. He is an active blogger who writes often for the Curriculum 21 Blog (curriculum21.com/blog/
) and ASCD's EDge Social Network (http://edge.ascd.org
). His web site is The Digigogy Collaborative (digigogy.com
) and he can be found on Twitter (@fisher1000). Michael is the author of Digital Learning Strategies: How do I assign and assess 21st Century Work? and the co-author of Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students, both published by ASCD. He is also a contributing author to the Solution Tree series Contemporary Perspectives on Literacy.+Forrest Stone
has degrees from Harvard and Yale. He interviewed Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, and Ross Perot on behalf of Weekly Reader. Forrest has been the Executive Editor-in-Chief of Education World and the Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Reader. He created StoryWorks magazine for Scholastic and taught a screenwriting class at the Yale Summer School for 25 years. He continues to write for Marvel Comics and has consulted to the NEA for many years. Being selected for the Sundance Institute and getting input from Robert Redford amazes him still.+Annabelle Howard
has taught in three countries. She is the co-founder of +BIG FUN Education
a nonprofit, with Forrest, her husband. She has been a freelance education writer for 25 years and had a picture book published by the Smithsonian. Her plays for children have been sold in all 50 states and 10 other countries. NBC did a story about how she adapted these plays for the Common Core State Standards: http://goo.gl/49cJK
. Her Common Core PLAYS are available here: http://www.bigfuneducation.org/log-in/
. She was recently funded by the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation to create a project called MACBETH GOES SOCIAL on Google Plus. Almost 300 students in 6 countries participated.