Coastal Carolina University’s Spadoni College of Education will host an Educational Forum on The Common Core State Standards: Facts and Myths, April 9th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., in our Wheelwright Auditorium. The audience will be comprised of in-service and pre-service teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and business leaders. The program will provide a medium for presenting and discussing current knowledge, issues, and initiatives relevant to the Common Core State Standards and how these standards may affect curriculum, instruction, and assessment of student learning. The format for the forum will include a brief presentation on how a school district is currently implementing the CCSS, then two 20 minute keynote presentations that will provide the audience with an overview of specific knowledge, research, and policy initiatives relevant to the facts and myths about the Common Core State Standards. Following the keynotes, a discussion panel comprised of the keynote speakers and invited discussants will provide additional perspectives and respond to audience questions.
Below are the bios of our keynote speakers and attached is a more detailed flyer. This flyer identifies some of the key questions/issues that will frame our discussions. Obviously, the topic lends itself to many more issues and these four questions are simply intended to provide a guiding framework. Please register online at http://bit.ly/1cOOAc4 or contact Lynne Brock at 843-349-2629.
Dr. Oran Smith
Dr. Oran Smith is a graduate of Clemson University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and the University of South Carolina, where he received a Masters (MPA) and Doctorate (Ph.D). He is a former member of Gov. Carroll Campbell’s economic development staff and the staff of the Business & Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC). He is currently President & CEO of Palmetto Family Council and Senior Fellow at Palmetto Policy Forum. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Coastal Carolina University where he chairs the Academic Affairs and Assessment Committee. “How Common Core Went Wrong: Bringing Common Sense to Education Standards in South Carolina.”
Dr. Eric Smith
Dr. Eric Smith served as Florida Commissioner of Education from 2007-2011. He began his career in Florida more than 30 years ago as a classroom teacher. His commitment to affecting positive change in education led him to several administrative positions in Florida school districts and eventually to 16 years of serving as a district superintendent in Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland. Smith also served as Senior Vice President for College Readiness of the College Board and was responsible for leading the EXCELerator project. “The Real Story Behind the Common Core State Standards.”