Howard PTA Council reschedules Common Core forum

The Common Core State Standards Initiative forum held by the PTA Council of Howard County and the Howard County Education Association has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Reservoir High School in Fulton.

The forum, originally set for December, had been canceled because of inclement weather.

Most of the original panelists are still expected to attend, said PTA Council President Christina Delmont-Small. The group is still waiting on confirmation from Maryland State Superintendent Lillian Lowery and a representative from the Howard County Public School System. Lowery was originally scheduled to attend the canceled forum; the local district was going to send executive director for school improvement and administration Clarissa Evans.

The PTA Council is also awaiting confirmation from National Policy Director at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Michael Brickman.

Other panelists include Professor of Education Emerita at the University of Arkansas and member of the Common Core Validation Committee Sandra Stotsky; co-founder and administrator for United Opt Out Morna McDermott McNulty; professor of mathematics at Johns Hopkins University and a professor in the School of Education and member of the PARCC Content Technical Working Group for Mathematics W. Stephen Wilson; and assistant professor of education administration at Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services, department of education management, policy and leadership and the co-author of “The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myths and Lies” Christopher Tienken.

Additionally, four Common Core information sessions will be held starting this month, hosted by the Howard County Public School System.

The sessions are open to the public and will cover the math and English/language arts curriculum and alignment to the Common Core.

The sessions are Jan. 14 at Wilde Lake High School; Jan. 16 at Howard High School; Jan. 21 at Oakland Mills High School; and Feb. 6 at Glenelg High School. All sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m.

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