Local teachers receive Common Core training at TWC Open House

Posted on: April 16, 2013

TWC's Department of Education hosted its monthly Open House on Thursday, April 11, featuring "Transitioning to Common Core Standards."

Tennessee Wesleyan College’s Department of Education hosted its monthly Open House on Thursday, April 11, featuring “Transitioning to Common Core Standards,” a training presentation highlighting the new state standards for Tennessee educators. A group of 49 local teachers partnered with TWC faculty to study and discuss the new state standards for Tennessee educators.

“The Common Core State Standards training was a successful event on multiple levels,” said Dr. Nancy Gregg, TWC assistant professor of education and psychology and coordinator of the Master of Science in Curriculum Leadership program.

“The TWC Education Department faculty were able to provide valuable information regarding this significant change in Tennessee’s educational curriculum. Teachers also had an opportunity to share ideas for implementation of the new standards. We had teachers from seven local school systems in attendance, so there was a wide range of helpful information exchanged. That kind of creative interchange serves to strengthen everyone’s instructional strategies.”

Leading the discussion on Common Core was Randy Puckett, a teacher in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy for William Blount High School. In the afternoon he spoke to a group of TWC pre-service teachers on incorporating Common Core State Standards with STEM, later continuing that discussion with local teachers during their Common Core training.

"We are very excited to have had Randy on our team for this training,” said Dr. Patricia Jones, TWC chair of the department of education and psychology, associate dean for education and behavioral science, and professor of education. “He will be joining the TWC family this fall to teach the Math and Science Methods courses for our elementary teachers and we are lucky to have him."