Crown Point Central School was selected to make a presentation to John King Jr. state education commissioner, during his recent tour of the North Country. From left are Crown Point Superintendent Shari Brannock, teacher Lisa Harrington, teacher Jaci Pockett, King and teacher Tara Spaulding.
Crown Point Central School is a leader in meeting New York State’s new educational requirements.
That’s why the school was selected to make a presentation to John King Jr., state education commissioner, during his recent tour of the North Country.
Teri Calabrese Gray, assistant superintendent at Champlain Valley Educational Services in Plattsburgh, asked Crown Point and Northern Adirondack Central School to explain their efforts to meet new state guidelines. The presentation was made in Plattsburgh.
“She (Calabrese Gray) mentioned that she knew that Crown Point had been working on the new New York State Common Core Learning Standards and Race to the Top Initiatives for the past two years and thought that we would be a great example to highlight our progress,” Shari Brannock, Crown Point superintendent, explained.
Common Core Learning Standards define what students are expected to learn so that teachers and parents can better prepare them for college or the workforce. The state adopted the Common Core in 2011. As a result, public school districts are changing what they teach and how they teach to align curriculum the standards.
“In light of all the changes in education these days, we were delighted to share how our implementation is going,” Brannock said. “We highlighted, with a ‘can do’ attitude, that what you think you can’t do does not really matter.
“During our presentation, the commissioner nodded in agreement to our transition story,” she continued. “Crown Point is using the instructional shifts in the new standards to help us go from good to great.”
Crown Point teachers Jaci Pockett, Lisa Harrington and Tara Spaulding gave the presentation.
“Our intro, using John Mayer’s song ‘Waiting on the World to Change,’ and statement that Crown Point Central School did not wait, we met the challenge, was very well received,” Brannock said.
As an example of Common Core implementation, the Crown Point teachers discussed a third grade project, “Animals in the Adirondacks.”
“This unit was an exemplar using the new standards, non-fiction resources and also showed the benefits of cross curricular work the students did in reading, writing, science, social studies, music and art,” Brannock said. “The audience enjoyed viewing actual reports done by our students as well. Crown Point Central School is very proud to have had the opportunity to showcase our school.”
King then discussed Common Core issues with the Crown Point contingent.
“He asked questions of our teachers that showed he was interested and excited to hear about our programs,” Brannock said. “After our presentation, we were complimented by many in attendance and even told that ‘we nailed it.’ We are very proud to have been part of the commissioner’s visit to the North Country!”
While touring the area, King also visited Schroon Lake Central School, stopping in classrooms and observing lessons being taught.