In this Education Week Teacher piece, Los Angeles Network Member Carl Finer writes about Common Core and why he believes the solve-poverty-first argument disenfranchises teachers.

Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellow Neil Virani shares an inspiring story about one of his students with cerebral palsy and the life-changing impact the iPad had on the student's ability to communicate.

LA Teaching Policy Fellows propose new online voting system for the union. Read about their efforts here.

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The NEA encourages its members to use Assessment Advisor to rate the assessments they’ve used in their classrooms! 4,000 teachers in 40 states have checked out the site so far. Have you?

Read the NEA Today article.

Survey: Today’s teaching force is less experienced, more open to change
By Jackie Mader
Hechinger Report, October 23, 2012

Teacher-Leader Corps Helps Turn Around Schools
By Stephen Sawchuck
Education Week, April 20, 2011

New Teachers are the New Majority 
By Celine Coggins & Heather Peske
Education Week, January 19, 2011

Lesson Plan in Boston Schools: Don’t Go It Alone
By Mike Winerip
New York Times, August 8, 2010


Los Angeles Network

Cutting to the Core: A FREE professional development conference, for teachers, by teachers on: The Common Core

What is Cutting to the Core?

Teachers are eager for meaningful professional development and access to content resources that will ensure effective Common Core implementation. In partnership with school districts, teachers unions, and state departments of education, Teach Plus sites across the U.S. have hosted CCSS Conferences with attendance numbers in the thousands. Demand for high-quality professional development on the Common Core is high, and we plan to host a conference to meet that need in the Central Valley.

Cutting to the Core: Conference Objectives

The CCSS Conference will help to bolster ongoing work to ensure the CCSS are effectively implemented. The Conference objectives include:


  • Highlighting teachers as leaders in the rollout of the Common Core.
  • Providing teachers (including ELL, special ed, and non-tested subjects teachers) with model lessons and instruction strategies aligned to CCSS.
  • Share curricula and best practices with colleagues from different schools.
  • Meet and network with colleagues from across the Central Valley.
  • Participate in sessions focused on topics such as Changes with Common Core in the Secondary Math Classroom, Close Reading & Common Core, Accommodations for ELL and  Special Education Students, and many more!

Cutting to the Core: Conference Details

When:  Friday, July 18th 2014

Where:  Valley Oak Middle School
                2000 Lovers Lane
                Visalia, CA 93292  

The conference will be open to teachers from across the Central Valley at no charge.  The content sessions will be led by teachers.  

Are you a teacher wanting to learn more about the Common Core and other effective implementation strategies for your classroom? Then RSVP now and join us for this upcoming conference by clicking the link below.  Space is very limited so we encourage those who are interested to RSVP early. 

Click here to learn more and RSVP now!

Join us for our C2 Bootcamp before the conference

Want even more opportunities to learn about the Common Core and collaborate with like-minded collegues?  Join us for our Common Core Boot Camp before the conference! 

What is the C2 Bootcamp? 

Join Teach Plus and teachers from across the Central Valley in Core Collaborative (C2) as we collaborate in understanding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Work with fellow teachers during a week-long boot camp to learn and develop strategies for CCSS that most benefit your students

On average, 95% of C2 Bootcamp participants said

they would recommend C2 to their colleagues. 

Boot camp Location and Dates:

Valley Oak Middle School

2000 Lovers Lane

Visalia, CA 93292

July 14th – July 18th (C2 Bootcamp ends with the Cutting to the Core Conference) 2014

Interested? Sign up no later than June 15th at: http://bit.ly/1jW0OMG