Do you provide youth with hands-on, interactive learning opportunities in your afterschool program? Do you debrief the learning at the end of each lesson? Do you encourage youth to persevere when it comes to challenging homework, learning a new dance, or practicing for a presentation in front of peers? Do you ask questions instead of giving answers? Do you believe that your role is as a facilitator, a guide on the side so to speak, rather than expert or the sage on the stage? Do you believe that youth should master leadership and followership skills, solve problems, and think critically? If the answer to these questions is “yes” (and my guess is that this is the case), then you are well-positioned to embrace the Common Core Standards.
In afterschool learning opportunities are active, relevant, done in partnership with others, open doors that have been otherwise closed to young people, and are rigorous enough to be challenging and yet within the grasp of the learner. If your school district partner has embraced the Common Core, ask if you can be part of the training that they will be offering to school day staff. It is important that you are on the same page. If your school day partner isn’t quite ready to look at Common Core, check out the information you can find at STUDENTSACHIEVE. This website will provide you with information you need to get a baseline understanding of the Common Core. The materials they have are not only informative, they are free. Getting on board with the Common Core is going to be an essential part of your job. C4K is prepared to help as well. Let us know what you need in the way of frontline staff training. We’re there to help.You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org