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CO teachers stand up for students

The Common Core State Standards were under fire this week at the Capitol building in Denver as a proposed bill threatened to delay implementation.

Teachers from the CTQ-CO lab Jessica Cuthbertson, Angela Pera, and Stephanie Rossi spoke at the State Board of Education meeting on Wednesday in support of the standards which are embedded within the Colorado Academic Standards. 

After CTQ-CO teachers Jessica Cuthbertson, Jessica Keigan, Allison Sampish, and Sean Woytek testified before the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, lawmakers killed the bill. 

The CTQ-CO teachers rallied behind the standards because they require students to think critically, collaborate, and apply their learning to real-world scenarios. 

The effort, organized by CTQ Teacher-in-Residence Lori Nazareno, is proof positive that teachers can inform sound policy decisions by drawing on their real-world expertise. 

Cuthbertson took part in a Colorado State of Mind roundtable on the standards which will air tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. MST on Rocky Mountain PBS, statewide. You can view the segment online here (skip to 12:35).

Jessica Cuthbertson gives her version of the week's events on Education Week Teacher and Jessica Keigan shares her personal account of testifying at the capitol on the CTQ blog. 

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