Here are sample posts and tweets you can personalize and share:
Sample messages for Facebook and Twitter
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Today, I’m sharing why I support #CommonCore, use #SupportTheCore to share your story, I’ll RT as many as I can.
As a teacher, I #SupportTheCore because _______
Through #CommonCore, my students have ________ (ex. grown in their critical thinking skills, gotten ready for college and career, etc.) #SupportTheCore
#CommonCore makes a difference in my classroom by ______ (ex. raising the bar, encouraging critical thinking, helping my students focus on skills they need most)
#CommonCore is not a curriculum, but sets the bar for my students to think critically & deeply. #SupportTheCore
I #SupportTheCore because it gives a clear, high bar that’s a first step in helping students succeed. @Ed4Excellence
As a teacher, I #SupportTheCore because _______
Today, I’m sharing why I support the Common Core. Through the standards, my students have ________ (ex. grown in their critical thinking skills, gotten ready for college and career, etc.) Use #SupportTheCore to share your story today.
Today, I’m using #SupportTheCore to share why I support the Common Core. Check out http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core to learn more and see why.
Regardless of how involved you choose to be, we encourage all E4E members, team members and partner organizations to share the following resources:
- “A Path Forward”: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/a-path-forward In "A Path Forward: Recommendations from the classroom for effectively implementing the Common Core," the E4E-New York Teacher Action Team on the Common Core State Standards offers 12 recommendations to help policymakers give educators the support and tools they need to effectively implement the standards in New York. Many of their recommendations can easily be cross-applied to other states and districts.
- E4E Common Core page: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core Our Common Core resource hub is a one-stop shop for teachers, policymakers, and education supporters alike to learn about the standards and how they were created, get an overview of key terms used in the conversation about the standards, and access resources.
- Rumor or Reality: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/Rumor-Or-Reality Take this quick quiz, which is part of the E4E Common Core hub, to see which often-repeated lines about the Common Core are fact or fiction.
- “Standing on Common Ground”: http://www.educators4excellence.org/news/2013-10-standing-on-common-ground E4E-New York teacher Vivett Hemans explains why she hopes that teachers, parents and students will embrace the Common Core State Standards for the good they inherently possess.
- A teacher’s reaction to the Common Core: http://www.educators4excellence.org/news/2013-11-a-teachers-reaction-to-the-common-core Charlotte Steel, an E4E-New York teacher, offers ideas for professional development to match the opportunities presented by the new standards.
- 'I've seen students take responsibility for their own learning' with Common Core, says E4E-NY teacher Darby Masland: http://www.educators4excellence.org/news/2013-12-ive-seen-students-take-responsibility-for-their-own At a New York Common Core town hall attended by New York State Education Commissioner John King in Brooklyn, an E4E-New York teacher tells how one student personalized her learning experience through the new standards.
- Why Common Core can't wait: http://www.educators4excellence.org/news/2014-03-why-common-core-cant-wait Two E4E-New York teachers argue that instead of delaying implementation of the Common Core, policymakers should be working to improve it by supporting educators, parents, and students.
The E4E Common Core Videos page features over a dozen videos of teachers sharing why they support the standards. Highlights include:
- Laurie Walters: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/video?video_id=52 First grade teacher and E4E-Los Angeles member Laurie Walters shares how the standards are giving teachers and students a consistent theme upon which to build lessons and knowledge.
- Leona Fowler: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/video?video_id=40 An E4E-New York teacher discusses Common Core's benefit for special needs students.
- Instead of 120 math standards, 43 that are more meaningful: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/video?video_id=43 Middle school math teacher and E4E-New York member Mike Loeb shares the benefits of the Common Core, while also emphasizing the need for more support.
- Marsha Wedderburn: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/video?video_id=41 E4E-New York elementary school teacher Marsha Wedderburn tells a story of one student who is progressing at a deeper level than before thanks in part to Common Core reading standards.
- Blackfoot U-Ahk: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/video?video_id=47 An E4E-New York fourth/fifth grade teacher shares how he saw the standards enable students of different abilities to critically think about a grade-level text.
Extra resources for Twitter and Facebook experts
Why #SupportTheCore? Check out one of these videos from @Ed4Excellence teachers: http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/video
.@rweingarten, 5/9/14: If implemented correctly, CCSS “can help level the playing field” http://on.msnbc.com/1oN6cIS #SupportTheCore
10 things you should know about #CommonCore from @NEAtoday http://bit.ly/18tOn9n #SupportTheCore
VIDEO: #teachervoice on Common Core shares how the standards helped unify a school http://www.educators4excellence.org/common-core/tools-and-resources/video?video_id=52
Getting the most out of Facebook:
- Consider sharing your story and mentioning any E4E resources that resonate with or might tie in to your story.
- Since Facebook is more geared toward featuring photos and links, upload a picture from your classroom or school.
- When you write a Facebook post, start typing @Educators… and, as long as you have already liked Educators 4 Excellence on Facebook, it should allow you to tag the E4E page in your post.
- You can also use #hashtags on Facebook now, just like on Twitter.