Series: Hear from the Experts

Learning Goals in the Common Core with Diane Briars

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Diane Briars differentiates between the learning goals of a particular lesson and its related Common Core State Standard. Everyday teachers should ask the important question:

What are my kids doing to make progress towards that goal?

The learning goal is related to the Common Core standard, but it’s not the same as the statement of the standard.

Diane Briars is the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), an organization made up of over 80,000 members, whose goal is to ensure that students receive mathematics education of the highest quality. Before her tenure at NCTM, Briars researched for the Intensified Algebra Project, served as mathematics director for Pittsburgh Public Schools, and taught as a secondary mathematics teacher.

This presentation took place on August 11, 2015, as a part of the Summer P12 Mathematics Institute, an event put on by Chicago Public Schools, DePaul University, and Erikson Institute. The purpose of the event was to build and expand capacity to provide high quality mathematics instruction in alignment with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) in networks, schools, and classrooms.