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BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek Women’s League will host a discussion about Common Core 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Peace Lutheran Church. The Common Core program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Even though standards were established in 2009, this is the year when they will be implemented. During the 2014-15 school year, states and local districts are implementing new curriculum to meet those standards. For some teachers and for some districts, change is hard.

The panel will include three speakers: Dr. Tom Lasley, Dr. Bill McGlothlin and Susan Hayward.

Dr. Tom Lasley, a professor of educational leadership for the University of Dayton. He brings the academic facts and research for his comments. He wants schools to prepare for jobs and college. He knows the challenges of our transient populations: although they might be straight A students in one state, they may not have the basic foundation when they transfer to another. He is concerned that during the last decade, 4 out of 10 college freshmen need remedial math and English coursework before they can begin core college courses.

Dr. Bill McGlothlin, Superintendent of Beavercreek Schools. He is tasked with overseeing the Beavercreek Schools, including the implementation of the new state standards. He is watching the new criteria by which schools will be measured, so that Beavercreek Schools can maintain their “excellent status.” He is overseeing the construction of the new Pre-school for the district, which will serve children with developmental delays, a service mandated by the state.

Susan Hayward, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Beavercreek Schools. Hayward has been very successful in securing “Straight A Grant” funding. This money comes from stimulus funds that Congress and the Obama Administration set aside to improve education within the USA. All Beavercreek students in grades 1-8 will have iPads beginning in the fall. It will be interesting to learn how this will affect the costs of text books. It will also be a new “tool” for learning that some teachers will embrace, but there also may be some challenges.

The Beavercreek Women’s League meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required. This will be an information packed meeting. As Common Core has become more controversial, it will be interesting to hear how the “roll out” is being accepted in Beavercreek.

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