Common Core — The Portsmouth Interviews
Join us for Common Core — The Portsmouth Interviews — a 5-part series, in which Ann Marie Banfield of New Hampshire interviews two professors who wrote some of the top Math and English/Language Arts K-12 standards in the United States, as well as two other highly regarded education researchers. The shows are 30 minutes each
Video series link…
If the above video does not appear on your device, use this direct link to start the first one, and then find the others in the right hand column on YouTube:
The shows cover the following topics:
Show 1: Background and introduction of Common Core. This is well worth watching even if you already know about Common Core.
Show 2: Common Core Math, featuring James Milgram, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Stanford University, and co-writer of the highly regarded California Math Standards.
Show 3: Common Core English/Language Arts, featuring Professor Sandra Stotsky, writer of the Massachusetts K-12 standards, regarded as top in the country.
Show 4: Focus is on the constant testing inherent in Common Core, as well as the collection and sharing of data being collected on our children and families related to Common Core.
Show 5: The cost of Common Core and a discussion about what parents can do about Common Core.
Ann Marie Banfield Bio
The interviewer, Ann Marie Banfield, is a volunteer for Cornerstone Action in New Hampshire where she serves as the Education Liaison. She is a graduate of Franklin University in Columbus Ohio where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She began researching “education” over a decade ago. Her work involves testifying before the New Hampshire Legislature on education legislation where her focus is on academic excellence, literacy and parental rights.
Sandra Stotsky Bio
Jamie Gass Bio
R. James Milgram, Ph.D. Bio
R. James Milgram is a professor of mathematics at Stanford University (emeritus since 2010). He has served on the board of directors for the National Institute for Education Sciences, the NASA Advisory Council, and the Achieve Mathematics Advisory Panel. He is one of the original 25 members of the Common Core Validation Committee, as well as the Common Core Mathematics writing team. From 2002 to 2005, Professor Milgram headed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that identified and described the key mathematics that K-8 teachers need to know. He also helped to direct a project partially funded by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation that evaluated state mathematics assessments. He was one of the four main authors of the 1997 – 2010 California Mathematics Standards, as well as one of the two main authors of the California Mathematics Framework. He was also one of the main advisors for the mathematics standards previous to Common Core in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts , Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas. Among other honors, he has held the Gauss Professorship at the University of Goettingen and the Regent’s Professorship at the University of New Mexico, and has published over 100 research papers in mathematics and four books, as well as serving as an editor of many others. He currently works on questions in robotics and protein folding. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota.
Sid Glassner Bio
Over a period of 56 years as a professional educator Sid has been a teacher, principal, adjunct professor, a writer, publisher, a co-founder of an educational think-tank and served for 12 years as a high school board member. Presently, Sid is spending his time writing a book, playing pedagogical gladiator against the Common Core Initiative and appearing on radio as an education commentator.
Sid’s writing has received national recognition and awards. His work on minority groups, written during the Civil Rights period of the 1960s was reviewed in the Scholastic Teacher publication as “the most provocative teaching aid of the year.” Sid wrote the first book on economics for middle school students and has written and published widely in the field of personalized literature-based reading. His work on economics education received the Freedom Foundation Honor Certificate Award. In May of 2013 at Temple University, Sid was honored by being the recipient of the Helen Oakes Citizen Service to Education Award at which he delivered the annual Helen Oakes Lecture.
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