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Teacher Voices: “Our Standards Are Helping Students Flourish and Contribute Wherever They Go” by Zestlan Simmons, 2018-19 Alabama Teacher of the Year

The mastery of new, more rigorous standards has been challenging for many students, says the 2018-19 Alabama Teacher of the Year Zestlan Simmons, but “thanks to a steady process of guided practice and constant feedback” many more students are turning the corner – gaining the skills and knowledge they need to become informed citizens ready to flourish and contribute to the world.

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Teacher Voices: Why Do Our Rigorous College and Career Ready Standards Matter? Look at This Quick Before-and-After Comparison by Science Teacher Amy Murphy

Alabama’s rigorous College and Career Ready science standards require students to go beyond identifying facts and information. They require them to predict, analyze, and explain as they work to master the standards’ expectations. Science teacher and NBCT Amy Fowler Murphy offers an example from her chemistry class.

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Teacher Voices: “Standards Are Part of What We Do Every Day” by Kay Haas, Tuscaloosa County Schools

What are Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards? Why are they important to educators? How do they help students prepare for life after school in both college and career? Follow along with our new “Teacher Voices” series as educators from around Alabama answer these questions. We begin with Kay Haas, a veteran teacher and instructional coach at Walker Elementary in Tuscaloosa County.

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