I don't pretend to understand all the intricacies of "Common Core," but I do know there are a goodly number of parents greatly concerned about its implementation in the Amherst Regional Public Schools.
Anyone interested in staying informed on a grass roots roots level can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I just wanted to say sorry for the delay in getting everyone’s email together. I offered to put this together as it seemed there were many parents who needed help getting organized with other parents.
For those of you who don’t now me, I have served on two School Councils, helped various SC members run for election, volunteered on Playground rebuilds, was a member of the K-16 math council, served on a few teacher hiring committees, and various other informal groups working for better schools.
My kids are no longer in the Amherst school system but from my experience in working for change I learned a few things and from others who came before me working for change.
All that being said, I hope at a minimum, I am able to get like minded parents contact information to each other. I hope this helps each of you reach a broader community concerned with education in general and specifically today, the MS math curriculum.
To start I will be sending out a group email so each of you can contact each other. Depending on what the group wants I can set up a list serve (which is an email that goes out to the group each time it is responded to), possibly a web site or blog depending on time and group desires.
Many people have asked if there is a meeting with Rhonda Cohen. To my knowledge no one has come forth telling me of a group meeting. From my experience with Rhonda she has no problem meeting with parents in groups or one on one. If someone on this list is so inclined they could set up that first initial meeting and share it with the group.
I would recommend that each person who is posting realize that with the number of people in this group you consider all documents public documents. Emails are easily shared. If you would not say it in public you probably don’t want to write it here.
Also I know several of you well or fairly well and there are is a wide range of satisfaction with the schools system. Keeping comments respectful as well as having a thick skin to harsher comments that may happen from time to time is important when working with a group. You all want the option for strong math curriculum and likely strong curriculum in general for those kids who need or desire it. I am sure many of the people on this list feel the need for good education on social justice issues and quality special needs education as well. If you feel the need to vent (and we all do at times) in a way that may that may offend others in the group please try to send you communication to those very aligned with your mind set.
This being said, let me know what I can do (from experience or technical aspects) to support you and we will go from there.