As every secondary educator knows, effectively preparing young people to continue their education in college, or to be ready to face the demands of a career after high school, is critical not only to the individual success of the students but also to the health of our nation as a whole in the global economy.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative, a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, supported by the White House, and developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and education experts, defines the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers to be best positioned for success in college or the workforce.
While the primary focus of the Common Core Standards is English Language Arts and Mathematics, the Standards also address Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects. With its strong concentration on the real-world application of classroom learning, the Christopher Columbus Awards program is a powerful tool for integrating these Standards seamlessly into your science, technology, and related classes.
At the heart of the Christopher Columbus Awards program is the scientific process. As students first research their chosen topic and then develop, test, and refine a solution to a community problem, they will:
Another important step in the Christopher Columbus Awards competition process is creating a multimedia submission that clearly expresses what the students' identified problem and proposed solution are and how they arrived at their conclusions. As they produce their competition submission, students will:
SOURCE: Common Core State Standards. Washington, D.C.: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010.