About Katherine Page Burdick

Katherine Burdick has worked in the education sector for over thirty years. Using her experiences as a teacher and a school administrator, she has developed a strong track record of creating innovative leading educational products while holding marketing and editorial positions within companies such as Pearson Education and Scholastic Inc. For the last six years she has directed the development of online K-5 learning materials at Learning A-Z where she is Vice President Of Product Development. Learning A-Z is a company that delivers educational resources in reading, writing, and science, over the Internet. Currently she is developing apps that promote reading through mobile devices

What are Common Core Standards and What do they mean to Apps?

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Common Core State Standards Schools, teachers and publishers in over 40 states are busy training and preparing for full implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards were presented in 2010 and are America’s first attempt to institute federal guidelines on grade level expectations. Before Common Core, some states had created their own sets of standards so that students could move within the state and be assured that they were going to be held accountable for the same academic standards.  In other words, if your student lived in the city and was taught multiplication in third grade and you moved in the middle of the year to the country, she would still be taught multiplication and wouldn’t be at risk of being ahead or behind of her peers. Continue reading

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