SALISBURY — Teachers are back in classrooms across the state prepping for the new Common Core Curriculum. The curriculum is setting a new standard for education across North Carolina.
At Rowan Salisbury Schools, teachers are already hard at work in the classrooms. All 1,700 teachers in the district have been meeting, planning and learning themselves all week.
Teachers such as fifth-grade teacher April Williamson are preparing the Common Core Curriculum for students.
"Right now we're just digging through the process and looking at what we need to change this year, it's a big change for us," said Williamson.
The curriculum is a standard adopted by North Carolina and 44 other states that will provide students in districts across the state with the same education regardless of where they live.
"What happens is; I'm a child and I move from one school to another or one district to another or one school to another, I may miss an important part of my learning and with the Common Core standards, the content that children receive will be the same," said Rowan-Salisbury Schools director for elementary education Alesia Burnette.
The curriculum is setting expectations and helping teachers engage students.
"It's no longer 'there's one way to learn it', especially with math. We're so used to learning a specific way and now students can say 'oh, well I learned five ways to do this.' They're becoming thinkers," said Williamson.
iPads are not part of the new curriculum, but fifth-graders at Hurley Elementary are each receiving one this year.
"They'll be able to take notes access their textbooks use their iPad as a way to turn in their assignments to their teachers," said Crystal Merck.
The five days used for Common Core planning this year will be instructional days next school year. For more information on the curriculum, visit the Common Core Standards website.