Guest Panel Forum on Common Core State Standards, BlackRiverFalls Aug. 22nd

Common Core Standards – Are Teachers Prepared?

With backing from the federal government, some governors and superintendents collaborated on a developing the national “Common Core” educational standards.

As forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted these common core standards, most teachers are given a task to have their students attain and demonstrate the common core standards without providing the appropriate tools to teach the standards.

Check out this report by special education correspondent John Merrow on PBS NewsHour.

You’re invited to a forum on:

“Common Core State Standards, Facts or Fiction”

Do you know what the Common Core State Standards mean for our children and our community?  Do you know why 5 states have already withdrawn from the Common Core State Standards and/or Testing?  Do you know what the cost of implementation of the Common Core State Standards will cost you and your school district?

Here is an opportunity for you to participate in an interactive forum to learn more about the National Common Core State Standards.

Our guest panel will include:

Dr. Duke Pesta – Dr. Pesta received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University.

He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges, and has been active in educational reform, developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available for public high school students in Texas. He is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and the Academic Director of Freedom Project Education.

Karen Schroeder – Karen is the President of Advocates for Academic Freedom (AAF) which supports a return to fact-based curricula, accountability, and academic excellence in public education. Karen is a member of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board.”

She provides seminars designed to inform and motivate citizens to reclaim their responsibility to become involved in the decisions made at the local and state levels of the educational system. Karen is frequently interviewed by Wisconsin radio personalities and has testified before the State Legislature.

With a BA degree in education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education, Ms. Schroeder has taught in suburban public schools for thirty-six years. During that time, Karen negotiated contracts for teachers. She also became a free-lance writer to provide citizens with information revealing the impact of social and political policies on the educational system. Her articles are published in the U. S. Journal and numerous other newspapers across Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, and Massachusetts.

Kim Simac – Kim is a small business owner.  Kim Simac’s children’s summer camps have been in operation for nearly 20 years. Equestrian based with an emphasis on leadership, principles, and morals, are the focus of these camps.  Kim is also a published author of children’s books to include: “When I Grow up I’m Going to Be a Hockey Star”,   “Girls Play Hockey Too” and “American Soldier Proud and Free.”

Please join us for what will be an informative evening!

August 22, 2013

Skyline Golf Course

612 North 11th Street

Black River Falls, Wi 54615

Forum starts promptly at 6:00 pm

There is no cost to attend

For more information contact:
Jerry Sweeney
Jerrysweeney714 @

Additional Information:

Open Letter to State Legislative and Executive Leadership:
Common Core State Standards, Honor, and Senator Luther Olsen
August 8, 2013  – click here.


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