The summit seeks to explore and accurately represent the realities of the Common Core, from its intended goals to its development and implementation across the United States. With a multiplicity of competing voices in the public discourse surrounding several states’ decisions to repeal or not adopt the Common Core, it can be difficult for community stakeholders at all levels to evaluate the realities of the standards. From the creation of the goals and policy development to the eventual implementation of the Common Core, what has emerged is a set of standards that has far more questions than answers. The goal of this summit is to work toward demystifying the Common Core State Standards and to come to a common understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of this initiative and how to move forward.

1 November 2014 (9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Hosted at the Fairfax Government Center

12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035

Balanced Perspectives

Policy Makers

Distinguished panelists will speak about the development of the policy and ramifications for the implementation.


Amid the implementation process, the administrative concerns of a school need to be considered. Panelists will speak on issues regarding implementation of the Common Core and provide unique perspectives on best practices and areas for improvement.


Exploring the perspective of teachers is a must for successful implementation of any initiative. Panelists will provide their perspectives on implementation of the Common Core at the level of the K-12 classroom including concerns, areas for improvement, and suggestions for meeting the requirements.