Children's Literature and the Common Core: proposed panel 2014 MLA

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MLA: Division of Children's Literature
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The Common Core State Standards is an education initiative that is making sweeping changes to the ways that literature will be taught in K-12 schools in the United States. This educational reform was organized by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSS0). It is in the process of being implemented in forty-five states that have adopted the Common Core Standards, with the goals of preparing students for college- or career-ready in literacy by the end of high school. This is an open session proposed by the Division of Children's Literature and is intended as a continuation of the "National Core Curriculum? A Roundtable with the Past MLA Presidents on the Common Core State Standards Initiative" held at the 2013 MLA. The format of this session, which requires MLA approval, is that of a roundtable discussion with five speakers familiar with the Common Core Standards who can address how these new standards will affect the teaching of children's and adolescent literature at the college level. Given that many students enrolled in children's and adolescent literature courses at the college level are preparing to become K-12 teachers, the Common Core Standards have the potential to make significant changes to the teaching of children's and adolescent literature. Speakers, who must be current MLA members, will be allotted 5-7 minutes for informal presentations. The rest of the session will be devoted to discussion by participants. Potential speakers should submit a 250-word proposal to Jan Susina,, by March 15, 2013.