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Sept. 12, 2013 (Issue 1)
WATCH: Jeff Charbonneau talks about Common Core and college- and career-ready learning standards
2013 National Teacher of the Year
Jeff Charbonneau Supports Common Core


The high school science teacher from tiny Zillah, Wash., believes in challenging students and that Common Core will help in raising expectations in our nation's schools.

OLYMPIA -- Since being named 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau has seen the inside of an airplane just about as much in a few short months as he's seen in his entire life. 

Charbonneau, 34, teaches physics, chemistry and engineering at Zillah. He believes strongly in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, the latter of which Washington state is about to adopt. He agreed to lend his name to the Ready Washington "Real Learning for Real Life" campaign to help bring awareness and understanding of college- and career-ready learning standards.

Charbonneau takes a simple approach to explaining Common Core when asked about the K-12 learning standards that 46 states voluntarily adopted.

"I think the one thing to remember about Common Core is that Common Core is about a standard," he said. "It's about where we want students to be at the end of a year or at the end of class. It's not about how to get there, it's about where they need to be."


Click here to read the full story on Jeff Charbonneau, listen to a two-part interview and watch him talk about teaching and why he supports the Common Core.



The Ready Washington coalition has collaborated to create resources for schools, families and students to build understanding and awareness of Common Core. We encourage schools to use these resources in communications with families.


Visit our Resources page for a list of all materials, and see the right-hand sidebar on this newsletter. We have produced poster aimed at middle and high school students. You can also download your own 11x17 copy on the Website. 



If you've got questions about Common Core, we've got answers. Please see our FAQs page. A question we often receive is about Common Core being a national curriculum. See our answer below and watch Jeff Charbonneau answer the question.


"Common Core is a set of clear standards that communicate shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students should have at every grade level. Standards are different from curriculum or lesson plans. While the Common Core sets high expectations for what students should know, it does not set a lesson plan or tell teachers how to teach." 



For more information on Common Core and the Real Learning for Real Life campaign, please visit To learn about implementation of Common Core, visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's Website.


For additional information, please contact:

Chris Barron, communications manager
Partnership for Learning
(206) 626-9655


Nathan Olson, communications manager
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
(360) 725-6015


ReadyWA poster
Poster: Are You Ready?
We are sending this poster to all schools with students in grade 7-12. You can also download an 11x17 copy at our Website. Poster
Brochure: For Families
Our new brochure explains Common Core at a high level and includes National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau. Brochure
RW handout
What is Common Core?
A front-and-back handout translated in six language explaining Common Core and with an FAQ section. Handout
PowerPoint Template
Template presentation for use by schools, community organizations and other groups for presenting Common Core information. Handout
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