Special Episode: Perea Blackmon 2012 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year

Visit a combined 3rd/4th grade classroom in Washington, DC as students learn the concept of theme in real life, identify it in the text of the book Bud, Not Buddy, and then defend their point of view.

Related Info

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) in partnership with The Hunt Institute sponsored this Special Episode focusing on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also created in collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA), and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Ignite Curriculum Guide

This interactive pdf provides a lesson plan and short Teacher-to-Teacher video with Perea sharing advice for implementing this lesson in your classroom. Includes links to relevant resource websites and information about supplies and her suggested classroom management techniques.

Teaching and Learning Demo

Click here to watch Perea Blackmon's classroom segments from The Ignite Show in an uninterrupted format as she begins the lesson, works through it with the students and then ends for the day.

3-min Video : The Common Core State Standards (English - Version)

This video was used in The Ignite Show to help explain the basics of what the Common Core standards are all about. It was created by The Council of Great City Schools. See it again!

3-min Video : The Common Core State Standards (Spanish - Version)

This video was used in The Ignite Show to help explain the basics of what the Common Core standards are all about. It was created by The Council of Great City Schools. See it again!

Resource Wall

This interactive pdf provides a lesson plan and short Teacher-to-Teacher video with Lewis sharing advice for implementing this lesson in your classroom. Includes links to relevant resource websites and information about supplies as well as his classroom "lab sheet" to print for students to use during class

Conversation over Common Core

Listen in as Brenda Welburn, former Executive Director of The National Association of State Boards of Education discusses with President Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and President Dennis Van Roekel the National Education Association (NEA) what teachers are saying and doing with regard to the Common Core State Standards.