Maybe you've heard of the Common Core State Standards, maybe you even are already aware that they are being implemented in grades K-2 in all Arkansas public school classrooms this year. (Grades 3-8 follow next year, and grades 9-12 the year after that.)
If, however, this is news to you, or if you would like to know exactly how the Common Core State Standards are changing instruction, the Arkansas Department of Education recently posted a new video that does a great job of explaining what the new standards are, why they are important and how they are changing teaching practices in the three grades. A state education official offers the big picture view, but the most vivid descriptions of the changes taking place come from a principal and three K-2 teachers. You can watch it here.