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Teacher, parent organizations collaborate on Common Core effort

Common Core highlighted in Special episodes of "the ignite show"

WASHINGTON - October 07, 2013 -

Released today is the first of four episodes of the “The Ignite Show,” a project funded by The Hunt Institute, in an effort to highlight Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation, and the efforts underway by many teachers to incorporate challenging, engaging lessons in the classroom. This first episode features 2011 State Teacher of the Year from Illinois, Annice Brave, leading her class in the analysis of The Scarlet Letter through text-dependent questioning, and includes stimulating interviews with former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt and Bob Corcoran of GE Foundation. In the successive weeks, the following three new episodes will be released, with each episode including exemplar lessons taught by State Teachers of the Year and interviews with parents, students, policymakers, and advocacy and business leaders. Together, the episodes exhibit the promise of the Math and English Language Arts standards across a developmental range of students and content areas.

The first episode, along with extended teacher resources, can be accessed at

This project, led by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and The Hunt Institute, and in partnership with the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and National PTA(r), will provide teachers, school administrators, parents, and others with a deeper understanding of college- and career-ready standards, their history, and their promise.

Join The Ignite Show on a cross-country journey with four State Teachers of the Year and their students as they raise teaching and learning to exciting new levels through the Common Core State Standards. Viewers are sure to come away with a better understanding of the Standards, the need for higher teaching and learning expectations, and why the CCSS matter to everyone.



NNSTOY is comprised of the nation’s most recognized teachers, singled out for the excellence in classroom practice and thoroughly trained in policy and advocacy, then taking their next steps as true teacher leaders. Funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Educational Testing Service, and The NEA Foundation, NNSTOY is committed to providing avenues for teacher voice in education policy and to furthering the professionalization of teaching. For more information, visit

About Teachers Ignite
Teachers Ignite is a media initiative to raise awareness and respect of education and educators through the voices of teachers, parents and students. The Ignite Show reflects content voted by teachers to inspire student-centered classrooms. It provides dynamic, fun, relevant, and entertaining views of the classroom to uplift the teaching profession through conversations that focus on issues relevant to us all. To learn more, visit

About The Hunt Institute
Founded by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. in 2001, The Hunt Institute works with leaders to secure America’s future through quality education. Working at the intersection of policy and politics, The Hunt Institute connects leaders with the best strategies for developing and implementing policies and programs to improve public education. To that end, The Hunt Institute convenes governors, policymakers, legislators, and business and civic leaders across the nation to provide them with the best information to make informed policy decisions. An affiliated center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Institute is non-partisan, non-profit entity that does not lobby for, or take positions on, state and federal legislation. For more information on The Hunt Institute, visit,, or find them on Twitter @Hunt_Institute.

About NEA
The National Education Association ( is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

About AFT
The AFT ( represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.

About National PTA
National Parent Teacher Association is dedicated to making every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. National PTA is comprised of 55 state congresses and nearly 26,000 local units in 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the Pacific. More information about National PTA and our ongoing work is available on Twitter, Facebook and at

Contacts: Katherine Bassett, NNSTOY | 609-992-5532
                        April White, The Hunt Institute | 919-425-4160