Preston Smith on Teaching Teachers Common Core Critical Thinking

In Chapter 10 of 22 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, elementary charter school network CEO Preston Smith answers "What Has Your Work Experience Taught You About How Education Careers are Changing?" Smith shares how teacher training is shifting from outcome-based training built on No Child Left Behind to input-based training of Common Core standards. Inherent to this is a higher focus on critical thinking and problem solving. As a result, teachers need to adapt training to meet expectations of the new standards while also being flexible to embrace new changes in education such as new classroom technology.

Preston Smith is co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education, the highest performing low-income school system in California. After graduating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Smith joined Teach for America. After three years teaching 1st Grade, he founded a district school in San Jose and became its principal. Smith was selected as a member of the 2010 class of Aspen Institute New Schools Fellows.