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Ms. Kate Gerson

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Senior Fellow

Local Address: New York City, New York, United States
USNY Regents Research Fund

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    New Leaders for New

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Senior Regents Research Fellow for Common Core
    Regents Research Fund
  • Senior Fellow
    Common Core
  • Senior Fellow
    NY Regents
  • CCSS Fellow
    NY Regents
28 Total References
Web References
Kate Gerson is a senior ..., 4 June 2014 [cached]
Kate Gerson is a senior fellow with the USNY Regents Research Fund in New York, and she's a leader of that state's do-it-yourself approach to the Common Core. They built a website called EngageNY and stocked it with new teaching materials. By the end of summer, any teacher from any grade can go to the site and find just about everything he or she needs to prepare kids for the Core standards.
Gerson says EngageNY offers "a comprehensive set of ELA and mathematics curriculum, which includes lesson plans, curriculum maps, handouts, power points, videos."
1. More rigor: According to Kate ..., 10 Nov 2013 [cached]
1. More rigor: According to Kate Gerson with Regents Research Fund, a group that advises the New York education department, “Historically, in American education, we have done every concept in the world a mile wide and an inch deep.†The Common Core focuses on fewer concepts, but with more concentration.
GED® 2014, 2 Jan 2014 [cached]
A video presentation by Kate Gerson, a Senior Regents Research Fellow for Common Core with the Regents Research Fund, gives a quick explanation of the Common Core Shifts, November 2012.Â
New York State Reading Association, 20 June 2014 [cached]
Reading Specialists Council of Suffolk presents 'Common Core Learning Standards: Reading and Writing Connections' with Kate Gerson, Senior Fellow for Common Core and Educator Engagement at the Regents Research Fund.
Speaking at the RIMA's High ..., 28 April 2015 [cached]
Speaking at the RIMA's High Expectation's Conference, keynote speaker Kate Gerson says, "The number one way we love our students is by rescuing them from struggle. We hate and feel so uncomfortable with kids struggling."
When you pose a challenge just out of a kid's reach, she's forced to think. She'll have to sort through what she already knows to come up with an educated, if not necessarily correct, answer. The kid blinks at you, deer in the headlights. You assure her she can figure it out, but the wait for her to wrestle through the problem is nerve-wracking. Often we spare her the struggle and give her the answer, which she'll never remember. Had she dug around in her prior knowledge and figured it out - or even come up with a wrong but thoughtful solution - she'd have exercised her mind.
Gerson, teacher, principal and now CCSS Fellow with the NY Regents, explains that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) encourage just this kind of challenge. They cover fewer topics, allowing time for a deeper understanding of each. (CCSS offer clearly-written one-pagers about their philosophies about math and ELA that cut through a lot of the noise generated by the media.)
Gerson distinguishes between "productive struggle and toxic struggle."
Gerson says, "The CCSS demand that every single student gets smarter.
Gerson sees "students who know what you [the teacher] are looking for, so they know what words you want them to use. But do they actually get what's going on?"
As a high school English teacher, Gerson all but danced Alice Walker's The Color Purple to convey her own passion for the book to her students.
CCSS is a complicated subject; Gerson did a good job.
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