Our district is hard at work preparing for full-scale implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Teachers are developing lessons based on the Common Core State Standards, reviewing the standards and the curriculum and making necessary changes. Mahomet-Seymour teachers are developing knowledge of grade level content as well as content from the grades preceding and following the grade that they teach. Conversation and collaboration among teachers happens on a regular basis, in grade level teams at our elementary schools and by departments in our junior high and high school. In addition, teachers are attending workshops and conferences that will prepare them to adapt their instruction to the critical thinking that the Common Core State Standards requires of students. Teachers also have collaboration time during our early dismissals to learn and develop the instructional practices to best provide implementation of the Common Core State Standards.