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Educators from Cherokee Elementary go back to school Twenty-four educators from Cherokee Elementary School recently went back to school themselves for instruction on the Common Core State Standards at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) in Cullowhee. Their training included two professional development seminars in which teachers learned how to implement the Common Core State Standards, which replace the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in mathematics and English language arts. The Common Core State Standards reflect the knowledge and skills that are essential for the 21st century, and help prepare students to be career and college ready. Maura Colvin, fifth-grade music education teacher from Cherokee Elementary School, described how the NCCAT training provided teachers with engaging activities to bring back to their classroom. "We learned many hands-on activities during the seminar. For example, we took a storybook, and fleshed out all the different ideas in the book. After doing that, we created a scavenger hunt through the Common Core documents to find where each element of the story was related," Colvin said.