“If the goal is to improve student learning, and that is the only goal that really matter, the first problem that you have to work on is to improve teaching and coaching teachers” (Wagner 128). Currently there are evaluative systems in place for teachers required by state laws. However, Wagner notes that these are basically a joke and a “hoop jumping exercise”(Wagner 129). Teachers value a wide range of different aspects when it comes to lessons. Educators are spread out to thin on the issue. “Classroom walls need to be transparent and teachers should do learning walks together and talk about what they see.” I think this is very important. The school I am currently working at, Valley High in Escondido is ahead of the game on this one. Last week I had 6 teachers and 6 administartors visit my classroom in two groups in two different periods. At the end of the day several teachers were impressed by several aspects of my lesson and asked how I used certain technological elements! Teachers need to network and collaborate with each other. This involves sharing amazing lessons, websites, documents, technology, etc… It also involves how beginning teachers are taught in credential programs. I feel so fortunate to be part of the CSUSM credential program. They are miles ahead of the rest when it comes to preparing student teachers for a career in a 21st century classroom. I have seen others at various school sites that are getting their credential through programs such as National University online, and I must say that I am not impressed when I talk to these people about education. CSUSM has pushed me to think about the current state of education in ways that I did not know exist. I also feel that I am mastering how to create lessons and units that are aligned with common core standards and that engage students and prepare them for college and life outside of the classroom. Educators that have been in the field for a while need to learn to accept change and realize as Wagner says that it is all about improving student education. I hate hearing from educators that Common Core is the new “fad” or “buzzword”. The era of drill and kill is over. I am excited and am anxious for Common Core standards to specifically be released for social studies / history.