One of the challenges of the Common Core State Standards is for teachers to make sure students have a solid vocabulary to express their ideas and their work in strong academic terms, whether it's working on projects with classmates or explaining their approach to complex math problems. A recent training program highlighted the need to educators in California. "Students need to be using these more formal uses of language, and they won't be if teachers are not aware of it themselves and do not have the pedagogical expertise," said Robert Linquanti, an adviser on the common core and state English-language standards. He made presentations at the training program.

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