Achieve hosted a webinar open to state leaders and partners in all 50 states designed to support advocates in their efforts to defend and advance the Common Core State Standards and the broader college- and career-ready agenda in states. Exemplary efforts and resources developed by Alabama GRIT , a state-based coalition were shared by Executive Director, Jessica Hammonds. Participants had the opportunity to learn about some of the best practices currently underway to communicate about the Common Core State Standards both to the policy audience and to the general public. There was also an opportunity to have a dialogue on common concerns in ensuring that states can move forward with implementation of the standards. March 25, 2014.