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The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school. *** The Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core State Standards may be reprinted or posted online for non-commercial purposes without the Council’s prior consent. Please include attribution to the Council of the Great City Schools. Please click on the bold link below to access the publications.
The Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project provides educators with high-quality, low-cost curriculum tools based on the Common Core State Standards. Our Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts have been viewed more than 6 million times since they went online in August 2010. These 76 detailed curriculum Maps and sample lesson plans are designed to help K-12 educators create the kind of “well-developed, content-rich curriculum” called for in the Common Core State Standards. More than 17,700 teachers, curriculum directors, and principals have become members of the Mapping Project. Membership lasts for one calendar year from the date of purchase and must be renewed annually. For just $25 members can:
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Currently, each state has a separate set of education standards, lists of skills that students are expected to do by the time they graduate each grade. However, in response to concerns about American student achievement and just how prepared students are for college and careers, education leaders in 48 states, along with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), have written a set of standards for student across the U.S. The common core state standards were released in 2010. Now, 44 states are working to implement them by 2013-2014. Here’s what you should know and how to help your child prepare for the common core: The Common Core Standards are State-Driven
The Common Core standards require high school students to collaborate to solve problems. When the Common Core State Standards take full effect in 2014, they will impact more than 42 million K-12 students. While some schools and districts are holding information sessions to educate parents on the new standards, most still know very little about what the Common Core entails. Only 7 percent of adults say they know "a lot" about the standards, and 60 percent say they know "nothing" about the standards , according to a July report by Achieve, an education nonprofit. The following cheat sheet can help parents of high school students move closer to joining that 7 percent.
The following blog post is part of a blog series called "Comments on the Common Core," written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davis . For more insight from Lauren Davis, check out her book series Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans: Ready-to-Use Resources . Lately, I’ve been hearing from a lot of parents who are angry about the Common Core. (I’ve been hearing personal/anecdotal stories as well as news stories on this topic .) They are upset about the testing and about the new rigorous curriculum. Teachers and school leaders can ease some of parents’ concerns by communicating with them honestly—and regularly—about the new standards.
Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school. Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards. The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.
Educators across the nation are working hard this summer to begin developing updated curricula that will fit into the new Common Core State Standards, which will be fully applied in 45 U.S. states (Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia, and Minnesota have opted out of statewide participation) by 2015. Yet despite the hubbub about the new standards, which were created as a means of better equipping students with the knowledge they need to be competitive in the modern world, many teachers still have a lot of unanswered questions about what Common Core will mean for them, their students, and their schools. Luckily, the Internet abounds with helpful resources that can explain the intricacies of Common Core, offer resources for curriculum development, and even let teachers keep up with the latest news on the subject. We’ve collected just a few of those great resources here, which are essential reads for any K-12 educator in a Common Core-adopting state.
In a recent survey, William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education at Michigan State University, found some good news and bad news for supporters of the Common Core State Standards. The good news was that the vast majority of teachers have read the Standards and nearly all like them. The bad news was that about 80 percent of mathematics teachers said the Standards were “pretty much the same” as their current state standards. Those teachers might want to take a closer look.
Begin implementing the shifts with clear and concrete action steps that can be tackled this school year. As a first step in implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematics, focus strongly where the standards focus. Browse collection
An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed. Common Core State Standards Initiative First, go straight to the source. The Common Core State Standards Initiative website (1) is comprehensive and well-organized. You can download PDFs of the English Language Arts Standards (2) and the Mathematics Standards (3) , see an interactive map of which states have adopted the standards (4) , read a list of myths about the standards (5) , and check out a FAQ that addresses many questions (6) about them. You can also sign up to get a bi-weekly newsletter with Common Core updates (7) from the Council of Chief State School Officers (8) .
MISSION :: Our mission is to provide leadership and support to educators across the State of North Carolina to build and reinforce the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards, to implement the North Carolina State Board of Education goals, and to inform, clarify and disseminate state and federal policies and laws. VISION :: To help ensure that every student graduates from high school ready for a post-secondary education or career. NOTE :: Various file formats are used on this page that may require download.
About the Missouri Learning Standards The Missouri Learning Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college, other postsecondary training and careers. The standards include the Common Core State Standards, a set of academic expectations for English language arts and mathematics. The Common Core State Standards were created through a state-led initiative and have been adopted by more than forty states, including Missouri. The standards: Establish consistent learning goals for all students – regardless of where they live.
These modules are intended for use by educators: in the delivery of professional development, in professional learning communities, or for individual learning. Each module contains a Facilitator's Guide, which walks you through the module and provides specific instructions on how to use each part. To get started, download and print the module's Facilitator's Guide. You might also wish to watch this 45 minute webinar introducing the modules.
“During discussion learners are not passive recipients of information that is transmitted from a teacher. Rather, learners are active participants” ( Larson ). Discussions (online and face-to-face) provide students the opportunity to: Articulate their ideas Ask questions Be exposed to different perspectives Make connections Learn to “play” and fearlessly interact with new information The act of telling or explaining what they know cements students’ understanding of concepts. Conversely, struggling students benefit from hearing their peers’ ideas, opinions, and explanations.