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Common Core Video Series. Education Commissioner John King, David Coleman and Kate Gerson explain every key aspect of Common Core standards in depth.

Common Core Video Series

Visual Recording on the iPad. English Language Arts and Literacy Resources.

Five Questions for Common Core. There is much talk, and a lot of confusion, about the new Common Core State Standards among frontline educators in the classroom.

Five Questions for Common Core

Here are five big questions on my mind: 1. Why do we need Common Core State Standards? Advocates say we need common college- and career-readiness standards across the country that are internationally benchmarked so that when we give our students computer-scored writing tests, we can compare them to places like, say, Finland, that don’t have standardized tests. You can see why I’m still confused. Frankly, I don’t think these standards are all that different from my state’s (California’s) current standards, which already emphasized “informational text” in upper elementary.

Impressions of the standards will vary state-to-state, but these blog posts have helped clarify my thinking: 2. Common Core English language arts (ELA) standards are advertised as ELA standards for science, technology, and social studies, but I don’t see the content—where’s the meat? 3. 4. 5. Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking.

Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning. Common Core Essentials - Home. Common Core. Common Core State Standards. College and Career Readiness Illinois joined more than 40 states in a collaborative effort to raise learning standards and improve college and career readiness for all students, regardless of where they live.

Common Core State Standards

Common Core Support Tools. Below you will find unpacking standards documents to support teachers in their understanding of the common core and essential standards.

Common Core Support Tools

The unpacking documents demonstrate at a granular level the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at a particular grade. Important Note: The current Standard Course of Study will continue to be taught and tested during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. New standards and assessments are to be implemented for the first time beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Please send any thoughts, feedback, questions and ideas about additional resources that would help you start preparing to teach the new standards to English Language Arts Unpacking Standards Kindergarten (pdf, 608kb) 1st Grade (pdf, 646kb) 2nd Grade (pdf, 761kb)

Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts Materials. English Language Arts Materials Common Core Content Standards for ELA: Overview PowerPoint Presentation This PowerPoint shows the design and structure for all grades K-12.

Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts Materials

The criteria used to augment with 15 percent of additional California standards is highlighted. The video includes further explanation of each strand and the emphasis in the Common Core on informational text. Download. Common Core and 21st Century Standards. School Improvement Services. School Improvement Services (SIS) provides dynamic leadership and improvement in educator effectiveness, curriculum, assessment, instruction, data and accountability, professional development, and educational leadership to enhance all students’ learning.

School Improvement Services

Through coordination of regionwide networks, workshops and consultation, SIS strives toward excellence in teaching and learning for all PK-12 administrators, teachers and their students. Annual direction and focus for School Improvement Services is driven by the needs of area schools. SIS also oversees and coordinates services and professional development for Title I, ESEA Coordination, Title III and the ELL Center, the Literacy Center, Center for Educator Effectiveness, the Math and Science Center, the Career and Technical Education (Perkins) Consortium Grant and the WISExplore statewide grant.

SIS services are supported by annual fees from district membership, professional development registration fees, and onsite consultation. COMMON CORE INTRODUCTION. Common Core for the Holidays. Video: Common Core for English: Read like a detective and write like a conscientious investigative reporter! NCSM - Position Papers. NCSM has collaborated with AMTE, ASSM, and NCTM to make joint public statements to help our members interpret important national documents that impact their work.

NCSM - Position Papers

Mathematics Education Organizations Unite to Support Implementation of Common Core State StandardsDownload the entire paper The Role of Elementary Mathematics Specialists in the Teaching and Learning of MathematicsDownload the entire paper NCSM Position Papers are designed to provide NCSM members with support regarding critical actions that lead to improved student achievement in mathematics.

The papers are a product of the collaborative efforts of many individuals who offered their writing, editing and critiquing skills. These papers provide our members with answers to two questions: What does NCSM believe about important issues in mathematics education leadership? Upon receiving the Glenn Gilbert Award at the 2005 St. NCSM grants permission to reprint these papers for distribution.

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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. On the Road to Implementation Common Core Standards with Common Sense. The Learning Connection. Implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards Across the Country. Brenda Overturf is a member of the International Reading Association's Board of Directors.

Implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards Across the Country

You can reach her at boverturf[AT]reading[DOT]org. This is the final post in a three-part series that examines the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Part one introduced CCSS and provided context for those new to the standards. Part two reviewed the key features that offer opportunities for educators to transform their teaching. In part three, we will take a look at how various states are starting to implement the standards.

States across the country are in varying stages of adopting and implementing the CCSS. Currently, there are also state consortiums developing assessment systems aligned with the CCSS. In September, The Center on Education Policy released a report titled Common Core State Standards: Progress and Challenges in School Districts' Implementation to provide data on how districts are starting to implement the standards. Common Core Curriculum Maps. Common Core’s ELA Maps have been in use by teachers for over two years.

Common Core Curriculum Maps

During this time, the non-profit organization has established an unparalleled reputation for creating high-quality, low-cost curriculum tools based on the Common Core State Standards. Our Common Core Curriculum Maps, released in August 2010, were the first new, CCSS-based curriculum tools to come out after the standards were finalized. Written by teachers for teachers, our ELA Maps are detailed guides for creating CCSS-aligned lessons that delve deeply into key core knowledge content and utilize the best and most important literary and informational texts.

These carefully crafted maps include all of the new standards. The Maps are comprised of 76 units covering Kindergarten through 12th grade, and include: At Common Core, we recognize that implementing a new curriculum demands a significant investment of time and resources. 30% off (plus free shipping) the extended print edition of our maps published by Jossey-Bass. Common Core Curriculum Maps.