Vermont's Transition to the Common Core
Phase 2: Digging Deeper in Mathematics

Resources for Vermont educators to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics to help them in the transition to CCSSM.


September 18, 2012 
Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP) is a collaborative of ADP Network states that are focused on increasing the supply of quality instructional materials that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and available for instruction in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

September 5, 2012

The K-8 Publisher's Criteria for CCSSM is available at: 

http://corestandards.org/assets/Math_Publishers_Criteria_K-8_Summer%202012_FINAL.pdf. Please be sure to forward to colleagues throughout your state.


July 26, 2012

Flipping your classroom with the Khan Academy? Better make sure YOU do your homework first!

With the discussions about flipped classrooms and the claims that that Khan Academy can greatly help math instruction, it’s important that we evaluate it with a critical eye.

It goes without saying that educators need to evaluate these videos with a critical eye. One of the first videos I heard him speaking about negative numbers and referred to some numbers as more negative than others…not the exacting language we need to instruct with to eliminate misconceptions and ensure we develop strong conceptual understanding. However there are several videos that are well done. This article brings to light some of the questions about the Khan Academy that will help educators ensure they are using this resource appropriately…and steering clear of it when it’s not!



July 13, 2012

Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit founded by three of the contributing authors to the Common Core that develops tools for effective standards implementation, released four professional development modules designed to support district and school leadership in their transition to the Common Core. The four modules cover: the Common Core Shifts in Math, the Common Core Shifts in ELA/Literacy, Creating Text Dependent Questions in ELA/Literacy, and Instructional Leadership in the context of the Common Core.

The modules are intended be shared widely for use directly by individual educators, in professional learning communities, or for preparing to lead the professional development in a school or district setting. The time required for each module can be customized by expanding the amount of time spent on the activities and in discussion.

Each module contains a facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint presentations with thorough notes, hands-on activities, related readings and research, recommended topics for discussion, and web and video resources. Refer to the Facilitator’s Guide for specific instructions on how to use each part of the module.

Recently Recorded Webinar!

Mathematical Practices in Action: Attend to Precision 
Audience: K-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, special educators, and curriculum coordinators 
Event : Webinar, Monday, May 21, 2012, 3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Teachers who attend the webinar be introduced to precision, what it is and what it is not. We will also share some examples of teachers encouraging precision in their students through their use of question and language. See what types of learning opportunities are provided to develop precision skills in students. Headsets are recommended for participants. 

Looking to Align?
This document was created to help provide guidance to educators and leaders about this work.

Recently Recorded Webinar
Audience: K-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, special educators, and curriculum coordinators
Event: Webinar, Monday, May 14, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

What are some strategies for involving students in the Mathematical Practices #3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others? This webinar will focus on critique. Students need to learn how to critique their own and other’s thinking and reasoning in order to create solid arguments and clearly communicate their thinking. Mathematics consultants, Julie Conrad and Kathy Renfrew, from the Vermont Department of Education will lead this interactive webinar. Headsets are recommended for participants. 

These reports contain recommendations for professional learning to support the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English language arts.  They were developed in the Spring/Summer 2011 by Vermont educators and professional development providers in collaboration with department staff and are intended to provide schools and districts with guidance as they begin to transition to the CCSS.

In November of 2011, we held regional trainings around the state to expand and provide activities and opportunities to explore some of these ideas further.

Changes to NECAP?  Only in 2013! 

One of the biggest questions teachers and administrators have about the transition to the Common Core State Standards is whether or not there will be changes to NECAP.  NECAP is our state's current assessment to determine AYP for schools based on the NCLB law.  We will be continuing to assess students as required by that law through the fall of 2013.  The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) will have a summative assessment for our students in the SPRING of 2015. 

However, in order to make this transition, the NECAP managers have decided that some content should change in the FALL 2013 test ONLY.  Here's the write up of the GE's that students will NOT be assessed on in 2013.  Please NOTE...Grade 7 (6th Grade GEs) is the grade-level that is most affected and no changes were made to the high school assessment.

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