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Student Achievement Partners

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.

In "The Challenge of Advanced Texts: The Interdependence of Reading and Learning," Marilyn Jager Adams reviews the research on advanced (complex) text and vocabulary instruction, with recommendations for building content knowledge.

Reaching the Goal: 
The Applicability and Importance of the Common 
Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

Reaching the Goal:  The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness
 In August 2011, EPIC completed a study on the Common Core State Standards. They asked a national sample of entry-level college instructors to rate the applicability of each Common Core State Standard in comparison to their courses. The Study analyzes ratings from instructors of courses at two- and four-year degree-granting institutions, including courses commonly required for two-year certificates that would be necessary to enter a career pathway. We selected 25 courses to be representative examples of common offerings in seven major subject areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Business Management, Computer Technology, &Healthcare.

Illustrative Mathematics

illustrativemathematics.org is a great website for viewing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics online.  You can select a grade and see all the grade level standards displayed. You can also click on a progress (e.g. Geometry) and see the whole progression of that domain from one grade to the next. In the future it will have tasks available that will be linked to the standards that will bring more clarity to the standards, but the timeline for the next phase is unknown at this point in time. 

Hunt Institute and CCSSO Video Vignettes
Hunt Institute Videos - The Hunt Institute and the CCSSO commissioned a series of video vignetes that explain the Standards in far greater depth. Several of the key Standards writers were asked, in their own words, to talk about how the Standards were developed, who was involved, and the goals they set for all students. These vignettes were developed to help different groups better understand the breadth and depth of the Standards and how they will improve teaching, making classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students.

Getting Started with the Common Core State Standards: First Steps for Mathematics Education Leaders.
The Common Core State Standards present new opportunities, as well as challenges, for mathematics education leaders to provide all students access to high quality mathematics instruction and assessment. Learn about the most productive ways to begin CCSS implementation, common pitfalls to avoid, and tools and resources that NCSM will be providing to support this work.

This is an NCSM Webinar Event sponsored by Carnegie Learning, Inc.


Phil Daro's Common Core Mathematics Webinar: Pearson's Common Core Virtual Conference

Pearson sponsored a four day Virtual Conference at the end of February. One of the best webinars was hosted by Phil Daro. This is a great way to introduce the philosophical intent of the mathematical standards and the change that the standards will require in our classrooms.

Senior Fellow for Mathematics, America’s Choice. Phil was one of the principal members of the core writing team of the Common Core Math Standards.

Click here: Phil Daro Presentation

English Language Arts TextProject, Inc.

TextProject, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded in 2010 in the state of California. It formalizes a decade-plus of ongoing work by its founder, president and CEO Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert, to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction.

Common Core Mathematics State Standards Learning Progression Draft
Bill McCallum (chair), Jason Zimba (co-chair) and Phil Daro (co-chair) released the first dract of the Learning Progressions Project. The project's website is http://ime.math.arizona.edu/progressions/

Here is the first public draft of the progressions project, on Number and Operations in Base Ten. We welcome any comments or suggested changes, which will be considered for the final draft. Please post comments to this thread. We will be releasing other draft progressions for elementary and middle school over the coming weeks.


Publishers Criteria for Literacy
The ELA writers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have written two documents (grades K-2 and 3-12) to guide publishers and curriculum developers in ensuring that curricular and instructional materials align with the new standards adopted by the State Board in August 2010. The documents focus on the most critical concepts of the CCSS in reading, writing, speaking and listening and language and are intended to delineate “what matters most in the standards.” 

Grades K-2
Grades 3-12