Strengthen the Core
Exercise experts tell us that the key to a strong body is a strong core .  All of our movement is supported by the muscles at the core of our body.  If you want to be healthy and fit, you need to work hard at building the core and the rest will follow.
The Common Core State Standards are a different kind of core.  They were created to define a common set of learning goals and prepare our students with the skills they will need to succeed in today's world.  The CCSS set the bar for what students should know and be able to do.  They outline a level of critical thinking and academic rigor that is a true shift from previous standards.
As we seek to plan the best possible daily instruction for students, the key is to focus on the core.  We are fortunate in Manchester to have a wide range of curricular resources and an experienced staff of teachers with great ideas to share.  These will help you as you focus on student mastery of the skills, concepts, and thinking outlined in the CCSS.  By strengthening the "Core", we will find that we are building successful lifelong learners.
The resources on this literacy website will support you as you strengthen the core.