Now that the Common Core State Standards are coming to just about every school, what every school leader needs is a straightforward explanation that lays out the benefits of the common core in plain English and gets everyone thinking about how to transition to this promising new paradigm. In this webinar, John Kendall, author of Understanding Common Core State Standards, gave an overview of the new standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, highlighting their key aspects. He also suggested transition activities for teachers and districts to consider, including Creating a Crosswalk, which compares the content of the common core with your current standards. Developing transition documents that support deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards by using current standards as a bridge. Taking the longer view of implementing the common core systemically.
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Discover the kinds of formative and summative classroom assessments that best coordinate with the new generation of testing consortia for the Common Core State Standards. Participants will take a close look at the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments and discover how to create classroom assessments that form a balanced system that supports student learning and aligns to the Common Core State Standards. In addition, Brookhart will overview SBAC and PARCC assessments. Identify assessments shifts. Share the implications of the Common Core for school-based formative and summative assessments.
ASCD Director of Public Policy David Griffith shares in-depth information about the various effects the adoption of the Common Core State Standards have had on education policy from the Department of Education down to the school district level. Using his insight from the field, Common Core State Standards Lead Strategist Efrain Mercado shares common hurdles and questions associated with implementing the new standards.
During this session, participants will learn about the overarching priorities of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy. Alberti will discuss the major instructional shifts required by the standards, including the evidence behind the shifts. These same shifts will be represented in both consortia assessments. Additionally, Alberti will present a few recommendations regarding how to introduce changes in a thoughtful, concrete way to prepare both teachers and students for full implementation of the standards.
You don’t have to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) alone! District, school, and classroom personnel can collaborate and create communities of support toward successful implementation. In this webinar, Judy Carr will provide specific protocols and processes that attendees can use immediately. In addition, participants will: Explore questions and processes for gaining shared understanding of the standards. Discover how to become critical consumers. Learn how to use data and engage in "Data Dialogues" as a key element of collaboration. Learn how to support learners to successfully attain the CCSS.
Too often, high standards and a whole child approach are seen as opposite ends of the education spectrum. In this webinar, Molly McCloskey debunks the myth of standards versus support and shares the relationship between the Common Core State Standards and a school improvement approach that ensures each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Going beyond the silos of too many school reform efforts, this webinar will explore integration, collaboration, and comprehensive framing rooted in high expectations for student and staff achievement.
How do the Common Core English language arts standards differ from their predecessors? What do they emphasize? What are logical focus points for early implementation? The English and language arts standards depart radically from their predecessors with their insistence on text complexity and close reading skills.
This session, presented by David Liben from Student Achievement Partners, offered a look at various aspects of text complexity: how it is defined by the standards, as well as a range of measurement tools—including some newly developed and tested by the Race to the Text project—and how to use the tools for professional development. The focus on text complexity, close reading, and informational text has clear education implications as well. The presenter will examine some strategic focus areas for literacy instruction and explore ideas for bringing all constituencies to a fuller understanding of the Common Core standards and the features that make text complex.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is currently spearheading the revision of the national standards for arts education for the first time since their creation in 1994, and this presents a significant opportunity to highlight the overlap between the Common Core’s objectives and the practices of arts-based learning. Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform initiatives nationwide, it is a priority of the Coalition to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Core Arts Standards relate clearly, directly, and meaningfully to the Common Core, and that these connections are actively considered as a part of the standards writing process. In an effort to inform the work of the standards writers, College Board researchers undertook a study of the Common Core standards as they relate to arts-based learning.
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts shift the balance of literature in the elementary grades to 50 percent informational texts and 50 percent literature. This balance is important in preparing students for later grades and non-literary texts.
This document is based on an analysis that determined the sub-skills students need to achieve in each of the Foundational Skills (K–5) in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It contains five sections, each targeting one grade level in: Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition, and Fluency. It also includes instructional examples aligned to the sub-skills, giving teachers samples of activity types that facilitate acquisition of the sub-skills. Each chart includes up to three grade levels to inform instruction for students who are either struggling and need extra support or intervention, or for students performing above grade-level expectations and require enrichment, to allow a teacher to see which skills should have been mastered in the previous year and what students are preparing for in the upcoming years.
Preparing students for lifelong literacy requires their interaction with texts of appropriate type and complexity. This text selection toolkit includes: 1) a Text Selection Guideline that offers educators guidance on selecting appropriate texts for teaching and assessing specific ELA Reading standards and bundles of standards for Grades 3-12; and 2) CCSS Text Suitability Review Form that helps educators analyze specific texts according to the principles in the Guidelines. The review form guides educators through CCSS analysis to determine what instructional purposes texts will support. It also captures analysis, codings, and recommendations in a standardized format to facilitate collaboration across networks of educators.
Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute have developed a practical Common Core Implementation Workbook for all states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
The workbook uses a proven performance management methodology known as “delivery” to lay out clear action steps for states and districts. It provides relevant information, case stories of good practice, key questions and hands-on exercises for leadership teams to complete together. Regardless of your state's timeline, the workbook offers state and district leaders the means to plan for the CCSS and then drive successful implementation.
Document Publishers’ Criteria for the CCSS in ELA/Literacy for Grades K-8 Provides criteria for publishers and curriculum developers as they work to ensure alignment of materials in grades K-8 with the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and literacy for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. 9-pg PDF.
The Common Core State Standards are the result of a collaborative effort of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association for Best Practices to ensure that the nation's students will be ready to be productive and successful in college and the global workplace.
The purpose of the CCSS Mathematics Curriculum Analysis Project is to provide a set of tools that will assist K-12 textbook adoption committees, school administrators, and K-12 teachers in selecting mathematics curriculum materials that support implementation of the newly developed CCSSM. The tools are designed to provide educators with objective measures and information to guide their selection of mathematics curriculum materials based on evidence of the materialsŰŞ alignment with the CCSSM and support for implementation of the CCSSM in classrooms.
Common Core State Standards By : Rose M Marsh Ph.D.
This is a presentation of the five principles upon which the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics are built, the first of which is that upon meeting these standards, students are college-and-career ready. This video discusses the process under which the Common Core standards were developed.
Thorough explanation of the how and why of text-dependent questions for close, analytic reading. Includes examples.
The Common Core State Standards for reading strongly focus on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read. Indeed, eighty to ninety percent of the Reading Standards in each grade require text dependent analysis; accordingly, aligned curriculum materials should have a similar percentage of text dependent questions.
As the name suggests, a text dependent question specifically asks a question that can only be answered by referring explicitly back to the text being read. It does not rely on any particular background information extraneous to the text nor depend on students having other experiences or knowledge; instead it privileges the text itself and what students can extract from what is before them.
The Common Core State Standards dedicate a strand to grammar in both writing and in speaking. Students are expected to apply these formal conventions in greater and greater measure as they progress through the grades. Students must be able to use grammar well in order to be successful in their post-secondary endeavors.
Students are more likely to meet Common Core expectations for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language if they are working with texts on a regular basis. Organizing a curriculum around a series of text sets can provide those opportunities for students. This organization is supported by the PARCC Model Content Frameworks.
Developed by one of the authors of the Common Core State Standards, the seven criteria for resources outlined in this document should guide development of curriculum modules and accompanying materials. Seven criteria are: Promote Effectiveness, Quality Materials, Develop Mathematical Practices, Balance of Approach, Capacity-building, Content Alignment, Comprehensiveness.
When developing the Common Core Standards, a wide range of education professors and practitioners, as well as leaders in fields of business, identified skills that students need in order to be successful in college and career.
This module fosters a careful understanding of the Common Core State Standards math shifts. Participants take a deep dive into the major work of grades K-8, build a deeper understanding of the coherence of the Standards, and work through sample problems that reflect the "rigor" expected by the Standards.
This document sets forth an ambitious vision for the role of higher education and its collaborations with other stakeholders in working to support the effective implementation of the CCSS. The work in this discussion paper was undertaken by The Leadership Collaborative (TLC) and was supported by a Mathematics & Science Partnership grant from the National Science Foundation. The TLC is part of the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative (SMTI), an initiative of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, 125 public research universities, and 12 university systems to transform middle and high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by a new generation of world-class science and mathematics teachers.
This is a discussion of the key elements in the Common Core English Language Arts standards. It presents the five critical shifts within the standards toward: text complexity; analysis, inference and evidence; writing to sources; mastery of writing and speaking; and academic vocabulary, especially for English Learners.
While common usage of the word, text, often refers to written or printed matter, literary and cultural theory extends the term to refer to any coherent set of symbols that transmit meaning to those who know how to read them. In an age where ideas may take many forms and be expressed across different media, texts and reading take on new implications.One goal of the Flows of Reading project is to inspire teachers and students to reflect on what can be considered as reading and what kinds of reading they perform in their everyday lives. Flows of Reading introduces an expanded concept of the term, text, and models a new type of readerĺäĄŕone who reads across different media and who understands reading as an activity of sharing, deconstructing, and making meaning.We have created a rich environment designed to encourage close critical engagement not only with Moby-Dick but a range of other texts, including the childrenĺäĄ_s picture book, Flotsam; Harry Potter; Hunger Games; and Lord of the Rings. We want to demonstrate that the bookĺäĄ_s approach can be applied to many different kinds of texts and may revitalize how we teach a diversity of forms of human expression.
This report presents an in-depth discussion of the analytical methods and findings from the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project’s analysis of classroom observations. A nontechnical companion report describes implications for policymakers and practitioners. The report shares tests on five different approaches to classroom observations. Each observation instrument is designed to do two things: (1) focus an observer’s attention on specific aspects of teaching practice and (2) establish common evidentiary standards for each level of practice. Ideally, an observation instrument should create a common vocabulary for pursuing a shared vision of effective instruction.
Students often 'hit a wall' with Algebra. The Common Core Math Standards include an algebraic thinking strand beginning in kindergarten that supports later student success in formal Algebra courses.
This bibliography was developed to highlight some of the outstanding trade books published for older children and teens that can be used for the text complexity component of the CCS in grades 6-12.* All of the books have been selected based on their literary quality and other components of qualitative evaluation. Many of the books offer sophisticated narrative structures and other characteristics factored into quantitative evaluation. And the list as a whole offers a wide variety of books reflecting diversity of subject matter and style, allowing for a range of choices in matching reader to text and task.
The Common Core Math Standards free teachers to more fully address key mathematical concepts at each grade level.
The Common Core presents a careful, prescribed sequence of mathematics for elementary and middle school, but the sequence of mathematic instruction in high school has historically varied across the nation. Therefore, at the high school level, the Common Core Mathematics Standards present math subject matter and do not dictate courses. Modeling and probability/statistics is included in all math subjects.
These pages include NCSM developed materials and resources, work undertaken in collaboration with other organizations, and participating in conferences and other initiatives that promote shared understanding of the CCSS.
This webinar provides an overview of Curriculum Materials Analysis Tools recently developed by a committee led by Bill Bush at the University of Louisville. The set of three tools can assist textbook selection committees, school administrators, and K-12 teachers in the selection of curriculum materials that support implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The tools are designed to provide educators with objective measures and information to guide their selection of mathematics curriculum materials based on evidence of the materials' alignment with the CCSSM including the Standards for Mathematical Practice, grade level content, equity, technology, and assessment.
The Mathematics Common Core Standards are designed to be characterized by their coherence, so that students understand the context of their mathematics instruction and understand the subject as making sense and being highly applicable across all disciplines.
The Common Core State Standards were charged to base their work on evidence. The data revealed a mismatch between higher education and K-12 -- more mastery of fewer topics vs. covering more content. Focus means spending more time on fewer things, especially in lower grades, so that students build success upon foundational skills that they can expand and apply in later grades.
The Common Core Standards have content standards, as well as standards of practice. The standards of practice help students develop habits of mind that enable them to model mathematics to problems arising outside of the mathematics classroom. The math practice standards also ask students to use mathematics tools in flexible, sophisticated, and relevant ways across disciplines.
The writing of the mathematics standards was based upon a series of progressions in mathematics with natural tie-in points across a grade level.