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Video Showing Teacher Support of Common Core


Close Reading Resources



Achieve the Core provides a wealth of resources

Newly redesigned, http://www.achievethecore.org provides teachers and teacher leaders with resources to implement the Common Core.

My personal favorite resources:

Three Main Sections of the ELA/Literacy Section:
  • Try This in Your Classroom - includes lesson ideas, student writing samples, assessment questions, curricular tools, strategies and materials to help educators support students at all levels of literacy, and professional development resources.
  • The Big Picture - includes information about the standards and where they came from, the shifts, professional development resources, and Common Core research.
  • Are You Doing the Core? - tools that provide specific guidance on what the CCSS look like in the classroom, instructional and assessment materials, and professional development resources.

Three Main Sections of the Mathematics Section:
  • Try This in Your Classroom - includes tasks and assessments, lessons, your grade at a glance planning materials, understanding the math tools, and professional development resources.
  • The Big Picture - includes information about the standards and where they came from, the shifts, professional development resources, and Common Core research.
  • Are You Doing the Core? - tools that provide specific guidance on what the CCSS look like in the classroom, instructional and assessment materials, and professional development resources.

TextProject.org

TextProject aims 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.
Click here to visit the site.

Core Task Project

The Core Task Project is a professional learning model that challenges assumptions and addresses the “instructional shifts.” Further, it answers the question, “What does it mean to do the Core?” Inquiry based and developed by teachers, the CTP uses Close Reading Exemplars, developed by Student Achievement Partners, as a means to refine classroom instruction so that is matched to the CCSS.

The CTP includes voices from the CCSSO, the NGA, and the standards authors through print material, video content, and podcasts. It draws educators’ attention the PARCC Content Framework and the SBAC Claims. In doing so, teachers and governance have a stronger sense of what needs to shift in order to prepare students for College and Career Readiness.

Click here to visit the site.

Teaching Channel Video: 4th Grade Math - Multiplying Whole Numbers & Fractions
The Teaching Channel provides video examples of great lessons. This lesson involves students discovering the answers to a math problem multiplying whole numbers and fractions.


Webinar Resources for Finding Free Text Collections


Recorded Webinar: Hidden Resources at Your Fingertips: How to Uncover Rich, Free Text Collections on Any Topic at any Level

Click here to view the Power Point.


Archived Webinar: A Conversation About the Common Core State Standards with Chris Lehman

If you are interested in viewing the recorded webinar, or sharing it with your colleagues, you can do so here: http://www.leadandlearn.com/resource-center/webinars/conversation-about-common-core-state-standards-chris-lehman-september-19

To access the slides, please click here: a_conversation_about_the_common_core_state_standards_with_chris_lehman.pdf

Free Online Math Assessment Modules
Click here for more information.

New Website - Common Core Explained
The NC Department of Public Instruction has launched a new site to answer questions about and provide resources for the Common Core State Standards. Visit that site at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/core-explained/.


Webmix from Jayme Linton with CCSS Resources



P21 Common Core Toolkit

The partnership for 21st Century Skills (http://www.p21.org) has released: P21 Common Core Toolkit: A guide to aligning the Common Core State Standards with the Framework for 21st Century Skills. Click here to access the document.


New Resources from the Council of Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools developed two, 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to succinctly tell the story of the Common Core State Standards to the public. The PSAs, available in both English and Spanish, were recently released and already have been viewed by more than 10 million people in just two weeks. In addition, CGCS also developed two, three-minute videos (one in English and one in Spanish) that explain the Common Core in a slightly longer form. These videos explain how the Common Core will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. These videos work particularly well for presentations to community and parent groups. For more information, please visit http://www.commoncoreworks.org/Page/378

CGC Schools also has released a 45-minute professional development video,“From the Page to the Classroom: Implementing the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy” for central office and school-based staff and teachers on the shifts in the Common Core in English language arts and literacy. The video provides background on the Common Core and the three shifts inherent in the standards. A corresponding 45-minute professional development video on the shifts in the Common Core for mathematics, “From the Page to the Classroom: Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics,” also is available. This video emphasizes the three shifts inherent in the standards for mathematics education and features Jason Zimba. For more information, please visit http://www.commoncoreworks.org/Page/345

CGCS also has developed content and grade-specific parent roadmaps that provide detailed information for parents about the expectations of the Common Core in English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics. These roadmaps include examples of grade-level focus in the content area using parent-friendly language, sample progressions of learning across three grade levels in the Common Core, and tips to parents on communicating with teachers about their child’s work and how to support student learning at home. CGCS completed the high school-level guides in February 2013, completing the set of guides from K-12 in English language arts and mathematics. More translations will follow throughout the school year.

K-12 Parent Guides for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy:
English
Spanish

K-12 Parent Guides for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics:
English
Spanish

Please visit http://www.commoncoreworks.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=330 for more information.


New Common Core Resources from CCSSO

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has announced the release of an updated edition of the Common Core Implementation Tools and Resources Guide. CCSSO developed this list of free tools and resources to point states, districts and educators toward promising ideas and tools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. This guide is free, and educators are welcome to distribute this document widely and post it directly to their own websites.

http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2012/Common_Core_Resources.pdf.



Support Videos for the Common Core in Mathematics

The Southeast Comprehensive Center developedCommon Core State Standards (CCSS) videos to support states, schools and teachers in the implementation of the new standards. The videos were created in collaboration with the states in the Southeast Comprehensive Center region based on their need for professional development support for the implementation of the Common Core. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one or more specific standards and usually includes examples/illustrations geared toward enhancing understanding. The intent of each content-focused video is to clarify the meaning of the individual standard rather than to be a guide on how to teach each standard, although the examples can be adapted for instructional use.
http://secc.sedl.org/common_core_videos/.


AIMS Common Core Math Standards Alignment and Sources
Click here to access this document.


Text Exemplar Documents
Click here to access these documents on the NC Public Schools website.


Simplifying Text Complexity




Common Core Unit Template
Developed by Mike King: http://www.scribd.com/doc/58929340/Common-Core-Unit-Development-Template#fullscreen


Article: Making the Shift
http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec12/vol70/num04/Making-the-Shifts.aspx


Achieve Resources
Click on the link below for additional information. Achieve publishes national and state reports as well as policy briefs, surveys, and white papers that focus on preparing all students for college and careers. All of these publications are available to the public for free in PDF format.
http://www.achieve.org/publications


Mathematical Test Preview
Bird and Dinosaur Eggs


Text Complexity Resources
Standard 10 of the Common Core State Standards focuses on increasing students’ capacity with complex text across the school years to ensure that they will be able to read the kinds of necessary texts they will encounter in higher education and in their careers. Below are several links from TextProject to assist LEAS and charter schools as they begin addressing text complexity in schools.
http://www.textproject.org/library/presentations/the-common-core-state-standard-of-text-complexity/
http://www.textproject.org/assets/library/powerpoints/Hiebert_2011-10-18_Text%20Complexity-and-How-it-Applies-in-the-Classroom.pdf
http://www.textproject.org/assets/library/papers/Hiebert-2011-Text-Complexity-Lexiles.pdf
MORE INFO: Julie Joslin, Julie.Joslin@dpi.nc.gov


NYT Article Offers Text Structure Ideas
A recent article that appeared in the New York Times Education segment focused on strategies for helping students understand “text structures” in the Common Core State Standards. To view this helpful article, visit http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/compare-contrast-cause-effect-problem-solution-common-text-types-in-the-times/.


Helpful Links


Blog: Tools for the Common Core Standards
Click on the picture below to visit this blog.
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Video Resources for the Common Core

Video created on Xtranormal by Orange County Schools


Video created by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools - making the case for the Common Core





Engage NY Resources for Common Core State Standards
http://engageny.org/common-core/

ELA Instructional Shifts

SHIFT 1: PK-5: Balancing Information/Literature from EngageNY on Vimeo.


SHIFT 2: Building Knowledge in the Disciplines from EngageNY on Vimeo.


SHIFT 3: Staircase of Complexity from EngageNY on Vimeo.


SHIFT 4: Text-based Answers from EngageNY on Vimeo.


SHIFT 5: Writing from Sources from EngageNY on Vimeo.


SHIFT 6: Academic Vocabulary from EngageNY on Vimeo.


Math Instructional Shifts

THE COMMON CORE IN MATHEMATICS/Shift 1: Focus from EngageNY on Vimeo.


THE COMMON CORE IN MATHEMATICS: Shifts 2-6 from EngageNY on Vimeo.