Resources for Teachers
Teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the minds of the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, journalists, politicians, doctors, firefighters, and business leaders. Common Core gives teachers the freedom to implement their own curriculum while helping students achieve higher and more rigorous standards. These resources, many created by teachers and for teachers, will help educators across the country more effectively implement Common Core in their classrooms.
Californians Dedicated to Education (CDE) has produced a toolkit, "to support communicators in framing the issues that surround Common Core implementation." The toolkit contains talking points, frequently asked questions, and other materials to help communicate the importance of Common Core. There is also a helpful video.
Partners in California have put together a communications toolkit for teachers. "This communication toolkit is intended to help bridge the gap between classroom learning and the community’s information. Using the materials provided here, teachers, administrators and others can inspire parents to understand the new core learning standards and become champions for their child’s education." While focused on California, much of the information is transferable to other states. In addition, they have a website, Embrace the Core, dedicated to news and resources about California's Common Core State Standards. See the toolkit. See Embrace the Core.
Common Core is working in Montana, and teachers are excited to see children thriving. This is the message of the Montanans for the Common Core Video Project. You can follow along at Twitter with the hashtag #MTforCore. For more information, visit the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
The National Urban League has developed a toolkit for parents and advocates to support the Common Core, including state-specific fact sheets for several states. The site also discusses why the National Urban League supports Common Core.
Higher Ed for Higher Standards is a growing coalition of college and university leaders from across the country who believe that college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, are critical to improving student success in K-12 and beyond.
The Teaching Channel and Achieve partnered to produce these videos, which introduce Achieve's EQuIP Peer Review process and provide an in-depth look at real teachers using the mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) rubrics to evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units.
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year has created a platform, the Collaborative Center for Teacher Leadership, where educators, and those interested in education, can come together to explore a topic in depth, exchange ideas about a specific topic, find other educators interested in the same topics, share lesson plans, and more.
America Achieves’ Common Core website features a full library of videos that exemplify the key shifts that Common Core brings to classroom pedagogy. The website also includes editable lesson plans, professional development to help teachers assess the quality of resources, and links to other great resources.
CCSSO, Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners recently developed a Toolkit for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials, which contains interrelated, freely available instruments for evaluating alignment to the CCSS. Each tool supports the expectations in the CCSS and derives from the Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards.
Get to the Core, produced by Stand for Children, walks through what the standards are, and how they are being implemented in each state. The site also give information for teachers, including the voices of teachers speaking about how Common Core has helped them in their classroom.
AchieveTheCore.org offers a variety of free, high-quality materials to help educators align their instruction to the Common Core State Standards and raise student achievement. Resources include materials and guides aligned to the standards, essential actions for school and district leaders, and professional development modules.
Designed by the Council of Great City Schools, the CGCS Calendar of Questions was designed by to help guide effective and high-quality implementation of the Common Core. The publication helps district officials and school administrators focus their efforts by posing various questions to consider throughout the year, before the school year, and throughout each month to assist in efforts to plan and monitor implementation.
Another great resource for teachers, the Teaching Channel offers a free library of high-quality videos featuring real teachers demonstrating their best educational practices. The large library of Common Core standards videos includes tags that specify the exact standards to which a lesson is aligned.