There are so many wonderful resources to help understand Common Core. We have compiled some that we have found most helpful.
Parents always have been and always will be a primary influence in a child’s education. That’s why Common Core was created with input from parents around the country. Now parents who move across the country will have the confidence that their children will have learned the same concepts in the same grade as other students. These resources provide factual information to help parents navigate the implementation of higher standards.
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.
Business leaders need a a globally competitive workforce to tackle the challenges of a more globally integrated economy. That’s why business leaders like the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable support Common Core standards — they know that higher standards will make graduates college- and career-ready. State lawmakers support Common Core because it is a state-led effort to raise education standards for kids in their states and across the country. Policymakers know that the combination of higher standards and local control over curriculum is a recipe for graduates that are better prepared for either college or careers.
This site, 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.
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.
While support for Common Core runs through all political spectrums, the Foundation for Excellence in Education created Conservatives for Higher Standards to lay out the conservative arguments in favor of Common Core, and demonstrate the strong support for the higher standards among Republican leaders, such as Gov. Christie and former Govs. Bush and Huckabee.
An Idaho business community comprised of more than 30 diverse stakeholders strongly endorsed the Common Core State Standards and formed a coalition called Idahoans for Excellence in Education to support high standards. This case study from Idaho illustrates how teamwork, transparency, and inclusion can mitigate concerns from critics of high, consistent standards like the Common Core.