Teachers play a pivotal role in shaping the minds of the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, journalists, politicians, doctors, firefighters, and business leaders. High, consistent standards gives teachers the freedom to implement their own curriculum while helping students achieve to higher and more rigorous expectations
These resources, many created by teachers and for teachers, can help navigate changes to your states’ standards.
Instructional Resources/ Tool Kits
As states, districts, and schools implement the Common Core State Standards and aligned tests, the enlightened voices of teachers, principals, and other educators are essential. We are dedicated to featuring the voices of these champions.
America Achieves Has Helpful Lesson Plans, Videos
For teachers looking for a free resource that contains videos, lesson plans, and more, check out America Achieves. There are materials for elementary, middle, and high school students.
EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core
Developed by ASCD, EduCore provides secondary teachers with high-quality teaching and learning resources aligned to the Common Core.
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.
Achieve The Core
Achieve The Core 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.
In this video teachers share why they love the Common Core State Standards and address some common myths.
Teacher of the year shares what’s different about states’ new Common Core-aligned assessments.
Advocacy/ Teacher Leadership
Collaborative Center for Teacher Leadership
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.
Common Core Math: Addressing Misconceptions
Common Core math standards have been maligned, misinterpreted, and misunderstood for quite some time. This document will help clarify some key points, due to recent media reports that may have been misleading or confusing.
Higher Ed for Higher Standards
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.
Also on our recommended reading list
Education Week: “For Parents Confused by Common-Core Math, Ask the Teacher for Help”
Liana Heitin reports: “In reporting on parents’ views about common-core math, I’ve also found that giving teachers a chance to explain their teaching methods really can sway public opinion. Many parents who are initially frustrated by common-core methods change their minds after speaking with a teacher or attending a math night for parents…” (Continue reading here.)
The 74: “Assessing the Assessments: What a Survey of America’s Top Educators Revealed About Year-End Tests”
New research conducted by State Teacher of the Year Award recipients and finalists finds PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments were preferred over several states’ old tests, writes Katherine Bassett, executive director of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. (Continue reading here.)