woodleywonderworks-dialogicThe Common Core State Standards Initiative, a state-led effort, established a single set of educational standards for K-12 in English language arts and mathematics that states may voluntarily adopt.

To date, the standards have been adopted by 45 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The initiative’s goal is simple: “…to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of [a school’s] expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and mathematics.” Common Core State Standards enable collaboration between states on a range of tools and policies, including:

  • the development of textbooks, digital media, and other teaching materials aligned to the standards,

  • the development and implementation of common comprehensive assessment systems to measure student performance annually that will replace current state testing systems, and

  • changes necessary to help support educators and schools in teaching to the new standards.

Fortunately for teachers anxious to facilitate student success in the classroom but not sure exactly where to start, a number of organizations have developed resources to explain the standards and how to implement them. The following list of fact sheets, videos, and instructional resources provide detailed information for educators, parents, and policymakers alike.

15 More Resources For Common Core Learning

  1. Common Core State Standards Initiative: The official website for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) includes general information, resources and news on the CCSS.

  2. English Language Arts and Literacy Videos, Mathematics Videos: These professional development videos were developed by the Council of the Great City Schools to provide the background for the CCSS and the three intrinsic instructional shifts in the standards.

  3. Share My Lesson: Developed by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and its British partner, TES Connect, Share My Lesson’s Common Core State Standards Information Center provides facts and statistics about the standards as well as aligned curricula and lesson plans, the latest news on Common Core, and relevant videos and links. There’s also a forum where expert advice and opinions on the standards can be accessed.

  4. Teaching Channel: A video showcase — on the Internet and on TV — featuring real teachers demonstrating innovative and effective teaching practices. The large library of videos includes information on Common Core State Standards alignment along with ancillary materials for teachers to use in their own classrooms.

  5. Common Core in Practice: Great Teachers Demonstrate Moving to Deeper Learning: A series of videos demonstrating how five teachers have successfully implemented the new standards into practice in their classrooms and the favorable response from their students.

  6. Student Achievement Partners: This nonprofit organization, founded by three of the CCSS’s contributing authors, works closely with teachers on all of the tools and resources it has developed to support successful implementation of the standards. These include handouts and PowerPoint presentations explaining the Common Core shifts, why the standards were developed and how they were designed, and ready-to-use modules containing facilitator instructions and hands-on activities.

  7. EduCore: A website created by ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) for secondary teachers that provides teaching and learning resources aligned to the Common Core, including evidence-based tools and professional development along with programs, products and services.

  8. NEA Common Core State Standards Toolkit: The National Education Association’s Common Core Working Group has three primary goals: Maintain educators’ presence throughout CCSS implementation, facilitate communication about the standards, and assist in the development of educational tools, including this interactive toolkit. It contains resources and access to forums to help prepare educators in implementing the standards. The toolkit provides general background and links to information about the CCSS as well as practical assistance and planning, along with downloadable editable materials and presentations and video resources.

The following are several state-specific websites that provide tools that may be useful for teachers tasked with implementing the CCSS across the U.S.:

Michelle Filippini is an editor and writer based out of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She received her B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and enjoys writing nonfiction as well as on issues in the educational realm; image attribution flickr user woodleywonderworks; this was provided exclusively to TeachThought by onlineschools.com