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Common Core

System Supports Necessary for Implementation of the Common Core

Instructional resources are critical for teachers to implement the standards, but teachers need additional supports for a coherent transition to the new standards.  Long-term, consistent support for and commitment to educators’ professional learning is fundamental.  While educators will ultimately lead the successful transition to the new standards, school districts and policymakers play an important role in empowering and supporting educators.

  • Empowering educators means creating the time and space for peer-to-peer professional learning, collaboration and planning. State and school district must invest in teacher release time to modify or develop new units and lessons, and to facilitate multiple opportunities for teachers to observe other teachers in classroom practice.
  • Empowering educators means creating the opportunity to explore, design and modify curriculum and assessment to best reflect the content of Common Core, and for the purpose of informing rich, high-quality instruction and student learning.
  • Great teaching, not the Common Core Standards themselves, will ultimately transform student learning. We must address large class sizes and balance increasing demands on educators’ time and expertise to unlock this potential in every classroom.

Resources for Teaching to the Common Core Standards

One promise for adopting the Common Core standards is the ability to share resources across state boundaries, school districts and among teachers.  A number of resources and supporting materials are emerging to assist teachers and school districts with implementation.   Key resources are listed below which provide examples of grade level materials including lesson plans, units of instruction and teaching practices around the Common Core.  A highlight is the NEA “Better Teacher Project” which shares best practices for implementing the standards.  OEA will continue to update the site and provide you resources that can help you and your colleagues with implementation.

Resources

1. General Resources for "Understanding" the Common Core Standards

2. Resources for “Implementing” the Common Core Standards

  • NEA Better Teacher Project
    BetterLesson and the NEA have partnered to create the NEA Master Teacher Project, a revolutionary effort to highlight and share the best teaching practices around the Common Core.
  • Achieve the Core
    Free, high-quality resources for educators to implement the Common Core State Standards.
  • Searchable Database of Tasks, Units and Student Work (NYC Department of Education)
    Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work developed by NYC educators and national experts by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard.
  • The Teaching Channel
    Find over 100 video examples of Common Core instruction on The Teaching Channel website by clicking on "Common Core" on the left hand menu.

3. Resources for Implementing English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards

  • Rubric for Assessing ELA Lessons
    The Tri-State Collaborative has developed criterion-based rubrics and review processes to evaluate the quality of lessons and units intended to address the CCSS for Mathematics and ELA/Literacy.
  • ELA Toolkit
    The purpose of the ELA Toolkit is to assist teachers in implementing the Common Core in their classrooms. The toolkit uses a sequential process and is organized into three phases: Awareness & Transition, Implementation, and Evaluate & Refine.
  • Achieve the Core for ELA
    These tools provide specific guidance for what the CCSS for ELA/literacy looks like in planning and practice. They are designed as developmental tools for teachers and those who support teachers.
  • Test Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks
    Text exemplars illustrate CCSS high-quality grade-level texts intended for all students and the application of sample texts to sample performance task.
  • Assessment Resources (Smarter Balanced)
    Find links to sample items and tasks for students, training tests, and sample items for teachers that can be used to design classroom tasks that will prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
  • See The Teaching Channel website listed above additional ELA resources

4. Resources for Implementing the Math Common Core Standards

  • Rubric for Assessing Math Lessons
    The Tri-State Collaborative has developed criterion-based rubrics and review processes to evaluate the quality of lessons and units intended to address the CCSS for Mathematics and ELA/Literacy.
  • CCSS Toolkit for Math
    The purpose of the Mathematics Toolkit is to assist teachers in implementing the Common Core in their classrooms. The toolkit uses a sequential process and is organized into three phases: Awareness & Transition, Implementation, and Evaluate & Refine.
  • Study the Standards at Your Grade
    The materials on this page were developed by other CCSS states to assist their teachers in more deeply understanding the standards.
  • Progressions for CCSSM
    Progression documents can explain why standards are sequenced the way they are, point out cognitive difficulties and pedagogical solutions, and give more detail on particularly knotty areas of the mathematics.
  • Searchable Database of Tasks, Units and Student Work
    Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work developed by NYC educators and national experts by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard
  • WiKi-Teacher
    The lesson plans, unit plans, centers, textbook supplements, and other resources found on Wiki-Teacher are created and shared by educators. Resources contributed to the site are reviewed by content experts and peer-rated by all of the members of Wiki-Teacher. Users can create an account free of charge.
  • Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
    This project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support U.S. schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS).
  • Assessment Resources for CCSS (Smarter Balanced)
    Find links to sample items and tasks for students, training tests, and sample items for teachers that can be used to design classroom tasks that will prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
  • The Problems of the Month (Inside Mathematics)
    The Problems of the Month are designed to be used school-wide to promote a problem-solving theme. The problem is divided into five levels, Level A through E, to allow access and scaffolding for the students into different aspects of the problem and to stretch students to go deeper into mathematical complexity.
  • See The Teaching Channel website listed above additional math resources