The Common Core State Standards

Updated, November 2012 Links checked, April 2013 You’ve probably heard a lot about this new initiative in education called the Common Core State Standards(CCSS). What’s it all about? How does it relate to you as an educator, administrator, or parent? How does it apply to students, especially those with disabilities? This resource page will help you find answers to questions such as these.Overview of the CCSSWhat’s happening in your state?How … [Read more...]

Common Core lesson plans from the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Education offers educators lessons and resources aligned to state and Common Core standards for subjects like arts and design, science and technology, history and culture, and language arts. Through a great set of drop-down menus, you can select the standards you want (Common Core, or any state's standards), the grades you're interested in (K-12), and the subject area (there are 11 choices here). All totaled? There are more than 2,000 … [Read more...]

Achieve the Core website

Now THIS is one terrific resource: the website called Achieve the Core. The site provides free, high-quality resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing the Common Core State Standards. The site's resources are divided into 3 areas: (a) Steal These Tools (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page, so you'll really see the tools being offered); You're Got to Read This (again, look over the entire page to see if anything there … [Read more...]

What high school parents should know about the Common Core

Kelsey Sheet of US News & World Report produced this helpful cheat-sheet for parents, many of whom know little about the new standards.  (posted December 17, 2012) … [Read more...]

Common Core | In Spanish!

The Common Core Translation Project has translated the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Math to Spanish. The project also translated California's standards. The results are available at the link below. (posted March 4, 2013) … [Read more...]

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