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Common Core Resources

LFA organizations are producing materials and guides for their members to support and guide them in the implementation process; links to some of these resources can be found below.

To read interviews with representatives of our member organizations that focus on Common Core implementation as well as commentary from our blog on Common Core, please view additional content here.

Learning First Alliance (LFA)

As part of the Get it Right campaign, LFA published a report Getting Common Core Right: What We've Learned. The piece highlights three key lessons, gleaned from interviews with state and local officials and on-the-ground practitioners, on what it will take to get Common Core right.

LFA Deputy Director Anne O'Brien has also blogged on Common Core on Edutopia. Posts include:

She also presented an edWeb webinar entitled What Every Parent Should Know About the Common Core State Standards in July 2015.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

AACTE has developed a set of resources including a webinar series, documents, guides, and more for colleges of education to support curriculum and programmatic changes to align with the new standards. Highlights include:

AASA, The School Superintendents Association

AASA's May 2014 issue of The School Administrator focuses on the Common Core. The full issue can be found here. Individual highlights are linked below.

The June 2015 issue of The School Administrator focuses on Common Core assessments. View it here.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

The AFT has a collection of Common Core resources available on its website. Some provide AFT positions, some outline key issues regarding implementation, and others redirect to external sites. Here are some examples of key AFT resources that may be particularly relevant.

The AFT Innovation Fund is also supporting local state affiliates in the rollout of Common Core - examples of state work can be found here.


ASCD has an extensive collection of Common Core resources available here. They have book recommendations, webinars, toolkits and more. Some resources are member only. Highlights include: 

ASCD also offers the Core Connection e-newsletter, sent every two weeks, which features the latest Common Core State Standards news, including state-level policy updates, information on assessments and professional development, and resources for educators. Sign up here.

Learning Forward

Learning Forward's full set of resources are available here, as part of the Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core initiative. The collection includes numerous articles from Learning Forward staff, as well as research and reports on implementation challenges, the importance of imbedded professional learning, and much more.

Specific items of interest include:

Slides from an online chat about PARCC assessments are also available.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

NAESP's resources can be found here (some are for members only) and include webinars, resources for principals relating to professional development for teachers, and links to several external sites. Some highlights, which are available to the public, include:

NAESP also dedicated the September/October 2012 issue of Principal to exploring issues around the Common Core. View it here (some items are available to the public, others are for members only).

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

NASSP has resources available on their website here (some are for members only while other items are available to the public). View an extensive set of webinars and accompanying powerpoints, as well as a series of articles for principals. Topics include moving to standards-based grading, what's new about the standards,the key to successful implementation and more.

National Education Association (NEA)

NEA has Common Core resources available on their website. They include an overview, information on NEA's involvement with the standards, a toolkit (pdf format), a policy brief and external links.

National School Boards Association (NSBA)

 NSBA's collection of statements around academic standards can be found here. NSBA's Center for Public Education has an extensive set of resources for understanding the Common Core, available here, including:

National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)

Search NSPRA's Common Core Communication Network by topic, or by resource type, depending on whether you are looking for specific content or specific ways to deliver messages. NSPRA members have access to all materials, but there are many resources available to nonmembers. Examples include:

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The National PTA has an extensive set of resources available on their website's Common Core State Standards Initiative page. They include a parent's guide to student success that outlines what students should be able to do in each grade, an issue brief, articles about Common Core, content briefs for math and reading and a growing number of state focused assessment guides for parents. Highlights include:

They have also produced College and Career Ready Standards: 5 Pillars of Successful Implementation, which describes areas of focus for successful standards-based education reforms.

Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK)

PDK International's Kappan magazine offers the Common Core Writing Project, a forum for ideas about implementing the standards. The site houses recent Kappan articles related to the issue and also provides the opportunity for educators to submit their own stories. It features practical stories of successful practice as well as advocacy pieces. Highlights include: