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)
Over a five week period in spring 2016, the Learning First Alliance brought together a group of educators--teachers, principals, administrators, specialists, academics and others--to talk about the state--and future--of college- and career-ready standards. Their advice? Stay the course, let them do their jobs away from the political fray, build better communications systems and make the sustained investments needed to help them and students succeed. Read more about this first-of-a-kind working group: http://www.learningfirst.org/whereweareandwhereweregoing
In January 2015, 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:
- Common Core in Action: Reviving the Civic Mission of Schools
She also presented an edWeb webinar entitled What Every Parent Should Know About the Common Core State Standards in July 2015.
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:
- College- and Career-Ready Standards and ESSA (panel discussion, June 2016)
- Is Common Core Impossible? Learn How Educator Preparation Providers in Kentucky Successfully Implemented the Standards (webinar recording, October 2015)
- Preparing Teacher Candidates for Common Core State Standards in Mathematics: The Sequel (webinar recording)
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.
- Common Core and Other State Standards (released June 2014)
- How to Talk Publicly About the Common Core
- The Common Core Cs of Change
- Curricula for the Common Core
The June 2015 issue of The School Administrator focuses on Common Core assessments. View it here.
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.
- Common Core Classroom Resources
- Assessing Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
- Assessing Alignment to the Common Core State Standards: A Curriculum Review Tool for Mathematics; English Language Arts
- Debunking Myths
The AFT Innovation Fund is also supporting local state affiliates in the rollout of Common Core - examples of state work can be found here.
CoSN offers resources to support the transition to online assessments as well as to address issues of digital equity. Highlights include:
- Raising The BAR: Becoming Assessment Ready: Case Studies, which details how three school districts are preparing for high-stakes online assessments
- Digital Equity Action Toolkit, which offers historical context and addresses broader implications of household connectivity while sharing actions and approaches school districts can take to pursue digital equity
ISTE offers books for purchase as well as free online articles related to standards implementation. They include:
- Meeting the Common Core Technology Standards, K-2, a 2016 book showing teachers how to integrate the tech-related language found within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their everyday curriculum, outlining CCSS standards for grades K-2 and providing classroom-tested lesson examples that harness a robust list of software, websites, and apps.
- 7 Ways to Address Common Core Tech Standards, an article helping teachers get started meeting the Common Core technology standards
- Tech Out Your Class: 6 Projects to Meet Common Core & ISTE Standards, a 2016 book walking educators through six technology-rich, customizable projects aligned to Common Core and ISTE Standards, including how educators can use screencasting — which allows you to record a voiceover while sharing your screen — in their work.
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:
- Comprehensive Professional Learning System: A Workbook for Districts and States
- Guiding District Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Innovation Configuration Maps
- School-based Professional Learning for Implementing the Common Core
- Meet the Promise of Content Standards: Professional Learning Required
Slides from an online chat about PARCC assessments are also available.
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:
- New Common Core Briefs Highlight Shifts in Instruction, Assessments (Communicator, January 2014)
- Common Core Implementation Checklist for Principals
- Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Principal Action Brief
- Twelve Key Common Core Shifts: Action Steps for Principals
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).
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.
- Policy Recommendations for College & Career Ready Standards in Secondary Schools (released June 2014)
- Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of a Secondary School Leader
- The Principal as Curriculum Leader
- The Principal Difference Blog
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.
- Common Core State Standards Toolkit
- 5 Facts: Making Common Sense of the Common Core
- Common Core State Standards: A Tool for Improving Education
- CC Better Lesson (External site, with over 3000 Common Core aligned classroom lessons for K-12)
NSBA's Center for Public Education has an extensive set of resources for understanding the Common Core, available here, including:
- Testing Common Core (American School Board Journal, February 2015)
- Understanding the Common Core State Standards: What are they - what are they not
- Halfway There: Implementing the Common Core State Standards (webinar)
- Governing to the Core (three issues briefs from the California School Boards Association): The Common Core, Setting Direction for Common Core, and Acquiring Instructional Materials
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:
- Common Core Communication Network: New Content
- Common Core Mythbusters
- Projected Low Test Scores and What to Do and Say about Them
- Dealing with Critics
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:
- State Assessment Guides
- Parents' Guide to Student Success
- Common Core Video Series
- Common Core and Data Collection
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.