NSPRA's Common Core Communication Network

How to Use the Common Core Communication Network

NSPRA has searched for and organized resources for you to easily find and use to communicate about the Common Core State Standards. You can search by topic, or by resource type, depending on whether you are looking for specific content or specific ways to deliver messages. Simply click on the link you are interested in reviewing, and a new page will bring you to all resources classified in that certain group.

All the information included has been reviewed and highlighted as helpful for communicators and leaders to start telling their Common Core story. NSPRA is serving a curator role of resources in the public domain. We chose those with the most relevance to communication. We thank many of our education colleagues for the work completed to date and we have listed links to their full offerings on the Common Core.

Members Receive More

We have also included practical and relevant resources developed by NSPRA, NSPRA members or by NSPRA member districts. NSPRA members have access to all the information provided — just make sure that you signed into the website as an NSPRA member. If you have difficulty accessing the members-only section of the website, please contact Tommy Jones (tjones@nspra.org). You must be logged in as an NSPRA member to access all of these resources. If you are not a member, you will have limited access. Now may be a great time to consider joining, as you will receive access to these materials and more as a member or subscriber to NSPRA. Just click on the Become a Member section on this website.

Use the Online Discussion Board

NSPRA has also created a new online discussion board developed for school communicators to help one another with resources and answers concerning their needs to communicate the Common Core Standards. Just go to our Yahoo! group to register and then discuss the Common Core solutions you are after.

These materials are evolving, and new items will be added as they become available. For example, we plan to develop messaging for the anticipated implementation dip after the first round of assessments in the year ahead. Periodically, we will list items as new with our submission date.

Share Your Best Work

If you have a resource that you think should be added to the list, please send an e-mail to Katie Hood at khood@nspra.org with a link to the resource, and the appropriate topic(s) and/or resource type.

Special thanks to two NSPRA consultants who are working with us on this project. The first is Katie Hood, who is helping to organize, edit and implement the resources. The second is Jim Dunn, APR, who is the senior point person on this project. Jim has created many of the practical examples and templates in the members-only section of this resource.

A final note is that planning and research for the communication strategies and tactics for implementation of the Common Core is provided by NSPRA with assistance of a planning grant from the Pearson Education Foundation. We appreciate their assistance in helping us to get this resource started.

Be Proactive

With the right effort, review and analysis of these materials, you should be on your way to building better understanding about the Common Core State Standards in your school community. Do be proactive and don’t wait to react to critics and others in telling your story. If you leave a vacuum, others will surely fill it.

Rich Bagin, APR
NSPRA Executive Director

Please click on the following links to view resources organized by topic or resource type.
(NSPRA members may want to click on the sample letters, plans and toolkits to get a jump start on creating their own materials.)



Updates (new since September 30, 2015)


Frequently Asked Questions


Sample Communication Plans, Letters, Etc.






News and Opinions


Key Messages


Fact sheets/Backgrounders