Common Core Communication Network: Briefs

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Getting Common Core Right: What We’ve Learned

Description: The Learning First Alliance (LFA), has launched a campaign called Get It Right, an initiative focused on what states and districts are doing to “get it right” when it comes to the Common Core. This report helps highlight three key findings LFA has discovered since the campaign began.

Put Our Children 1st: Common Core for Common Goals

Description: The National Urban League Wire has published resources to help parents learn more and advocate for the Common Core. With a map, backgrounder, Q&A, and key messages, this succinct brief allows parents to quickly become familiar with what the Common Core is and how it will benefit their students.

Leadership for Common Core

Description: NAESP recently conducted two surveys to better understand how more than 1,000 K-12 principals in states implementing the Common Core truly feel about the reform. Discover what they had to say in the two briefs available in this resource.

Teachers in Common Core States "Enthusiastic" about Implementation

Description: A report from Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that most teachers are aware of the Common Core State Standards and the majority is enthusiastic about their implementation in states where they will be implemented. This is just a selected preview of what the full report reveals. The full report will be made available in the coming months.

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Professional Development for Teachers and Principals

Description: This report, based on spring 2013 survey of state education agency officials in Common Core-adopting states, provides information on state efforts to prepare teachers and principals. The report examines which entities are providing Common Core related-professional development services within the states, the estimated proportion of teachers and principals that have participated in such services, and the challenges that states face in preparing educators to teach a Common Core-aligned curricula.

The Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications – Executive Summary

Description: Learn what you need to know about Smarter Balanced technology requirements, including hardware and software requirements, additional requirements, and anticipated end-of-support dates so you can plan your technology budget for the future.

Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability

Description: A report from ASCD outlines findings from four state summits and offers key recommendations for action regarding the Common Core. The statewide summits provided information about what educators knew about the Standards and what else they needed to know. ASCD, a supporter of the Common Core, sees the program's potential to prepare every student for college, career, and citizenship.

Connecting High-Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities and the Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success

Description: This brief created by the CCSSO explores ways that the Common Core State Standards help expand learning opportunities for all learners. Through research, the group has found ways to help improve education for all students, no matter where they live or how many times they move. This brief shares that information and helps educators teach better, resulting in students learning better.

Trends in State Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Communications

Description: The second brief in a four-part series on CCSS implementation focuses on communicating the need for, and a vision of, reform.  Governors should engage parents and education, community, business and philanthropy leaders by: Delivering a message to the public about the importance of the CCSS and the changes to expect; coordinating communications efforts and building a diverse coalition of support; and measuring the effectiveness of those communications efforts.

Trends in State Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Educator Effectiveness

Description: This first brief in a four-part series on CCSS implementation, focuses on policies to build the effectiveness of educators through preparation programs, licensure/certification, evaluations and professional development.

Executive Briefing on the Common Core

Description: NSPRA has prepared a succinct executive briefing, explaining the Common Core and its importance in college and career readiness. If you're looking for a short, two to three page description to give your boss the need-to-know facts, this is it.

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