Common Core Communication Network: Fact Sheets and Backgrounders

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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.

Common Sense on Common Core

Description: A fact sheet created by Change the Equation to help answer the basics about the Common Core. Learn what you need to know in this quick, easy-to-read common sense resource.

What Everyone Needs to Know about Common Core State Standards

Description: Words alone cannot explain the depth and breadth of the Common Core State Standards. That’s why CTB/McGraw-Hill has developed this illustrated infographic summarizing what everyone needs to know about Common Core State Standards and what teachers and students can do to get ready for implementation. To obtain this useful and informative infographic, McGraw-Hill requires you to register for it. In our opinion, this hurdle is worth it for the information.

Common Core State Standards Background

Description: This backgrounder, developed by the National Governors Association, shares some valuable information about the Common Core State Standards, key messages about them, and some frequently asked questions.

Learning about Common Core Resources Available for Teachers

Description: Although this isn’t exactly a resource to communicate about the Common Core, it will help you discuss what the Common Core is, why it is necessary, and how it will help students. With more than 80 resources to help educators teach math, language arts, and science, it’s a great resource to have in your back pocket.

Communicating with Stakeholders

Description: Jim Dunn shares his view of what public school communications professionals need to know about communicating Common Core State Standards to their stakeholders. He has included some talking points, areas of advice, and key information that all school PR professionals should know about CCSS.

Sample Letters

Description: If you are unsure how to share information about the Common Core with your school's parents, consider using language from this sample letter. Or, if you want to write to your state legislator urging them to support the Common Core, you can educate them on its benefits with the sample letter for legislators. There are also several quotes that you can attribute and include for teachers, to help add a voice to the letter.

What Parents Should Know

Description: This backgrounder provides parents with information about the inception, adoption, and importance of the Common Core. It shares resources for parents regarding standards for English language and math, as well as a guide for parents from the National PTA.

Common Core Mythbusters

Description: To best use the following “Myth Busters,” first find out what myths may be circulating in your community. We advise you to present the Common Core information in small bites, and then repeat the same information multiple times through different mediums.Target your early messages to your stakeholders who “get it”…and who most need factual information to use with their peer groups.

Facts as Talking Points

Description: NSPRA has developed a comprehensive list of facts that you can use in your Common Core communication efforts. This information comes "straight from the horse's mouth," from the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, as well as others.

 Map of and Information on Common Core Initiatives

Description: Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), this resource has an interactive map showing planned implementation of the Common Core by state. It explains the process for development, adoption, and implementation of the Standards.  If you click on a state, you are taken to that state’s educational standards. It also provides additional resources.

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