Common Core Communication Network: Guidebooks

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Understanding the Common Core Curriculum: A Guide for Parents

Description: As Common Core implementation rolls out, it is important to educate parents on the curriculum. Scholastic has developed a guide to help parents understand what the Common Core means for their children.

Leadership Planning Guide: Common Core State Standards and Assessments Implementation

Description: The purpose of this guide is to offer essential considerations and recommended first steps for each of the ten key components. These steps represent where the main challenges are most likely to be found, and the steps that need to be thought through in implementing the CCSS and new assessments.

Common Core State Standards: State Spotlights

Description: This guidebook provides examples of how states are aligning existing standards with Common Core standards, how they plan to implement the program, and how they are supporting educators with the transition. It also provides examples of how to engage your community in supporting the standards. The organization (CCSSO) believes that through system alignment and systems change, educator supports, student supports, and communication/engagement, education can improve through these new standards.

Parent Roadmap: Supporting Your Child in [Grade Level] [Mathematics/Language Arts]

Description: The Council of Great City Schools developed guidebooks for parents to be more supportive and understanding of the education their children will face in each grade level and for mathematics and language arts. This way, they are better able to help their children at home to understand the concepts they learn at school. It also develops a stronger sense of partnership for parents and educators.

Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

Description: The purpose of this framework is to help school systems design their English Language Proficiency programs to meet the standards put forth by the CCSS and the NGSS. Not only will it meet these new standards, but it also helps to prepare students for college and careers. It explains what states are doing and how expectations differ for English Language Learners.

Parents' Guide to Student Success

Description: National PTA® created the guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics). The Guide includes key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented, activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning, methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher, and tips for planning for college and career (high school only).

Bryant Public Schools Common Core Website

Description: Bryant Public Schools has put together a website to explain the Common Core to its constituents. The Arkansas school district has broken down information by grade level, information for parents, tools and templates, and professional development. This resource gives a full understanding of what the Common Core looks like in Arkansas, so communicators can accurately discuss it.

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