Common Core Communication Network: Mathematics Instruction Explanation

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National PTA Common Core Video Series

Description: This video series, developed through a partnership with the Hunt Institute, was designed to educate parents on the Common Core State Standards and empower them to support the transition at school and at home. The 7th and 12th video address expectations in math.

Studies Offer Insights on Implementing Common Core

Description: Ed Week has shed some light on perceptions and expectations educators have regarding the Common Core and its implementation. The studies show that it is important for leaders to consider and make use of teacher input. The article also discusses how to navigate score drops.

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.


Common Core Math {Outside of the Box}

Description: In this blog post, a teacher using Common Core for the first time in her classroom shares worksheets she developed to help her students think “outside of the box” when it comes to math. They are great tools to help students achieve the skills Common Core expects them to gain, such as being able to explain how they arrived at a conclusion.

Introductory Videos on the Common Core State Standards

Description: Watch videos explaining the changes to math and ELA/Literacy expectations from Achieve the Core, a part of Student Achievement Partners. You can also sign up to receive updates through e-mail about the Common Core, and learn more about the Common Core depending on your position and grade level of interest.

Common Core Implementation Video Series

Description: Videos created by the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers help educators, policy makers and parents understand the Common Core and how to use it most effectively. The videos are meant to be conversation starters, advisory materials in developing curriculum, engagement tools, and support-building devices to get the community behind the district.

Learning about Common Core Resources Available for Teachers

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.

Mathematics Common Core Standards and the Concept of Focus

Description: CCSSO hosted a webinar on the Common Core mathematics. Our presenter was Ellen Whitesides, advisor for the Math SCASS.  The webinar included a presentation on the concept of focus in the Math standards, the work of the Math SCASS, and information on the Illustrative Mathematics Project.

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Shifts and Implications for Instruction

Description: Kansas EAG State Consortium project supported this webinar, which included presenter Beth Cocuzza, of Student Achievement Partners. Beth is a New Jersey mathematics educator and curriculum expert. Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization founded by three of the contributing authors of the Common Core State Standards that assembles educators and researchers to design actions based on evidence to improve student achievement. Brett Moulding, educator and curriculum director in Ogden, Utah, led the webinar discussion. The recording and presentation are provided for broad use by educators and leaders interested in learning about the key transitions to instruction and curriculum under the Mathematics Common Core Standards.

CCSSO Webinar: Introduction to the K-8 Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for Educators and Policy Makers

Description: The endorsers of the publishers' criteria — CCSSO, the National Governors Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, Achieve, and the Council of Great City Schools —  cohosted a webinar to introduce state and district curriculum leaders, education policy-makers, and teachers to the K-8 Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The Publishers' Criteria, released in July 2012, aim to support faithful CCSSM implementation by providing criteria for materials aligned to the Standards.

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.

Two New Math Programs Help Georgia Students and Teachers Meet More Rigorous Common Core State Standards

Description: The Georgia State Board of Education has reviewed and recommended two newly developed high school programs aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS): Carnegie Learning CCGPS Analytic Geometry and CCGPS Advanced Algebra. The courses deliver highly personalized mathematics learning for students of varying skill levels. The curricula are written specifically to meet the requirements of the CCGPS and to support mathematics instructors in the transition to the new common core standards.

Common Core GPS

Description: Cobb County School District shared their microsite designed to help people navigate and understand the Common Core. There are resources for educators and parents, as well as a timeline, and more topic-specific information. Cobb County Schools describe the Common Core State Standards as a way to build upon the strength of current standards to boost the competitive advantage of American students, who for the first time will have the opportunity to meet the academic standards set by top-performing countries.

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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