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6th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
6th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 6th Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

2nd Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
2nd Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 2nd Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Research Says Column “Make Standards Engaging”  by Bryan Goodwin
Research Says Column “Make Standards Engaging” by Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin address the following question in this February 2012 article: "Do all students have the necessary motivation to succeed in more demanding classes?"

Instruction That Measures Up: Successful Teaching in the Age of Accountability
Instruction That Measures Up: Successful Teaching in the Age of Accountability

Teaching in today’s schools is different, and teachers have to know what to do to help their students come out as winners in a test-pressured environment. Here’s a book that explains how to do that with a practical framework for teaching in the accountability age.

Writing a LDC Module
Writing a LDC Module

To assist you with writing your LDC module, watch these videos of Lee Kappes giving an in-depth walk-through of the content in them. These videos and documents provide the structure for creating student tasks in literacy, along with an overview of template tasks and how they are designed. Select from over 29 template task for the foundation of your LDC module.

Grade 4: Number & Operations in Base Ten
Grade 4: Number & Operations in Base Ten

This video explains how to determine the value of a number by using a place-value chart and arrow cards. In particular, this video covers place value as it relates to larger, multidigit numbers. This video addresses CSS 4.nbt.1: Recognize that in a multidigit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

Heredity and Variation: Inheritance (first in series)
Heredity and Variation: Inheritance (first in series)

Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of three Science Objects in the Heredity and Variation SciPack. It explores the historical perspective and experiments of Mendel. Sexual reproduction results in the continuity of species accompanied with a great deal of variation in physical traits. One familiar observation is that offspring are very much like their parents but still show some variation— differing somewhat from their parents and from one another. People have long been curious about heredity, using even the most primitive understanding of inheritance to cultivate desirable traits in domesticated species. In the 1800s, Gregor Mendel took his observations of heredity and variation to new heights through carefully designed and executed breeding experiments that generated repeatable inheritance patterns. Mendel developed a model for explaining the patterns he observed, describing discrete units or “particles,” which both segregate and assort independently of one another during inheritance. This model offered a foundational explanation for how variation is generated through sexual reproduction. Although Mendel’s model over-simplified how traits are inherited and expressed, it set the stage for the discoveries of chromosomes and genes from which contemporary genetics grew. Learning Outcomes: Explain how domestication of plants and animals produced an early understanding of inheritance. Use Mendel’s model to explain patterns of inheritance represented in graphic form (for example, data tables, histograms, etc.). Identify the conditions required for an inheritance pattern to be explained correctly by Mendel’s model. Use data representing patterns of inheritance to support the idea that some observable traits are defined by discrete units of inheritance that segregate and assort independently of one another during inheritance.

"What Students Really Need to Learn" by Lynne Munson
"What Students Really Need to Learn" by Lynne Munson

In this March 2011 article, Lynne Munson cites research from 2007 to 2009 when arguing for the inclusion of liberal arts recognition in national standards and a focus on content over skills.

Improving Teaching and Learning Through Instructional Rounds
Improving Teaching and Learning Through Instructional Rounds

This article outlines the Four-Step process for implementing successful classroom observations, proposed in the book: Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2009).

Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement
Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement

Based on 10 years of research in more than 300 schools, the authors lay out a blueprint for curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Lesson plans, teaching practices, and assessment tools from real classrooms show how to ensure that standards stay focused on meaningful education.

"Coming Soon: A New Generation of Assessments" : by Nancy A. Doorey
"Coming Soon: A New Generation of Assessments" : by Nancy A. Doorey

Nancy A. Doorey chronicles how two Common Core assessment consortia were created. Doorey explains why the U.S. Department of Education funded both the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). She goes on to compare the two consortia, giving overviews of each and comparing key similarities and differences between the two.

ASCD and NSTA
ASCD and NSTA

Learn more about how NSTA and EduCore will be working together to bring you up-to-date science resources.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: English
Implementing the Common Core State Standards: English

Through close examination of the English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy standards, this one-day institute engages you in activities to understand the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the resources and processes available to support their implementation. The presenter explains key concepts essential to a successful adoption.

What are Classroom Challenges?
What are Classroom Challenges?

Classroom Challenges, developed by the Mathematics Assessment Project (MARS), include both problem-solving and content development formative assessment lessons. Here you can access lesson plans, student materials, PowerPoint slides, and other resource materials to facilitate the implementation of the Classroom Challenges in support of the Common Core State Standards.

“In Defense of Mathematical Foundations” by W. Stephen Wilson
“In Defense of Mathematical Foundations” by W. Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson argues that past math standards have tended to shortchange arithmetic. He makes a case that the a mastery of arithmetic is just what students need to succeed in higher-level math

“Just How I Need to Learn It” by Cheryl Becker Dobbertin
“Just How I Need to Learn It” by Cheryl Becker Dobbertin

In this February 2012 article, Cheryl Becker Dobbertin writes that consistent learning targets, differentiated activities, and hands-on projects set up each learner for success. She explains how differentiating instruction based on learning targets enables teachers to maintain rigorous learning for all students and by using differentiation in concert with assessment practices teachers can ensure equity and access in heterogeneous classrooms.

The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core
The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core

This book's research-based strategies will help you respond to the demands of the Common Core State Standards, particularly the English language arts standards that affect every subject area and grade level.

3rd Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
3rd Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 3rd Grade Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

9-10th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
9-10th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 9-10th Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

The Common Core Insider: Elementary and Middle School Math (DVD)
The Common Core Insider: Elementary and Middle School Math (DVD)

Released in 2010, the Common Core Standards were designed to raise and align student achievement in the United States and give students greater focus and coherence in mathematics. The standards aim to give students a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics and prepare them for college and careers in mathematics. This video explores how educators and school leaders are implementing strategies in the classroom to meet the Common Core Math Standards, both math practices and math content. In-depth profiles of teachers and math coaches, along with practical classroom examples will show how elementary and middle schools are meeting the challenges of the new Common Core directives. The video will also feature comments from students to reveal how increased verbal fluency in tackling math problems improves comprehension and meets multiple Common Core standards (real-life application, ability to reason and critique others, precision, and modeling, et al.). Featuring two schools, a middle school in San Jose, California (Ida Price Middle School) and an elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland (Georgian Forest Elementary School) this video shows how collaborative teaching, professional development, formative assessment, and technology help meet the goals of Common Core State Standards for math. Teachers explain how these strategies inform their curriculum and help prepare students for testing, college, and careers in mathematics.

Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards: Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms
Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards: Strategies for Success in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms

How can you teach all students to achieve at the same high standards and still respect and accommodate their differences? This book answers that question and introduces you to a field-tested framework for teaching that ensures that inclusion and differentiated instruction are in harmony with standards-based education. If you're striving to teach a standards-based curriculum in a classroom with English language learners, students from culturally diverse backgrounds, or students with disabilities, this book has the comprehensive approach you need.

Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom
Brain-Friendly Strategies for the Inclusion Classroom

Judy Willis explains the research on how to build safe and supportive classroom communities for students with learning disabilities, improve the focus of students with attention disorders, and create a rich learning environment for all students.

Literacy Matters—Gates Foundation
Literacy Matters—Gates Foundation

Watching Literacy Matters is like being a fly on the wall in Sara Ballute's classroom, or at least, looking on from the back of the room to see her Industrial Revolution LDC module and its impact on students.

Grade 3: Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Grade 3: Operations & Algebraic Thinking

This video teaches you how to name a multiplication number sentence by counting the rows and columns of its array. This video addresses CCSS 3.oa.5: Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

Standards for High School English Language Arts: A Quick-Start Guide
Standards for High School English Language Arts: A Quick-Start Guide

High school teachers and leaders with responsibility for English language arts (ELA) need this handy guide to successfully implement the Common Core in their respective grade levels.

"Closing in on Close Reading" by Nancy Boyles
"Closing in on Close Reading" by Nancy Boyles

What is close reading? Why close reading now? Nancy Boyles answers these questions and explains how teachers can take concepts off the page and into their elementary school classrooms by implementing three practices: using shorter texts, aiming for independence, and focusing on analyzing and observing.

“Teach Up for Excellence” by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Edwin Lou Javius
“Teach Up for Excellence” by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Edwin Lou Javius

Carol Ann Tomlinson and Edwin Lou Javius argue that all students deserve equitable access to an engaging and rigorous curriculum in this February 2012 article. Read how the seven principles of teaching up can create classrooms that give students equal access to excellence

Perspectives Column (“What’s Next? Are We Ready?”) by Deborah Perkins-Gough
Perspectives Column (“What’s Next? Are We Ready?”) by Deborah Perkins-Gough

This article by Deborah Perkins-Gough highlights the articles in the April 2012 issue of Educational Leadership. She poses two questions that are addressed in the magazine: "Should we point all students to college?" and "Is our increased focus on college and career readiness undermining the civic role of education?"

“Adolescent Literacy: More than Remediation” by Gina Biancarosa
“Adolescent Literacy: More than Remediation” by Gina Biancarosa

In this March 2012 article, Gina Biancarosa argues that the heart of adolescent literacy reform must be ensuring that students leave high school with the reading and writing skills they need to thrive in the 21st century career and college landscape, rather than just focusing on remediation.

Perspectives Column: “The Core Question” by Marge Scherer
Perspectives Column: “The Core Question” by Marge Scherer

In this March 2011 article, Jane L. David explains the research behind high-stakes testing and the relationship between testing and meaningful learning.

Schooling by Design: Mission, Action, and Achievement
Schooling by Design: Mission, Action, and Achievement

Create your school's mission and goals to identify desired results with help from UbD™ framework authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.

Common Core Standards for High School Mathematics: A Quick-Start Guide
Common Core Standards for High School Mathematics: A Quick-Start Guide

Shifting your high school's math program to new Common Core standards is much easier when teachers and leaders have this handy guide.

PD Online: English Language Learners and the Common Core State Standards
PD Online: English Language Learners and the Common Core State Standards

To successfully acquire both proficiency in English and content area knowledge, many English language learners (ELLs) require additional time, instructional support, and aligned assessments. In this course, you'll explore instructional and assessment strategies teachers can apply to their classrooms to support ELLs' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as they work to acquire knowledge and skills aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Through video examples, in-depth readings, and downloadable applications, you'll learn practical ways to help your ELLs attain rigorous grade-level expectations for literacy and mathematics, preparing them for college and careers.

2nd Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
2nd Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 2nd Grade Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

"How the Common Core Boosts Quality and Equality" by William H. Schmidt and Nathan A. Burroughs
"How the Common Core Boosts Quality and Equality" by William H. Schmidt and Nathan A. Burroughs

Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. In this article from the December2012/January 2013 issue of Educational Leadership, the authors explain how the standards address two problems in U.S. education: quality and equality, specifically related to the subject of mathematics.

PD Online: The Common Core Standards and the Understanding by Design Framework: Mathematics
PD Online: The Common Core Standards and the Understanding by Design Framework: Mathematics

In The Common Core Standards and the Understanding by Design Framework: Mathematics, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins explain the relationship between this standards movement and the Understanding by Design® (UbD™) template for planning units of instruction. The nature of the Common Core standards and their focus on understanding and practical application of knowledge and skills coincides with the way the UbD™ framework was designed. Through in-depth video presentations, McTighe and Wiggins will demonstrate why it is essential to closely read the standards document and show you alternative ways to unpack and group standards to optimize your instructional strategies. They introduce the new Template 2.0 as a practical and proven tool for unit planning with the standards. McTighe then covers each of the three stages of unit planning and walk through the thinking processes required to carefully and thoughtfully plan units in math. The exemplar unit plan calls for acquisition, meaning-making, and transfer of knowledge and skills identified in the Common Core standards.

“Catching Up with the Common Core” by David Griffith
“Catching Up with the Common Core” by David Griffith

As of March 2011,more than 40 states had adopted the Common Core State Standards. ASCD's director of public policy David Griffith shares a status report on the Common Core State Standards initiative and its implications for educators.

1st Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
1st Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 1st Grade Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Algebra I - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
Algebra I - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your Algebra I classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

How to Survive Education Reform Without Losing Your Job, Your Ideals, or Your Mind by Gary Rubinstein
How to Survive Education Reform Without Losing Your Job, Your Ideals, or Your Mind by Gary Rubinstein

In the June 2013 issue, teacher and author Gary Rubinstein offers a personal take on how to hold on to one’s values in the face of the new standards and the promise of new evaluation procedures.

Research Says column: “High-Stakes Testing Narrows the Curriculum” by Jane L. David
Research Says column: “High-Stakes Testing Narrows the Curriculum” by Jane L. David

In this March 2011 article, Jane L. David explains the research behind high-stakes testing and the relationship between testing and meaningful learning.

11-12th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
11-12th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 11-12th Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Ensuring Effective Instruction: How Do I Improve Teaching Using Multiple Measures? Arias
Ensuring Effective Instruction: How Do I Improve Teaching Using Multiple Measures? Arias

Use this publication to explain to everyone in your organization why the best way to evaluate teaching performance is to use a balanced approach that includes multiple measures.

ASCD and Gates Introduction
ASCD and Gates Introduction

On March 25, 2011, ASCD and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entered into a unique partnership with the potential to transform public education in the United States. The Gates Foundation awarded ASCD a multimillion dollar grant to establish a program to support teachers in the classroom and advance understanding and implementation of the Common Core State Standards in states and districts. The culmination of that effort is the ASCD EduCore™ website.

Moving Forward with Understanding by Design DVD and Facilitator
Moving Forward with Understanding by Design DVD and Facilitator's Guide

Now that thousands of educators use ASCD's Understanding by Design® (UbD) framework to create results-oriented curricula, here's your opportunity to see examples of best practice in implementing this breakthrough approach. Use the DVD in workshops, team meetings, and professional development events to take audiences to the frontlines of schools that are implementing UbD systemwide. Throughout the program, UbD experts Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe and practitioners describe the critical elements of getting started and succeeding with UbD. Interviews with educators who have implemented UbD district- and statewide illuminate keys to success.

Tests That Teach: Using Standardized Tests to Improve Instruction
Tests That Teach: Using Standardized Tests to Improve Instruction

Using samples from language arts, science, social studies, and math, Karen Tankersley familiarizes you with the types of questions that are typical to standardized tests, explains the skills and knowledge students need to do well, and provides lesson ideas, teaching strategies, and learning activities that prepare students to think independently.

Grade 4: Number & Operations
Grade 4: Number & Operations

This video shows you how to use number lines to convert decimals into fractions to the tenth place. This video addresses CCSS 4.nf.6: Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

Grade 4: Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Grade 4: Operations & Algebraic Thinking

Solving word problems can be tricky for students. This video breaks down the process and helps you understand how to write an equation to solve a word problem. This video addresses CCSS 4.oa.3: Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

Two-Day Understanding by Design® Framework Institutes
Two-Day Understanding by Design® Framework Institutes

An ideal model for implementing the Common Core State Standards is the renowned Understanding by Design® framework from Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. Drawing from this popular framework, this two-day institute focuses on how to unpack the Common Core State Standards and create the high-quality curricula and assessments needed to prepare students for the demands of college and the workplace.

"How ASCD Supports the Common Core" by Efrain Mercado and Sherida Britt
"How ASCD Supports the Common Core" by Efrain Mercado and Sherida Britt

Efrain Mercado and Sherida Britt outline how ASCD supports implementation of the Common Core State Standards. From hosting statewide summits to creating many new resources, the organization has evolved the focus of its professional development and resources from awareness and understanding of the Common Core standards to implementation and sustainability of them.

Introduction to EduCore Math Resources
Introduction to EduCore Math Resources

ASCD is proud to work with the Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) and to serve educators through the EduCore™ website, a portal to the Classroom Challenges lessons and other mathematical resources

"Building on the Common Core" by David T. Conley
"Building on the Common Core" by David T. Conley

Soon after the Common Core State Standards were developed, David T. Conley explained how educators need to translate common standards into new curriculum and instruction.

Teaching Reading in Mathematics, 2nd Edition
Teaching Reading in Mathematics, 2nd Edition

As a companion to the Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (TRCA) Teacher's Manual, this book considers the distinctive challenges of reading in the context of mathematics.

LDC Core Tools
LDC Core Tools

LDC CoreTools is a guided online experience that supports a teacher in planning, creating, and thinking through each of the four LDC module sections.

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

The main page of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.

Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom:  A Guide for Instructional Leaders
Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom: A Guide for Instructional Leaders

Making formative assessment the norm in every classroom throughout your school is much easier when you have this book's clear guidelines and simple steps. Using examples from their extensive work with teachers, the authors give you the strategic talking points, conversation starters, and ready-made tools. Here's your chance to get what you need to help your school embrace a major cultural change that leads to better teaching and learning.

Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy
Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy

Take the joyful learning framework you discovered in Engaging Minds in the Classroom and use it to keep students attentive, thoughtful, and inquisitive about learning in language arts.

Deeper Dive
Deeper Dive

Lee Kappes, an original member of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), presents an informative professional development session on all aspects of LDC modules to a group of educators in Kentucky, including valuable insights into developed LDC modules, and strategies teachers can use to develop their own modules. Watch the videos and download the technical specifications for the LDC framework.

Engaging Minds in the Classroom: the Surprising Power of Joy
Engaging Minds in the Classroom: the Surprising Power of Joy

Explore what Michael F. Opitz and Michael P. Ford have discovered about planning lessons that engage students and enable them to truly enjoy learning.

8th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
8th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 8th Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

“Standards vs. Customization: Finding the Balance” by Larry Cuban
“Standards vs. Customization: Finding the Balance” by Larry Cuban

Larry Cuban outlines the values pendulum and the history of reform efforts to both standardize and customize curriculum and instruction as these issues present themselves anew in this February 2012 article.

Vocab Rehab Arias
Vocab Rehab Arias

Find out how to make time every day to teach vocabulary through direct, explicit instruction that is also creative, interesting, and fun for students. Teacher and author Marilee Sprenger explains a new and effective approach to teaching vocabulary that calls for exploration, discovery, and playing with words -- all in just 10 minutes per class.

Content-Area Conversations: How to Plan Discussion-Based Lessons for Diverse Language Learners
Content-Area Conversations: How to Plan Discussion-Based Lessons for Diverse Language Learners

Read this book to find out why and how discussion-based lessons help students—especially English language learners—to process and remember information, develop higher-order thinking, and advance their literacy skills.

Introducing the Next Generation Science Standards - A NSTA Webinar
Introducing the Next Generation Science Standards - A NSTA Webinar

NSTA executive director Dr. David Evans opened the web seminar by discussing NSTA’s role in the development of the standards. Dr. Pruitt then discussed the defining elements of NGSS, scientific and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. Dr. Pruitt then talked about the next steps in the implementation process and discussed strategies for linking the standards to classroom instruction. Ted Willard, director of NGSS@NSTA, facilitated questions from the audience. Zipporah Miller, associate executive director of professional programs and conferences at NSTA, shared information about NSTA resources related to NGSS, including additional web seminars, online short courses, conferences, and publications.

Lead the Change to Common Core State Standards Institute
Lead the Change to Common Core State Standards Institute

Implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) demands fundamental shifts in how we prepare students to be college and career ready. The Common Core initiative calls for a significant lifting of learning expectations that focus on deeper understanding of content and higher levels of thinking and application. Transitioning to the CCSS requires leadership that is well versed in the learning and teaching demands of the CCSS and how to effectively implement and monitor its implementation. These Professional Development Institutes will directly address crucial questions being asked by school and district leaders and their leadership teams who are responsible for bringing the Common Core standards from awareness to implementation and sustainability.

Transformative Assessment
Transformative Assessment

Renowned expert W. James Popham clarifies what formative assessment really is, why it’s right for your school or classroom, and how to use this approach to improve teaching, learning, classroom climate, teacher professional development, and school performance.

LDC Core Tools
LDC Core Tools

LDC CoreTools is a guided online experience that supports a teacher in planning, creating, and thinking through each of the four LDC module sections.

PD Online:The Core Six: Teaching with the Common Core State Standards in Mind
PD Online:The Core Six: Teaching with the Common Core State Standards in Mind

Educators throughout the country are preparing to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the national initiative first introduced in 2010. Harvey Silver, Thomas Dewing, and Matthew Perini have written a practical ebook that serves as the basis for this online course. The course e-book, The Core Six, provides in-depth coverage of six essential strategies supporting faculties in their focus on schoolwide efforts to improve performance and increase student engagement. To begin, an introductory module covers the importance of using teaching and learning strategies. Then each additional module focuses on one of the core six strategies, providing multimedia presentations, video examples, and additional readings that will give you a virtual toolkit to address key common core related challenges. Additionally you’ll have the opportunity to put what you learn into action through job-embedded applications. Through careful and thoughtful planning, you will produce lessons that implement each of the core six strategies. Explicitly teaching these strategies to your students will better equip them to tackle the challenges of the future and prepare them for college and careers. The strategies you learn in this course will support you in teaching with the common core in mind.

"What Happens to the Basics?" by Elfrieda H. Hiebert and P. David Pearson
"What Happens to the Basics?" by Elfrieda H. Hiebert and P. David Pearson

As schools make curricular changes to meet the Common Core State Standards and educators adjust their instruction, the authors explain how the CCSS movement needs to build upon the pedagogy learned during No Child Left Behind. By the end of 3rd grade, students need to establish their reading foundation skills. In addition to these proficiencies, the CCSS supports the introduction of complex content and comprehension of rich texts. Literacy is most powerful when texts are viewed as a source of knowledge as well as to teach basic skills. The authors set forth suggestions to increase student responsibility as readers, including an awareness of the importance of available time and stamina.

Introduction to LDC and ASCD PD Resources
Introduction to LDC and ASCD PD Resources

ASCD is proud to work with Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and to serve educators through the EduCore™ website, a portal to the LDC modules and other literacy resources.

Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core Institute
Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core Institute

Regardless of your grade level, focus, or subject area, a huge challenge of implementing the Common Core State Standards is to link formative assessment with high-quality instruction that forwards deep content knowledge. Find out how to do that and ensure that your assessments align to instruction and lead to a system of data collection, analysis, and impact that results in higher levels of student achievement. Attend this one-day institute to discover how to link classroom formative assessment practices to instructional shifts in the new standards for English language arts and mathematics; explore the ways in which assessment tasks can inform instruction understand how to construct an error-analysis tool aligned with the Common Core standards.

“Making Standards Serve the Student” by Jennifer Tuzzeo
“Making Standards Serve the Student” by Jennifer Tuzzeo

In this February 2012 article, Jennifer Tuzzeo highlights how Colorado's Adams County District 50 developed competency-based education and has made learning the constant and time the variable.

Learning for Keeps: Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners
Learning for Keeps: Teaching the Strategies Essential for Creating Independent Learners

What is the explicit instructional strategy that supports the higher-level skills students need to meet the demands of the Common Core Standards? Here’s a book that answers that question and provides you with the vision needed to help students perform cognitive behaviors necessary for college or career-readiness.

Grade 5: Measurement & Data—Geometric Measurement
Grade 5: Measurement & Data—Geometric Measurement

This video teaches you how to identify the parts of three-dimensional figures by locating faces, bases, vertices, edges, and height. This video addresses CCSS 5.md.3: Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

Exemplary Practices for Secondary Math Teachers
Exemplary Practices for Secondary Math Teachers

Discover what the best math teachers know and do to provide motivational and challenging math instruction for middle and high school students. From setting up the classroom through planning learning experiences and assessing results, this is an idea guide for inexperienced teachers, new staff members, and math faculty who are mentoring other teachers or are interested in enhancing their own practice.

"Go Figure: Math and the Common Core" by Marilyn Burns
"Go Figure: Math and the Common Core" by Marilyn Burns

The Common Core State Standards for mathematical practice require teachers to strengthen students' numerical reasoning and mental math skills. Using her family's conversation around a math problem as a springboard, Marilyn Burns explains the spirit and intent of the Common Core practice standards. She illustrates the importance and the value of listening to students explain their reasoning.

Art and Science of Teaching: Cognitive Verbs and the Common Core by Robert J. Marzano
Art and Science of Teaching: Cognitive Verbs and the Common Core by Robert J. Marzano

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require students to learn and be able to correctly use cognitive verbs, also called “academic vocabulary”; educators are tasked with teaching these words. In this September 2013 article, Robert J. Marzano provides an organized list of 227 cognitive verbs separated into 24 semantic categories. Using this list, Marzano outlines five steps teachers can follow to help students develop their understanding of these words.

1st Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
1st Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 1st grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

“The Challenge of Challenging Texts” by Timothy Shanahan, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey
“The Challenge of Challenging Texts” by Timothy Shanahan, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

The authors of this March 2012 article discuss teachers' understanding of what makes texts complex and how they can better support their students in reading those texts. Knowledge of text complexity can help teachers design three important components of literacy instruction: building skills, establishing purpose, and fostering motivation.

Kindergarten ELA -  an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
Kindergarten ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your Kindergarten ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

PD Quick Kit: Common Core Math Pack
PD Quick Kit: Common Core Math Pack

Here is a quick and cost effective way to build and develop a comprehensive understanding of Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Whether you’re just getting started with the Common Core or are looking for advanced strategies, you’ll find exactly what you need here.

Grade 3: Measurement & Data
Grade 3: Measurement & Data

This video shows you how to use a number line to solve elapsed-time word problems based on five-minute intervals. It addresses CCSS 3.md.1: Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

Growing Your Garden of Complex Texts by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Growing Your Garden of Complex Texts by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require students to read more complex texts. Accordingly, educators need to examine the texts they currently use in the classroom and may need to remove some texts while shifting other texts to different instructional activities. In this article from the June 2013 issue, authors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey explain how to analyze a text for complexity and how to use qualitative assessments to understand not just whether a text is complex but why it is complex.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

NSTA's list of outstanding science trade books for K-12.

From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas
From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas

A common misconception about the Common Core State Standards is that they dictate to teachers how to teach (teaching methods) and what to teach (curriculum). In a white paper written by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins entitled, "From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas", the authors argue "that these standards are in some ways obvious but may also be counter-intuitive and prone to misunderstanding." Read about their ideas here.

Digital Learning Strategies Arias
Digital Learning Strategies Arias

Students can now demonstrate their learning by using apps and online resources to conduct research, solicit feedback, and collaborate with others more effectively than ever before. Digital tools also provide teachers with effective ways to assess student work. Michael Fisher outfits you for this new world by opening your thinking to new possibilities for teaching and engaging 21st century students.

Welcome to EduCore
Welcome to EduCore

Welcome to EduCore! Click on this resource to learn more about the website.

Common Core Standards for Middle School English Language Arts: A Quick-Start Guide
Common Core Standards for Middle School English Language Arts: A Quick-Start Guide

This Quick-Start Guide provides a succinct, all-in-one look at the content, structure, terminology, and emphases of the Common Core standards for English language arts at the middle school level.

“College and Career Readiness: Same or Different?” by David T. Conley and Charis McGaughy
“College and Career Readiness: Same or Different?” by David T. Conley and Charis McGaughy

Whether students graduate high school college bound or off to start a career, they need a solid foundation of academic knowledge combined with crucial thinking and learning skills. Now that the Common Core State Standards have been adopted, the phrase "college and career ready" is analyzed in this April 2012 article.

Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning
Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning

Best-selling author Mike Schmoker boils down solutions for improved schools to the most powerful, simple actions and structures that ensure you prepare all students for college, careers, and citizenship.

Rocks (first in series)
Rocks (first in series)

Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of four Science Objects in the Rocks SciPack. It provides an introduction to what rocks are, how and where they form, and what we can tell about a rock’s formation by making observations about its characteristics. Different rocks have different compositions (element and mineral assemblages) and textures (grain size, orientation, etc.) Important observations of rock include characteristics of both a sample of the rock and its larger geologic context and natural setting. Observations of rocks can tell us about the processes and the environment in which they formed. The major categories of Earth’s rocks include igneous rock, sedimentary rock, and metamorphic rock.

Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping
Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping

Following the processes outlined in the ASCD best-seller Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K-12, teachers and administrators offer concrete advice on how to implement mapping in districts and schools. Discover tools, software, and proven strategies to speed your mapping effort along and apply curriculum mapping to special situations.

Tying Together the Common Core of Standards, Instruction, and Assessments
Tying Together the Common Core of Standards, Instruction, and Assessments

Two officers of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cowrote this article on resources for school districts to use as they implement the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core State Standards Initiative
Common Core State Standards Initiative

The home page of the Common Core State Standards Initiative offers background information, news, and downloads of the standards themselves.

The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction
The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction

In The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.

"Creativity on the Brink" by Alane Starko
"Creativity on the Brink" by Alane Starko

Creativity, motivation, and learning are interrelated. Alane Starko urges educators to remember that the Common Core State Standards are considered the "floor of learning, not the ceiling," and they should therefore work towards going beyond the standards. Starko outlines three keys to teaching for creativity in the classroom.

Introduction to Student Achievement Partners
Introduction to Student Achievement Partners

ASCD is proud to collaborate with Student Achievement Partners to provide educators with elementary literacy resources through EduCore.

“A Common Core of Readiness” by Robert Rothman
“A Common Core of Readiness” by Robert Rothman

The Common Core State Standards, which have now been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, differ from previous state standards. Robert Rothman explains how the new standards can help U.S. high school graduates meet the challenges of college or a career.

Formative Assessment Strategies for Every Classroom: An ASCD Action Tool, 2nd Edition
Formative Assessment Strategies for Every Classroom: An ASCD Action Tool, 2nd Edition

This second edition of an ASCD's best-selling Action Tool gives you more than 60 tools—with tips and implementation steps—for creating and using formative assessments in every grade level and subject.

Grade 3: Measurement & Data
Grade 3: Measurement & Data

This video helps connect the concepts of area and arrays to show how they are related so that you can learn how to find the area of a rectangle. The content in this video addresses CCSS 3.md.7: Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

4th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
4th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 4th Grade Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Grade 5: Number & Operations in Base Ten
Grade 5: Number & Operations in Base Ten

This video explains how you can estimate a division equation by setting up an equation. This video addresses CCSS 5.nbt.6: Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

"National Education Standards: To Be or Not to Be?" by Paul E. Barton
"National Education Standards: To Be or Not to Be?" by Paul E. Barton

Prior to the creation of the Common Core State Standards, Paul E. Barton explained the potential variation in content, performance standards, and achievement benchmarks when adopting national standards in general. He covers the need for balance between commonality and tolerance for diversity.

Curriculum, Assessment, and the CCSM
Curriculum, Assessment, and the CCSM

This report highlights the key findings from the national conference "Moving Forward Together: Curriculum & Assessment and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."

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

ASCD has released a new report titled "Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability" illuminating activities educators and policymakers at all levels can undertake to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards across the nation.

7th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
7th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 7th Grade Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

PD Online: Leadership: Implementing the Common Core State Standards
PD Online: Leadership: Implementing the Common Core State Standards

This course, authored by Dr. Judy Carr, is designed to support school and district leaders in bringing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to life in all classrooms. You will develop a clear vision of what implementation will look like in your setting and learn about essential implementation tools tied directly to the Common Core–formative and interim assessment, analysis and planning, leading professional development, evidence walks, and data dialogues. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own practices, try out new approaches, and plan your strategies for effectively implementing the CCSS. By the end of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of your role as a leader of Common Core standards' implementation and new tools to help your school or district move toward the point where all students are college and career ready.

Understanding Common Core State Standards
Understanding Common Core State Standards

This booklet lays out the benefits of the Common Core in plain English, provides a succinct overview, and gets everyone thinking about how to transition to this promising new paradigm.

Learning to Love Math: Translating Research into Classroom Practice
Learning to Love Math: Translating Research into Classroom Practice

Find out how a better understanding of your students’ brains can help you build foundational skills in math and other subjects and develop your students' long-term memory of academic concepts.

Geometry - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
Geometry - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your Geometry classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Grade 4: Number & Operations—Fractions
Grade 4: Number & Operations—Fractions

This video helps you solve word problems with fractions, specifically word problems that involve adding fractions with the same denominators by breaking them apart into unit fractions. It addresses CCSS 4.nf.3: Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

“Planning for Personalization” by William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell
“Planning for Personalization” by William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell

A standards-based curriculum can be accessible to learners at many different readiness levels. According to William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell in this February 2012 article, the key is to base it in rich concepts.

Solar System (first in series)
Solar System (first in series)

Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach.This Science Object, co-developed between NASA and NSTA, is the first of four Science Objects in the Solar System SciPack. It provides an understanding of where Earth is located in space and explores evidence used by astronomers to place Earth at this location. Earth is a relatively small planet and the third from the Sun in our solar system. The Sun is the central and largest body in the solar system. Our still-growing knowledge of the solar system comes to us in part by direct observation from Earth, including the use of optical, radio, and x-ray telescopes that are sensitive to a broad spectrum of information coming to us from space; computers that can undertake increasingly complicated calculations, find patterns in data, and support or reject theories about the origins of the solar system; and space probes that send back detailed pictures and other data from distant planets.

What is LDC?
What is LDC?

Learn about the Literacy Design Collaborative and the components of the LDC framework—and explore an LDC module in action with teachers and students.

Common Core Standards for Middle School Mathematics: A Quick-Start Guide
Common Core Standards for Middle School Mathematics: A Quick-Start Guide

Successfully steer your middle school's implementation of Common Core standards for mathematics with this Quick-Start Guide.

Exploring Formative Assessment (The Professional Learning Community Series)
Exploring Formative Assessment (The Professional Learning Community Series)

With enough materials for seven sessions total, this guide helps you focus your PLC on formative assessment, including: defining formative assessment, sharing goals for student learning, and using formative assessment in instructional planning. Agendas, schedules, handouts, and background readings are included.

Teaching 21st Century Skills: An ASCD Action Tool
Teaching 21st Century Skills: An ASCD Action Tool

Based on the work of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, this action tool supports teachers in engaging their students in learning the essential 21st century skills of critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, and collaboration. A set of instructional planning tools makes it much easier and faster to design learning opportunities that integrate these 21st century literacies into lessons in any subject. And 45 ready-to-use classroom tools help students learn and practice 21st century skills in daily instruction.

Refresh Your Practice by Robyn R. Jackson
Refresh Your Practice by Robyn R. Jackson

This article by Robyn R. Jackson from the June 2013 issue offers 10 ways educators can improve their teaching skills.

3rd Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
3rd Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 3rd Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

5th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
5th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 5th Grade Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

"What Now, Educators?" by Marge Scherer
"What Now, Educators?" by Marge Scherer

This article summarizes some of the articles from the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Educational Leadership as it addresses the question "Common Core: Now What?" and presents multiple interpretations on the implementation of the Common Core.

Choosing a Template Task
Choosing a Template Task

These videos and documents provide the structure for creating student tasks in literacy, along with an overview of template tasks and how they are designed. Select from over 29 template task for the foundation of your LDC module.

Grade 3: Number & Operations
Grade 3: Number & Operations

This video helps you understand that fractions are all equal-sized parts of a whole. The video illustrates this concept by comparing fair and unfair situations, a concept that is especially relevant to younger students. This video addresses CCSS 3.nf.1: Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

Classroom Assessment and Grading That Work
Classroom Assessment and Grading That Work

Drawing from years of in-depth research, Robert J. Marzano provides you with guidelines and steps for designing a comprehensive assessment program that ensures assessments and grades lead to timely, accurate feedback on specific, standards-based learning goals.

8th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
8th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 8th Grade Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

“Commentary: Where’s Literature in the Common Core?” by Barbara Bartholomew
“Commentary: Where’s Literature in the Common Core?” by Barbara Bartholomew

As the Common Core State Standards are implemented across the country, the focus of English language arts instruction is shifting. Informational texts are receiving new focus. However, Barbara Bartholomew cautions against reducing attention on poetry, literature, drama, and the arts. She argues that not only will students need communication skills to be college and career ready, but will also need creativity, insight, adaptability, and the capacity for expansive thinking that traditional literature study provides.

"New Literacies and the Common Core" by William Kist
"New Literacies and the Common Core" by William Kist

As our world becomes increasingly more digitally connected, students need to be able to successfully navigate new ways of reading and writing. William Kist outlines four strategies, each tied directly to one or more of the Common Core State Standards, that help to prepare students to participate in a wired world.

“Worthy Texts: Who Decides?” By Barry Gilmore
“Worthy Texts: Who Decides?” By Barry Gilmore

In this March 2011 article, Barry Gilmore addresses the question of who decides what texts students should read and makes suggestions for incorporating student choice into the classroom.

5th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
5th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 5th Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Focus on Shifts in Mathematics
Focus on Shifts in Mathematics

Classroom Challenges, developed by the Mathematics Assessment Project (MARS), include both problem-solving and content development formative assessment lessons. Here you can access lesson plans, student materials, PowerPoint slides, and other resource materials to facilitate the implementation of the Classroom Challenges in support of the Common Core State Standards.

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students
How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students

Here at last is a guide that helps you always know how to give the right feedback for all kinds of assignments, in every grade level and subject area. Susan M. Brookhart covers every possible aspect of the topic, from what kinds of feedback work best, to when and how often to give feedback, to how to use oral, written, and visual feedback.

7th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
7th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 7th Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Introduction to the Common Core
Introduction to the Common Core

Introduction to the Common Core adapted from a column by Gene R. Carter, Executive Director, ASCD.

PD Online: Formative Assessment and The Common Core Standards: Mathematics
PD Online: Formative Assessment and The Common Core Standards: Mathematics

The Formative Assessment and the Common Core Standards: Mathematics course is designed to inform participants about assessment practices to maximize student success within the context of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). After establishing a useful definition of formative assessment, we’ll explore how it can be most effectively used, and how to take the necessary steps to create formative assessments to inform both the teacher and the student of progress toward learning mastery. Common Core standards have been designed to reflect increased rigor and focus, signaling the importance of educational practices, such as formative assessment, that can promote students’ progress towards higher levels of achievement. Through in-depth readings, video examples, and practical applications you can use in your lesson planning and classroom instruction now, you’ll explore a range of formative assessments and how to implement them in your own practice.

Algebra II - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
Algebra II - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your Algebra II classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Interdependence of Life: Organisms and Their Environments (first in series)
Interdependence of Life: Organisms and Their Environments (first in series)

Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of four Science Objects in the Interdependence of Life in Ecosystems SciPack. It explores organisms and their environments. All organisms, including human beings, live within and depend on the resources in their environment. These resources include both living (biotic) factors such as food and nonliving (abiotic) factors such as air and water. The size and rate of growth of the population of any species, including humans, are affected by these environmental factors. In turn, these environmental factors are affected by the size and rate of growth of a population. Populations are limited in growth to the carrying capacity of the ecosystem, which is the amount of life any environmental system can support with its available space, energy, water, and food. Learning Outcomes: Identify and describe biotic and abiotic factors that influence the size and growth rate of a specific population in a particular environment. Describe possible immediate and long-term effects on an individual population that exceeds the carrying capacity of its environment. Given a line graph displaying an individual population size and its rate of growth, infer the carrying capacity of the environment for that population.

Grade 5: Number & Operations—Fractions
Grade 5: Number & Operations—Fractions

Real-world math problems engage students and help make equations relevant to their lives. This video teaches you how to estimate answers to word problems involving fractions by using area models. This video addresses CCSS 5.nf.2: Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

The Art and Science of Teaching DVD Series
The Art and Science of Teaching DVD Series

The framework of action steps from ASCD's breakthrough guide The Art and Science of Teaching comes to life in this series of DVDs, so educators can see exactly how to implement this comprehensive approach and promote high levels of student achievement. Robert J. Marzano explains the scientific basis for effective teaching, ten questions to guide effective curriculum unit planning, and the relationship between teaching as an art and as a science. An embedded professional development plan with a PowerPoint presentation and teacher handouts is included.

PD Online: Crafting Curriculum: An Introduction
PD Online: Crafting Curriculum: An Introduction

This six-lesson course provides a broad overview of some guiding curriculum development principles and concepts. Although especially helpful to those who are new to the curriculum development process, it is also a good review for those already experienced in the process.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is one of two consortia designing the assessments for the Common Core State Standards.

Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom
Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom

The leading expert on differentiation, Carol Ann Tomlinson, joins measurement and assessment expert Tonya R. Moon to provide you with a framework for differentiation that improves pre-assessments, formative assessments, summative assessments, grading, and report cards.

Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning
Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning

If you've ever doubted that it was fair or effective to judge teachers on the basis of student test scores alone, then here's a book that will introduce you to better ways to use measures of student achievement in your teacher assessment system.

"The Uncommon Core" by Jason Ohler
"The Uncommon Core" by Jason Ohler

Jason Ohler lays out three concerns regarding creativity and the Common Core State Standards, explaining that creativity skills and the understanding of new media are missing from the CCSS English Language Arts standards. Ohler goes on to suggest four additions to the CCSS, dealing with creativity and technology, to support his argument that certain competencies and understandings should be included in the basic literacy standards.

Grading and Group Work: How Do I Assess Individual Learning When Students Work Together? Arias
Grading and Group Work: How Do I Assess Individual Learning When Students Work Together? Arias

Assessment expert Susan M. Brookhart explains how to assess and report on (but not grade) learning skills and group interaction skills.

"Putting the Pieces in Place" by Robert Rothman
"Putting the Pieces in Place" by Robert Rothman

Robert Rothman explains that the unprecedented efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards distinguish this round of standards from past reform efforts, ensuring that the CCSS will make a difference in education. While noting that funding for implementation is a major challenge, Rothman points to individual state progress, such as in Kentucky and Utah, as well as national and cross-state efforts to support his claim that the CCSS may generate real changes in instruction.

"Making the Shifts" by Sandra Alberti
"Making the Shifts" by Sandra Alberti

As schools and teachers begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, Sandra Alberti cautions against moving ahead without first understanding the changes that the CCSS require. Alberti outlines three shifts in English language arts and three shifts in mathematics. These shifts, Alberi explains, will have the most significant effects on students and, therefore, should guide all aspects of CCSS implementation, including professional development, assessment design, and curriculum.

6th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
6th Grade Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 6th Grade Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom
How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom

Don't settle for assessing recall and comprehension only when you can use this guide to create assessments for higher-order thinking skills. Assessment expert Susan M. Brookhart brings you up to speed on how to develop and use test questions and other assessments that reveal how well your students can analyze, reason, solve problems, and think creatively.

The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development
The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development

Creating and using curriculum maps is a lot faster and easier when you use this in-depth resource in workshops, curriculum teams, and professional learning communities. Whether you're introducing curriculum mapping for the first time or working with teachers and administrators who are well into the process, the manual's collection of templates, samples, and tools provides you with everything you need for differentiated professional development.

Grade 3: Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Grade 3: Operations & Algebraic Thinking

Through this video, you will learn how to solve multistep problems by identifying the operations, using problem-solving steps, and a model. This video addresses CCSS 3.oa.8: Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

PD Online: Differentiated Instruction: Using Assessment Effectively
PD Online: Differentiated Instruction: Using Assessment Effectively

Assessment is more than standardized or summative testing. It is much broader—a photo album to the isolated test's snapshot, an overall view of what goes on in the learning environment. Its purpose is to help students learn rather than to simply catalog their mistakes. Differentiating instruction requires teachers to respond to variations in students' readiness, interest, and learning profiles, information best gathered through appropriate use of assessment. This six-lesson online course identifies ways to use assessment to pinpoint students’ learning needs, reflects on some principles of differentiated instruction, and analyzes different ways to use continual assessment to inform instruction.

Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: If Not Me, Then Who?, 3rd edition
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: If Not Me, Then Who?, 3rd edition

You can help students in your subject area be more effective readers with the principles and strategies from this book. This all-new edition draws from new research on the impact of new technologies, the population boom of English language learners, and the influence of the Common Core State Standards.

“Knowing Your Learning Target” by Connie M. Moss, Susan M. Brookhart and Beverly A.  Long
“Knowing Your Learning Target” by Connie M. Moss, Susan M. Brookhart and Beverly A. Long

The authors of this March 2011 article define and explain how shared learning targets guide lesson planning, formative assessment, and classroom walk-throughs in order to engage students as full learning partners.

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom
Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom

Here's a book that gives you lots of ways to check for understanding. Learn why typical methods to check for understanding are usually ineffective, and explore formative assessment techniques that work in any subject area and grade level.

Nature of Light: Characteristics of Light (first in series)
Nature of Light: Characteristics of Light (first in series)

Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of four Science Objects in the Nature of Light SciPack. It establishes the concept that electromagnetic waves can interact with materials in different ways. For example, they can reflect off a material’s surface. We can see an object when light waves that are emitted or reflected by the object enter the eye. Electromagnetic waves can also pass through materials, sometimes slowing down or changing direction as a result of entering and leaving the material. Or, electromagnetic waves may be absorbed or scattered within the material. Electromagnetic waves and other waves diffract around corners, and interfere with one another in predictable ways.

PD Online: Assessment: Promoting Assessment for Learning
PD Online: Assessment: Promoting Assessment for Learning

This course shows educators how to shift focus and learn how to use assessment for learning. Throughout this course, you will be introduced to the concept of assessment for learning. You'll learn the teacher behaviors that promote student learning and support sound assessment, which the author calls the "Be's." These principles come from the many practices that teachers can adapt to promote assessment that enhances student learning, rather than ranking student achievement. As you consider the implications of these ideas for your own practice, as well as for the overall practices in your schools and districts, you'll create a plan for your ongoing professional growth in assessment literacy.

Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, 2nd edition EBOOK
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, 2nd edition EBOOK

First published in 2001, Classroom Instruction That Works revolutionized teaching by linking classroom strategies to evidence of increased student learning. Now this landmark guide has been reenergized and reorganized for today's classroom with new evidence-based insights and a new Instructional Planning Guide that makes it easier for you to know when to emphasize each of the nine research-based teaching strategies from the original guide. Update your knowledge of the impact research-based teaching has on student achievement and the learning of essential 21st century skills.

Partnership for the Assessment Readiness of College and Careers
Partnership for the Assessment Readiness of College and Careers

The Partnership for the Assessment Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) is one of two consortia designing the assessments for the Common Core State Standards.

Succeeding with Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning
Succeeding with Standards: Linking Curriculum, Assessment, and Action Planning

Standards have little value unless they are implemented by teachers in their everyday practice. That’s why you need this book on how to link all aspects of your local curriculum to state and national standards. Explore the 11 components involved in the standards-linking process, and know the key issues to address at every stage. Sample standards, planning guides and tools, and a detailed action plan ensure you get started and stay on track.

Grade 5: Number & Operations in Base Ten
Grade 5: Number & Operations in Base Ten

How can you learn to read and write decimals? This video shows you how to use base ten blocks to understand decimals. This video addresses CCSS 5.nbt.3: Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

From Standards to Success: A Guide for School Leaders
From Standards to Success: A Guide for School Leaders

From lesson planning to professional development programming, Mark R. O'Shea provides you with an A–Z guide to realizing the promise of standards-based education. Explore processes and structures that help you integrate standards into teaching and raise expectations about achievement.

What is the Basal Alignment Project?
What is the Basal Alignment Project?

Are you an elementary school teacher who uses basal readers? Learn how the work of the Basal Alignment Project can provide you with Common Core State Standards-aligned resources to help you in your classroom.

"The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends" by Timothy Shanahan
"The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends" by Timothy Shanahan

Many educators still hold misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards, even as they are being implemented across the county. Timothy Shanahan, a noted literacy expert, disproves five common myths about the CCSS while clarifying the truth behind the standards.

What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment
What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment

Emphasizing applications at the secondary school level, this "teacher's-eye" view of formative assessment lays out a foundation for why this process works and provides lots of assessment strategies to use before, during, and after instruction.

About LearnZillion
About LearnZillion

ASCD is excited to work with LearnZillion and host a sampling of LearnZillion videos on its EduCore website! LearnZillion offers a free, growing set of math and English language resources for grades 2 through 12 that have been developed by expert teachers and are directly based on the Common Core State Standards. LearnZillion's premium participatory curriculum platform enables schools and districts to accelerate the successful implementation of the Common Core, augment the efficacy of their coaches, create classtime capacity to address differentiation needs, and build teacher leaders. You can read all about how LearnZillion came to be and the resources they offer here.

"Are National Standards the Right Move?"
"Are National Standards the Right Move?"

Before the Common Core State Standards were created, Deborah Meier, William H. Schmidt, Chester E. Finn Jr. and Phillip Schlechty shared their perspectives on adopting national standards in general.

Kindergarten Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
Kindergarten Math - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your Kindergarten Math classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

4th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection
4th Grade ELA - an iTunes U CCSS Resource Collection

This iTunes U course is intended to give you ideas and resources for your 4th Grade ELA classroom. Curated by teachers and for teachers, each course is organized by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for your grade and content area. The resources listed are meant to be a jumping off point for you, not an end point. In line with the intentions of the CCSS, these courses are not a curriculum; rather, they offer ideas and materials to help you meet the goals and expectations of the standards. We believe that teachers know best what works in the classroom and, therefore, teachers designed these courses. Through a collaboration of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELCs), and ASCD educators, these courses are designed by those in the field working to improve student outcomes.

Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension

Neurologist Judy Willis connects classroom practice to the neurology of reading and provides whole-class and individualized activities, lessons, and units that you can use in every grade and subject to help all students become better readers.

Understanding by Design, Expanded 2nd Edition
Understanding by Design, Expanded 2nd Edition

This expanded edition of ASCD's breakthrough UbD™ framework provides an improved template and a bigger, better toolbox for results-oriented kindergarten through college educators.

Making Standards Useful in the Classroom
Making Standards Useful in the Classroom

Robert Marzano and Mark Haystead offer invaluable insight for any educator who wants to ensure that standards actually lead to higher student achievement.

Changing the Way You Teach, Improving the Way Students Learn
Changing the Way You Teach, Improving the Way Students Learn

Two experienced teacher educators describe a framework for effective teaching that can be applied in any subject area and grade level.

Unpacking the Common Core Standards Using the UbD Framework (DVD)
Unpacking the Common Core Standards Using the UbD Framework (DVD)

If your school or district is like most others, you're addressing the challenge of implementing new curriculum and assessments based on the Common Core State Standards. Use this new DVD to help you scale up your efforts systemwide. That's where this new DVD comes to your rescue. Drawing from the popular Understanding by Design® (UbD™) framework, the DVD explains an approach to implementing the Common Core standard that ensures a results-oriented curriculum with fidelity to the standards. UbD authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe introduce key concepts from UbD that apply to implementing the Common Core standards. Experts on curriculum design explain how to unpack standards for developing a powerful improvement plan focused on desired outcomes. Hear educators from the field describe using the UbD framework to align curriculum with assessments. Explore how to use UbD's backward-design approach to create units and lessons that reflect the Common Core standards' rigorous goals. Both English language arts and literacy standards and content and practice standards for mathematics are addressed throughout the program. Whether your school is already well versed in UbD framework or not, showing this DVD at your next Common Core or professional learning community (PLC) meeting is an ideal way to get staff members at all levels to focus on a practical plan for meeting the challenge of the Common Core standards.

How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, 2nd Edition
How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, 2nd Edition

One of our most popular books ever, updated in a second edition. Three new chapters, extended examples, and field-tested strategies help teachers succeed in today's increasingly diverse classrooms.

Grade 4: Number & Operations—Fractions
Grade 4: Number & Operations—Fractions

This video helps you recognize equivalent fractions by using area models. It addresses CCSS 4.nf.1: Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions. You can learn about the CCSS here. You can find accompanying materials and more videos like this one at LearnZillion.

Welcome to EduCore!
Welcome to EduCore!

This video walks you through the EduCore website - highlighting the tools and resources available. The video will show you how to navigate the site and will give you ideas on how to take advantage of all the site offers.

Leading with Vision: 6 Steps to Implementing the Common Core State Standards DVD
Leading with Vision: 6 Steps to Implementing the Common Core State Standards DVD

Designed to help school leaders to successfully implement the Commom Core standards, this new ASCD DVD shows examples of effective ways to empower teachers to make necessary shifts in curriculum planning and instructional practice. In scenes from all kinds of schools, explore ways to address the essential challenges of adopting the new standards. Seeing what real educators do in the field to turn the promise of the Common Core standards into reality will spark a solutions-driven discussion and inspire you and your colleagues to take on the challenges of systemic change.

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