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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

“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.

“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.

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?"

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

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?"

“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.

“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.

“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

“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.

“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.

“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.

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.

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.

“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

“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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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