Monday, February 27, 2012

Ready Set, Go! Resources for the Common Core

Had a great week last week at the PLC Summit in Phoenix and so many wonderful educators interested in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and how to implement those standards well, within the context of a professional learning community. This Spring, 13 of my colleagues and I will be providing support for PLC implementation of the Common Core in our new professional development book series for teacher and leaders,  Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work. The 4 grade level books and one leadership book in the series are being co-published with NCTM and will begin their release April 23-27th at the national meetings in Philadelphia.

I will write more about this exciting release in March, but in the meantime I wanted to use today’s blog to direct you to some useful websites and resources for further investigation into information about the common core and its potential impact on your school district. I have also attached the powerpoint presentation in a PDF format from our work last week at the PLC Summit, for those that attended. Great energy and interest from all of you, thanks!

For those of you that attended the Solution Tree Assessment Webinar with Eric Twadell and myself today, the presentation from last week also has additional information for you! Hope these resources are useful. I also included a few ELA resources for your friends and colleagues that are immersed in the Language Arts Issues.

Some Key CCSS Web References and Resources

1. The Center on Education Policy

2. PARCC Consortium

3. The Common Core State Standards documents in Mathematics and ELA

4. The Hunt Institute Mathematics

5. The Hunt Institute ELA

6. PARCC Newsletter at

7. Myths and facts about the CCSS

8. SMARTer Balanced resources and Frameworks

9. Key takeaways on the K-12 CCSS ELA Standards

10. What Every Principal Needs to Know About the Teaching and Learning of mathematics (Kanold, Briars and Fennel, 2012, Solution Tree)

Other Resources for Mathematics as of February 2012

1. For Principals

This portion of the Inside Mathematics website is designed to support school based administrators and district mathematics supervisors who have the responsibility for establishing the structure and vision for the work of grade level and cross-grade level learning teams.

2. Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (Inside Mathematics)

This site provides classroom videos and lesson samples designed to illustrate the Mathematical Practices in action.

3. Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice (CCSSO & NGA)

This site links the text of the eight Mathematical Practices and the selection on “Connecting the Standards for Mathematical Practice to the Standards for Mathematical Content.”

4. NCTM Lessons
Illuminations provide standard-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students. These materials illuminate the vision for school mathematics set forth in Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, and Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making.

5. Common Core State Standards blog 
Follow Bill McCallum’s blog on the development of tools that are being developed to support the implementation of the CCSS.

6. CCSS Mathematics Curriculum Materials Analysis Project (Council of Chief State School Officers, The Brookhill Foundation, and Texas Instruments)

The CCSS Mathematics Curriculum Analysis Project provides a set of tools to assist K-12 textbook selection committees, school administrators, and teachers in the analysis and selection of curriculum materials that support implementation of the CCSS for mathematics.

7. Illustrative Math Project (Institute for Mathematics and Education)

The main goal for this project is to provide guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience in implementing the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.


8. Progressions Documents For The Common Core Math Standards (Institute for Mathematics and Education)

The CCSS in mathematics were built on progressions: narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. The progressions detail why standards are sequenced the way they are, point out cognitive difficulties and provide pedagogical solutions, and provide more detail on particularly difficult areas of mathematics. The progressions documents found here are useful in teacher preparation and professional development, organizing curriculum, and provide a link between mathematics education research and the standards.