You can start with this lesson to increase your confidence level with Common Core Standards.
It does take patience and time to adjust with anything new. Essentially teachers are changing the way that they are teaching.
As educators, we are also learning and growing along the way. You also need to be able to implement an effective training program, and we can help with that. The first step in any school initiative is definitely going to be that prep work. In our experience, it’s usually the biggest step, and a lot of times, the toughest.
We would like you to take a moment to think about where you are at the district and school level with Common Core. Are you just starting out? Have you successfully implemented Common Core Standards, or are you somewhere in the middle. Now, think about where you want to be. Think about the end goal. For most of us, the vision is having our students college and career ready.
We went ahead and put together a list of our favorite must-see free resources to help with each step along the way.
The first free resource we would like to share with you to help with that prep work is called Get2Core.org. You can get statistics that are specific to your state, and links to some additional resources in that state and the public school system.
CoreStandards.org has downloadable and printable versions of Common Core state standards. Once again, all of these resources are free.
Once your prep work is under your belt, the next step is to get buy-in from your faculty, parents, and the community. A few things to consider: What we found in working with many different schools is that school culture, supporting this initiative is directly going to impact its success. Once you create that culture of trust, you’ll need some strategies for opening those lines of communication and keeping them open. Once you have those lines of communication open, then you have the ability to get everyone working towards that common goal and moving into the same direction.
One of my favorite free resources for engaging faculty, parents, and the community is AchieveTheCore.org. They introduce common core standard to parents and the community. The website offers downloadable parent guides by grade level and a variety of common core videos for parents.
Also, PTA.org has a wealth of information on Common Core Standards. They offer parents’ guides for student success. CommonCoreWorks.org has parent roadmaps for each grade level and subject area. Some fabulous free resources here, if you’re looking for some inspiration on engaging your faculty, parents, and the community. One of our favorite free resources is AmericaAchieves.org. This site has videos that actually model Common Core Standards and what they should look like in the classroom.
Once your teachers have built a solid foundation on those common core shifts. You will want to fuel your teachers with the resources so they feel that they can go out and do this on their own. You want them to feel empowered, to embrace Common Core Standards. One of my favorite ways to arm your teachers with those resources is PowerMyLearning.org. This free resource organizes information by subject.
Lastly, we want to share Learnzillion.com. This site is a fabulous learning platform. Just like our students, all of our teachers learn differently, as well. The more resources that you can provide for them, the more successful that your teachers are going to be with your Common Core Standards.
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