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Common Core

No matter what your feelings are about the Common Core State Standards, they are a reality in many schools. Check out the growing body of information on how to make them work for students.

  • High Expectations for Students With Multiple Impairments

    A special education teacher shares insights on adapting the Common Core Essential Elements for students with multiple impairments.
    Katie Bradd
  • Honing Students’ Speaking Skills

    Some guidelines for teaching all students to speak credibly and confidently—an essential skill for college and career success.
  • Standards-Aligned Genius Hour

    Give your students a chance to follow their own interests with projects that meet state standards.
  • Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

    Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about and think with pictures.
  • Using Photos With English-Language Learners

    Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share tips for using the Picture Word Inductive Model and others for teaching ELL students.
  • Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

    Explore an educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.
  • 11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

    Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in college and career. Following are 11 strategies, supported by education and memory research, for teaching critical CCSS words while keeping the cognitive verbs in mind: analyze, evaluate, compare, delineate, etc.
  • Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

    Arts integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.
  • Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

    These resources can help middle school teachers implement Common Core State Standards in English.
  • Meaningful Connections: Objectives and Standards

    Math teacher and teaching strategist Karen Lea looks at meaningful ways to connect learning objectives with Common Core State Standards.
  • When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

    See what it looks like when a district that has a strong collaborative culture undertakes a major initiative like implementing the Common Core.
  • Modeling: Essential for Learning

    Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea discusses the importance of instruction by modeling, and takes her examples from possible lessons that meet the Common Core Standards.

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