June 19, 2015

NGSS PEEC-Alignment Public Review

NGSS’ Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria for Alignment (PEEC-Alignment) is open for public review until July 1st. The NGSS PEEC-Alignment will help developers and reviewers of instructional materials answer whether instructional materials contain or exhibit the essential features of a program aligned to the NGSS innovations. Teachers, educators, administrators, curriculum materials developers, and publishers are all encouraged to review and provide feedback on the draft by July 1st.

May 22, 2015

Aligned, from Achieve the Core

Aligned is a publication containing short blog posts about Common Core-aligned instructional materials. Posts include guidance on how to review materials and stories of how states have undergone the alignment process.

May 19, 2015

Math Professor Supports the Common Core Math Standards

Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, writes in the Hechinger Report an article that debunks myths about who is good in math (hint: not those who can memorize well and calculate fast). Moreover, Boaler argues for the Common Core state standards and says that the Common Core math standards encourage the practices and skills (e.g., mapping out pathways, reasoning about complex solutions, and communicating in different forms) that are found in high-achieving math students. Read her entire article by clicking the link above.

April 15, 2015

Item Writers Algebra Readiness Competition

Enter this competition to write a collection of ten items based on the Common Core that teachers can use to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses in algebra. The goals of this competition are to (1) create collections of items that can be used by teachers to aid with formative assessment; (2) identify educators who know the standards well and are able to translate standards into complex and thoughtful tasks; and (3) create a community of learners engaged in the process of changing the lives of students. Register to participate by May 17, 2015.

March 24, 2015

Classroom Videos and Lesson Materials from Teaching the Core

This collection of classroom videos and associated lesson materials were developed to help K-12 educators implement instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards. Accessing the videos and materials are free but require interested educators to sign up. The resources from Teaching the Core were funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.