Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Common Core for ELLs: Classroom Videos

These classroom video modules showcase several approaches of Common Core–aligned instruction with English language learners (ELLs). The videos feature educators from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Poughkeepsie, New York, who worked in collaboration with Dr. Diane August to implement the new standards...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 64
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:32

Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 959
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners: Resource Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics

These resource guides provide information to educators on how to incorporate scaffolds into lesson plans for English language learner (ELL) students. The guides—one in ELA and one in math—were developed by national experts in ELL instruction for the EngageNY curriculum. The scaffolds are based on...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 339
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:22

Supporting English Learners: Lessons from Research

This very readable article on instructional planning at the lesson level is based on a much more extensive NSF study, “Fostering Mathematical Success of English Language Learners.” Here, the authors introduce a traditional geometry task and then show how this task might be revised to foster student...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 45
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:17

Illustrations and Elaborations of Math Practice Standards

This section of the Illustrative Mathematics website helps teachers become more familiar with standards for mathematical practice in order to integrate these standards effectively into instructional planning at both the lesson and unit levels. The exemplars give teachers a clear sense of what the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 450
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:08

Classroom Challenges from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service

These "Classroom Challenges" are ready-to-use math lessons that showcase Common Core State Standards in mathematics (CCSSM)–aligned instructional planning at the lesson level and are designed to support classroom formative assessment in grades 6–10. The resource provides 20 lessons per grade, all...

Number of views: 148
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:04

Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning - Math

While this online tool is primarily designed for instructional planning at the lesson level, it also helps users think about design at the unit level, as it stresses coherence among clusters of standards. Through a series of guiding questions, it walks users through some of the key, conceptual...

Number of views: 57
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:59

BetterLesson

BetterLesson is an online site dedicated to providing educators with access to high-quality tools and resources that support implementation and alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The site features lessons and resources from over 130 selected Master Teachers from across the country...

Number of views: 62
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:54

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