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. 

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Professional Development

This resource is a position statement and paper from the National Association for Research on Science Teaching. The authors emphasize that much has been learned in the last several years about effective science instruction, including the importance of paying attention to student thinking throughout...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 177
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 11:36

Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning - ELA

The Lesson Planning Tool (digital version only) guides teachers through a series of prompts about lesson content, structure, and activities to ensure that the shifts required by the CCSS are central to the lesson. English language arts teachers will be guided through the process of creating a close...

Number of views: 175
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:44

ALDN Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a mathematics graphic organizer highlighting four important conversation skills when building math understandings and ideas: Clarify a problem and ideas for solving it, Discuss representations and models, Explain and support reasoning, and Use multiple methods for solving. 

Number of views: 175
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:42

Cinderella: Higher-Level Questions: Thinking About Magic

In this video, the teacher leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Number of views: 175
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:59

Learning Trajectories in Mathematics

This report focuses on learning trajectories for mathematics education; what they are (including defining various ways in which the terms trajectory, progression, learning, and teaching are used); and how they can function to inform instruction. The report provides examples from the Common Core...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 169
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Closing the Gap: Professional Development Toolkit-Turning Data Into Action

This 140+ page toolkit provides school districts and schools with a detailed plan for developing and implementing a data use program. Resources include direct instruction components, checks for understanding, application worksheets, facilitators guides and checklists, and self-directed learners...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 164
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:25

Engineering is Elementary: Elementary Teachers Professional Development & Curricula for Engineering Literacy

This resource is an online organization dedicated to supporting educators, administrators, and advocates of engineering education at grades K–8. The mission of Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is to support all educators in formal and informal settings, providing opportunities for children to engage...

Number of views: 162
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:27

American Indian Education in Minnesota: Analytic Review of Key State and National Documents

The purpose of this report is to examine and describe major concepts and assumptions underlying the foundation of American Indian education in Minnesota. The Midwest Comprehensive Center (MWCC), at the request of the Minnesota Department of Education Office of Indian Education, conducted an in-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 160
Date created: 11/26/2014 - 10:56

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