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. 

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: 180
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:59

Cinderella (4th Grade Unit)

This examplar fourth grade unit contains six lessons and is based on a picture-book version of Cinderella. Activities include interactive readings, embedded vocabulary instruction, mini lessons on context clues and idioms, and an opportunity for students to write their own fairy tale.

Number of views: 161
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:52

Teacher Professional Development Rationales and Resources on How to Meet the Language Demands of New College- and Career-Ready Standards

Newly-adopted college- and career-ready standards and accountability requirements will oblige teachers to increase emphases on deeper learning activities. As the cognitive levels of academic activities increase in complexity and abstraction, the sophistication of the language that students will...

Number of views: 113
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:57

Using Sentence Frames to Jumpstart Writing

Teachers can support student writing by using sentence frames which provide the option for varied responses. This technique helps students understand what the answer might look like.

Number of views: 109
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:05

Cinderella: Learning About Genre

In this video, the teacher discusses the hands-on way she tackles teaching the concept of genre with her students and how that plays a part in her lesson planning. She offers graphic organizers and charts to support student learning, hands-on opportunities to interact with a variety of book, and ...

Number of views: 108
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:56

Building Common Core Skills: Beyond “Turn and Talk”

Many teachers rely on Turn and Talks or Think-Pair-Shares. These are great methods, but how can you build on them to prepare students for the demands of more complicated conversations? This resource provides a process (discussion norms, steps, video examples, and sentence starters) for building...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 107
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:23

Interacting with Complex Texts: Scaffolding Reading

This lesson is part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit. In this video, the teacher works with struggling students and prepares them to access complex text by scaffolding their background knowledge on the text.

Number of views: 105
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:02

Support Protecting Native Culture during the Implementation of Common Core State Standards

In this resolution, the National Congress of American Indians calls upon states who have adopted the Common Core State Standards to evaluate AI student needs, and then to consult, collaborate, and develop tribal-state partnerships that specify additional standards ensuring Native histories,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 105
Date created: 12/26/2014 - 10:11

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