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Professional Development: Why the Common Core? How these Standards are Different
Overview: The "Why the Common Core? How these Standards are Different" Module is a 1–1.5 hour module designed to provide you with the background information necessary to understand how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) play a role in improving education. It answers the question: How are these standards different than the latest versions of any individual state’s standards? During this module, you will look at the rationale for these standards and then an overview of the major math and ELA/literacy shifts required by the CCSS.
How to Get Started: You are encouraged to customize any or all portions of this module to meet your needs, or the needs of your audience if you are facilitating this module for professional development. Be sure to read the User's Guide first! You can find it below the PowerPoint presentation.
What's in this Module?
You can download all components of this module by clicking "Download All" on the left. You can also scroll down to learn more about the different approaches to using this professional development and to preview the components of individual activities.
After completing this module, you are encouraged to engage with the key shifts required by the CCSSM through the iTunes U Courses, created by teachers for teachers.
The PowerPoint presentation supports you in understanding how the Common Core State Standards are different than typical state standards that preceded them. The PowerPoint also includes an overview of the shifts. It is designed to be a first step in a series of professional development opportunities or as a strong foundation for outside stakeholders who may be wondering what the Common Core State Standards are all about. To view the notes that go with each slide, download the full PowerPoint.
User's Guide: Be Sure To Read This First!
The User's Guide is a detailed guide for you, the self-learner and/or facilitator. The guide includes a summary of the contents of the module, followed by suggestions for using the module, depending on the time available. There is a summary of each of the activities and full references/links for all papers, videos, and other web resources.
|If you have 1 hour...|
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All times are suggested and can be expanded to incorporate more discussion as needed. Any portions of this module may be modified, reproduced, and disseminated without prior permission.
There are two embedded activities to guide reflective processing of the shifts and potential action planning.
|Activity One: Reflecting on the Common Core Shifts|
|This is a very simple note-taking/reflection guide to support understanding of the shifts required by the Common Core State Standards. You can use the template that has the language of the shifts pre-populated (on the right) or you can fill the language of the shifts in yourself (on the left). You can also use this template while viewing the PowerPoint for note taking.|
|Activity Two: Reflecting on Actions to Implement the Common Core State Standards|
|This framework guides you toward reflection that leads to action steps following your processing and understanding of the shifts.|
Related Research and Readings
The articles included below can be used in professional learning communities (PLCs) or as post-reading for this professional development session. These readings intend to support teachers' understandings of the intellectual and academic implications of the standards:
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