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Why the Common Core? How these Standards are Different

This 1-1.5 hour module provides background information necessary to understanding how the Common Core State Standards 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? The module concludes with an overview of the major math and ELA / Literacy shifts required by the Common Core.


Facilitator's Guide

Read this first! Detailed guide for presenters including a summary of the activities, suggested delivery of module, and annotations for the additional resources.

Facilitator's Guide

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PowerPoint Presentation

Walks educators through why the CCSS were developed and how they were designed. 20-slide PPT.

PowerPoint with Notes

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PowerPoint without Notes

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Reflecting on Common Core Shifts

Note-taking/reflection activity to support understanding of the Shifts required by the CCSS. 

Reflecting on Common Core Shifts: Handout

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Reflecting on Actions

Reflection activity that leads to action steps regarding the Common Core Shifts

Reflecting on Actions - Math Shifts: Handout

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Reflecting on Actions - ELA Literacy Shifts: Handout

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