• Instructional Practice for the CCSS

    The purpose of the Instructional Practice Guide suite of tools is to help teachers and those who support teachers to make the Key Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Instructional Practice Guide suite includes resources for coaching, lesson planning, and training support that are all designed to work together.

  • Resources for Instructional Practice

    Plan, Observe, and Norm Expectations around Aligned Instruction: Each of the tools in the Instructional Practice Guide suite can be used on its own, but the they were designed to be used together to facilitate conversation about CCSS-aligned instruction. 

    Resource Recommended Use

    Coaching Tool

    Names the specific actions (“Core Actions”) and behavioral indicators (“Indicators”) to look for to determine whether students are getting to the intent of the Standards through the content of the lesson. This set of observable actions are designed to help teachers, coaches, and peers identify evidence of where and when Common Core instruction is taking place.

    Beyond the Lesson Discussion Guide

    Supplements the Coaching Tool. Because every Core Action and every Shift cannot be observable in every lesson, this guide offers questions for teachers and coaches to consider in order to ensure effective CCSS implementation over the course of the year.

    Teaching the Core

    Uses the Coaching Tool to annotate bell-to-bell videos of classroom instruction. While there’s no such thing as a perfect lesson, these videos highlight moments of high-quality Common Core Instruction in real classroom settings.

    Lesson Planning Tool

    Takes the Core Actions and Indicators of the Coaching Tool and reframes them as prompts to consider while planning. The Lesson Planning Tool encourages teachers to plan lessons in a way that will ensure that the Shifts will be observable in instruction.
  • What Makes Instruction Aligned

    For instructional practice to be Common Core aligned, the content must be aligned and be featured at the center of the lesson. Aligned instructional practice can be observed when the content and teacher’s instructional choices allow students to get to the full intent of the Standards. The Instructional Practice Guide suite of tools focus not on every pedagogical move in the classroom, but on the specific actions teachers and students take to address the Key Shifts required by the Standards. To understand aligned practice, you must first understand the Key Shifts.

    Learn more about the Shifts.

  • Recognize the "Actions" and "Indicators" of Aligned Instruction

    The Instructional Practice Guide suite of tools all use the same language to describe the specific, observable actions that demonstrate whether the Shifts are being implemented in instruction. These “Core Actions” and the “Indicators” of the behaviors they promote are based on the Key Shifts.

    Learn more about the Core Actions and Indicators.