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.
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.
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.