Common Core Resources

This page is dedicated to increasing our stakeholders' understanding of the Common Core State Standards and providing resources in order to help children be successful in attaining them.

General Information

Introducing the Common Core State Standards to Parents and Community Members- a general overview PowerPoint presentation.

Wondering what the Common Core is all about?  Watch this three minute video for a brief explanation of why states are adopting the Common Core State Standards.

California Department of Education Common Core State Standards page -click on the Students/Parents Tab for lots of information and resources about the CCSS.

Council of the Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps for ELA and Math -provides guidance to parents about what their children will be learning in Math and ELA/Literacy in each grade.

PTA Parent Guides to Student Success-these are available in long and short versions and include overviews of what children should be learning in each discipline, activities that parents can do at home, suggestions for building strong parent-teacher relationships, and tips for planning for college and career.

Achieve the Core-free content to help understand and implement the Common Core State Standards.

What is College and Career Ready? - This document clearly and concisely defines college and career readiness and explains why it is so important for students' success after high school.

 

Mathematics

Wondering how you can support your children with math at home?  Click here for a publication from the California Mathematics Council that has lots of helpful information.

Math Focus by Grade Level -click on a specific grade level to view the major, supporting, and additional clusters in mathematics.  You can also view the required fluencies for each grade level.

This 1:15 minute video produced by the Hunt Institute features Jason Zimba, a lead author of the Common Core State Standards.  Zimba explains the shifts in mathematics and what they require. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pBOnvzC_Yw

 

ELA/Literacy

Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars -looking for book suggestions for your child?  Click on this link for a list of text exemplars at all grade levels.

This 1:44 minute video produced by the Hunt Institute features Sue Pimentel, a lead author of the Common Core State Standards.  Pimentel explains the incorporation of grammar in the Standards and the need to focus on grammar and writing as indicated by post-secondary institutes and employers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoeh0r1Qe_k

 

Video Resources for Understanding the CCSS and the Shifts They Require:

This 36:35 minute video, featuring Sandra Alberti of Student Achievement Partners, describes how the Common Core State Standards look different than previous standards in classrooms and how the  expectations of students and teachers “shift” with the CCSS. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MzNNKeSJMs

 

This 2:42 minute video produced by the Hunt Institute gives background information about the need for Common Core State Standards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxefsLG2eps&feature=BFa&list=PLB8191D14AD2C69D

 

 

This 3:51 minute video produced by the Hunt Institute features David Coleman, a lead author of the Common Core State Standards.  Coleman explains the acquisition of knowledge through history, social studies, science, and other technical subject areas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zHWMfg_8r0

 

Video Resources about College and Career Readiness:

This 1:18 minute video produced by McGraw Hill Education features Timothy Shanahan, a member of ELA Common Core State Standards development team.  Shanahan describes how the CCSS make complex, challenging text central to instruction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5-uhmwsD6Y&feature=related

 

This 5:04 minute video features David Coleman, a lead author of the Common Core State Standards, at an Education Sector and College Summit event.  Coleman describes how a student’s ability to read a complex text independently with confidence is a predictor of college and career readiness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1cCo6dOcec