To implement the Common Core Standards with fidelity, teachers need high-quality guidance and support. Here are five online sources where your teachers can get the Common Core support they need—including instructional videos, webinars, and networks of professionals with whom they can share ideas and strategies.
- ASCD’s EduCore and Common Core Resources Project on iTunes U
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), has created a website with Common Core articles, videos, webinars, sample teaching modules, and more. Called EduCore, the site also links to a collection of 23 free iTunes U courses from ASCD designed to help teachers successfully implement the Common Core Standards for both math and ELA at each grade level.
- ISTE’s Project ReimaginED
A new online community from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), called Project ReimaginED, helps educators implement the Common Core. Developed in conjunction with the National Council for Literacy Education, Project ReimaginED “is your opportunity to collaborate with your fellow educators to redesign your classroom activities to meet the Common Core and ISTE Standards,” according to the site. “Within this new social learning community, K-12 teachers and coaches will work with standards experts and other community members in real time to develop real lessons they can share and implement anywhere.”
- TenMarks Math Teach
TenMarks Education, a math practice and assessment site owned by Amazon, has launched a free service called TenMarks Math Teach. It combines instructional resources and professional development to help educators teach Common Core math in grades 2-6. Teachers can get a bird’s eye view of how the math standards are interconnected across grade levels, recommendations for remediation and enrichment activities, and other Common Core support.
- Triumph Learning’s CommonCore.com
Triumph Learning, a publisher of standards-aligned instructional materials and literacy programs, has created a website around Common Core support for teachers. The appropriately called CommonCore.com includes interactive clinics, videos, lesson plans, blogs, and white papers intended to give educators best practices in integrating the standards into their instruction.
- School Improvement Network’s Edivate and Teaching Strategy of the Week
Edivate is a highly personalized on-demand professional learning platform that is driven by a recommendation engine that suggests videos and other resources based on teachers’ needs and interests. It also contains hundreds of useful videos that are helping educators across the country implement the Common Core.
Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Edivate for full access to the product’s 2,500-plus research-based instructional videos—and most of these videos include downloadable lesson plans and study guides. Once the free trial ends, if you choose not to subscribe, you’ll still have lifetime access to the Edivate educator community, through which you can follow conversations, find and share resources, and get other Common Core support.
Each week, School Improvement Network releases one of the videos from Edivate for teachers and administrators to access free of charge. In the Teaching Strategy of the Week archives, you’ll find dozens of free examples of Common Core-aligned lessons for teaching skills such as solving math story problems with hidden information, persuasive writing, and more.