As a new school year is on the cusp of beginning, schools face the new challenge of switching from the current standards to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Here are some helpful websites for you and your districts.
- The Ohio Department of Education(ODE) has set up many resources for the transition from current standards to CCSS. If you are not familiar with the new standards, here is a good starting point. http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelationID=1696&ContentID=83819&Content=105524
This is good, basic information about the CCSS from the ODE. About half-way down you can find the link to the standards themselves along with background information and explanations about the CCSS. At the top of the page is the Model Curriculum link. This link is to examples of best practices to teach the new standards. The best practices presented in this Model Curriculum were collected from teacher team meetings held last summer. Teachers from all of the regions across Ohio were invited to attend meetings lead by Lead Content Experts who explained the CCSS. Teachers then submitted teaching strategies that they currently use which meet or exceed the new CCSS. The best or the bests were then honed, edited and posted here as Model Curriculum. These strategies are not intended to be the prescribed curriculum but a playbook from which teachers can draw on resources. This is a growing, working document. If you have exceptional teaching strategies for CCSS and would like them for consideration for the Model Curriculum, please contact this writer or the ODE.
2. Want to compare current standards with CCSS? Again ODE has come through. Teacher leaders and ODE staff have worked together to create “Crosswalks” for every subject. These crosswalks are presented as downloadable PDFs and compare the two sets of standards.
a. Math K-8
b. Social Studies http://www.education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelationID=1706&ContentID=76598
c. ELA http://education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=1699&ContentID=92009&Content=105649
3. But is there an app for CCSS? You betcha! Two different companies have produced apps for the CCSS for both IPhones and Androids. Check out http://www.masteryconnect.com/. CCSS on the go AND it is free. LearningUnited also has one available however it is only k-6. http://learningunited.blogspot.com/
4. Are you ready to dive into CCSS? Are you inspired? If not, don’t fret! The Gates Foundation has worked to put together Curriculum Maps for an entire year of ELA K-12 aligned to CCSS. Pick your grade level and find maps for CCSS. You will also find teaching ideas, books to use and other resources. http://www.commoncore.org/maps/
5. Want to get more involved? The Common Core State Standards Initiative is take sign-ups for their mailing list. http://www.corestandards.org/get-involved. You can continue to follow me here and on Twitter @Darlasays. In the next few weeks I will be looking at new assessments aligned with the new CCSS. I will keep my readers posted.