California Educator

May 2014

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Know & Tell Resources Common Core resources and websites Instruction and Professional Development — Includes resources, networking opportunities, discussion groups, podcasts, forums and CTA workshop materials for Common Core and other professional development topics. Issues and Action — Includes tips for getting started, background information, implemen- tation guides, teacher-developed lesson plans, Leadership Planning Guide, learning labs, and more. NEA Common Core State Standards Toolkit — This toolkit is a downloadable document that contains six areas for understanding, including English language learners, students with disabilities, and professional development. Lesson plans — Browse more than 3,000 lesson plans for grades 9-11 created by 130 creative math and English language arts teachers (including CTA members) aligned to the Common Core State Standards. GPS Network — Via the Great Public Schools (GPS) Network connect with teachers nationwide, collaborate and find resources on the new standards. California State PTA Parent Guide — Great guide for talking to parents about Common Core and assessments. — Good general information, specifically on the Basal Alignment and Anthology Alignment. — A wide variety of lesson plans and videos. Members really liked the Q&A section. — Check out the professional development kits for teachers and administrators. — Find K-8 practice problems for numbers and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability. — Find classroom videos, teacher interviews and bilingual parent tips for English language development. Members tell us they visit the California Department of Education website for the following: • Common Core Search has perhaps the best search engine using keywords and filters on all things CCSS. Find the link under the "Resources" heading. • Lists of approved mathematics and English language arts supplemental instructional materials that bridge the gap between instructional materials based on the 1997 standards and the CCSS. • CCSS communications toolkit including various parent documents translated into 17 languages. • Special Education Resources including guidelines and edu- cational standards describing what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. • Professional Learning Modules for various grades and in all subject areas. Located at We compiled the Common Core resources most often recommended at workshops across the state. Your fi rst stop is always the CTA website ( Here's what you'll fi nd on the CTA website: NEA has great resources, too More resources and why we like them What you'll get from the CDE ( 24 M AY 2 0 1 4 Educator 05 May 2014 v1.6 int.indd 24 5/16/14 3:21 PM

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