Common Core State Standards Resource

Education requires, "Teachers who while teaching, learn; and, who in learning also teach."

- Paulo Freire, "Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage"

Common Core State Standards according to Michelle Locke's article, "Core Changes", which appeared in the Scholastic Administrator's Winter, 2012, issue, is an "ambitious undertaking". It's time she writes to consider how this will affect your district. What we are here today is to prepare ourselves for the dramatic shift. We will, according to all of the published literature authored by leading educational entities, have to:
  • embrace change
  • manage the uncertainty
  • tie all the pieces together
  • stay the course

This wiki is being created to compile resources regarding the Common Core State Standards. It is largely based on information retrieved at OTAEM12 on February 7th and 8th, 2012, after attending Dr. Perri Applegate's presentation, "Technology in the Common Core State Standards". I am posting and referencing her information with her permission and request to give attribution to her works. Thank you, Dr. Applegate.

A critical component of Common Core is the proficient use of technology although there is not a separate technology component; however, the students are required to use technology to answer the questions they are being assessed on. They are asked to evaluate, synthesis, and report as they problem solve and analyze all text specifically electronic text. In addition they will have to perform a variety of tasks that are reflective of basic fundamental knowledge of technology. Common Core is the new blue print for learning!! There will be four cumulative assessments per year all online for 3-12th grades beginning 2014-15. PARRCS does not, at present, have an assessment for science and social studies content areas. EOIs will continued to be the testing format for science and social studies.

Here's a snapshot of what students must be able to do:
  • 4th grade - dragging and dropping for storytelling
  • 5th grade - hyperlinks for research (National Geographic) then edit and save
  • Secondary Math - given data plot information using a scatter plot to describe the relationship between graduation rate, per pupil expenditure, and ptr analyze the shape distribution. Is there a linear relationship? Use a spread sheet to summarize the nature of the trend. Intrepret the slope and explain (PPE, graduation rates, and ptr). PTR stands for personal tax rate. I'll confirm this.
Below is a clip of Dr. Applegate's presentation posting with her permission. Please watch.

Linked here is a link to Dr. Applegate's blog. Referenced in her blog is another resource worth including. It is a LiveBinder entitled, "Integration of Technology in the Common Core" as they relate to NETS.

It is urgent that our students become technology literate and proficient with 21st century skills. It must be common practice and ubiquitous. It must be a priority!!

Another critical issue is the reading skills our students will be expected to attain. Common Core is based on Lexile reading levels. Here's another transition we must make, i.e. Lexile reading levels not AR. Lexile is more rigorous.

Listed here as a link is Dr. Applegate's PowerPoint.

If I said intergenerational? What comes to your mind? If I said intergenerational school what would you say? What would you think? How many think the concept a novel idea worthy of consideration? What if I told you about an intergenerational school right here in Oklahoma? Intergenerational School

Education in the 21st Century is about making the classroom smaller and world bigger. Learning in the 21st Century is about teaching that extends past the four walls of the classroom. It's about innovation. It's about incorporating more fun and real-world application. It's about:
  • collaborating to solve real world problems in the context of cross curricular learning projects

Teachers will need to develop new resources. For example, teachers (Locke, 2012) will be expected to "tackle three or four big ideas in math for each grade level, rather than just getting through as much content as possible-fractions this week, multiplication the next."

It will mean a shift in what kids are reading. For example, more informational text will need to be incorporated including primary and secondary sources, scientific materials, qualitative resources, maps, charts, and digital media through extended research projects that require students to analyze, synthesize, and reflect upon complex text. Lexile will be a factor as you heard Dr. Applegate mention. I suggest reading Dr. Marzano's book, "Using Technology With Classroom Instruction That Works". Students must be able to use:

Word processing applications - MS Word and Google Docs
Spreadsheet applications - Excel and Google Spreadsheets
Organizing and brainstorming applications - Inspiration, Kidspiration, Linoit
Multimedia - iMovie, Movie Maker, Keynote, Powerpoint, Open Resources
Data collection tools - Probeware, USB microscopes, Response Systems
Web resources - virtual tours, applets, simulations
Communication applications - blogs, email, podcasts, wikis, IM


Using Twitter to connect and collaborate with teachers and students in different states. A classroom in New Jersey working with a classroom in Iowa to design a "Jurassic Park" using different geological time periods.

Student designed lesson plans on mitosis and meiosis voted on by the students that include instructions for teachers and learning activities. The teacher will post the site for voting using Twitter.

Write an essay about how the English colonies used and grew cash crops using Twitter to research and gather information. Students will use formal quotes, correct citations, and bibliographies.

Students will gather and build a repository of information on religion and commerce in the Middle Colonies to design a profile timeline using bookmarked information retrieved on Twitter. Students will be assessed using a rubric inclusive of evidence of grammatically correct Tweets.

Why Twitter? The best researchers and the best organizations all congregate on Twitter. This, according to an article in Scholastic Administrator, Winter, 2012, by Esther Shein showcasing principal Eric Sheninger, who has more than 16,000 followers on Twitter @NMHS_Principal, is the place where conversations are started about "improving professional practice".

Twitter is the 8th most popular website in the U.S.
Twitter has 200 million users world wide
Twitter generates more than 200 million Tweets per day

Another HUGE player in this mix with regards to technological acumens is the use of Google Apps in Education and the Google Chrome Book. Here's what the quintessential 21st century classroom looks like.


Additionally, Leu et al. (2005) identified the following three important points to ponder before bringing new literacies to classrooms:

  1. Simply using software programs on computers does not prepare students for new literacies' expectations.
  2. New literacies are deictic in that they constantly change and require teachers to embrace these changes.
  3. New literacies are essential in classrooms so that equal opportunities are offered to all students.

Our K20 Grant proposal is another example of what the 21st century classroom looks like.
Learning that is genuine not fragmented
Learning is connected to life
Learning that helps students develop new understandings and knowledge
Learning that is purposeful and directed
Learning that has a strong sense of individual and social responsibility

Research that shows student achievement is greater in schools with representation from leadership, academic partners, and community support (Newmann & Wehlage, 1995). Students also learn more when teachers teach authentically focused on purposeful engaging, collaborative activities where learning is a collective responsibility for all stakeholders (Newmann & Associates, 1996).

A very good example of 21st Century that embodies CCSS is our K20 proposal just submitted. Not only is it representative of the shift we have been focusing on, K20 partnering schools have a 74% greater increase in their API in comparison to the state's average API increase.

Please watch this

Common Core is about making a difference. It's about connecting with your students. Be a Johnny!

Sue Gendron's Presentation from Bristow, August 14, 2012

Sue Gendron

Quadrant D Learning Acquisition from Rigor/Relevance Framework
Students have the competence to think in complex ways and to apply their knowledge and skills. Even when confronted with perplexing unknowns, students are able to use extensive nowledge and skill to create solutions and take action that further develops their skills and knowledge

Students Receiving Special Services

Additional Resources as listed in Scholastic Administrator, Winter, 2012, issue.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

Lexile Help

Up-To-Date News

Common Core K-6 App

Common Core Math Apps 6th - 8th Grade (from Tech & Learning)

Curriculum Expertise ASCD

Program Alignment Scholastic

The National Council of Teachers of English

The National Council of Teachers of Math

Teaching Channel Videos

A-List Education test prep for students grades 5-12/how does new curricula fit in with SAT and ACT