The following is a great question from a reader and my attempt to answer it. Join the conversation by email (abfosEd@gmail.com) or on Twitter (@AbfosEd)! Question I have been reading everything I can get my hands on that has CCSS stamped on it. I have an aggravating issue that I just can’t find guidelines for. [...]
by Andrew Foster Twitter @abfosEd In the last few months I’ve come across some interesting ideas for exploring the Common Core State Standards. The most effective professional development is teacher-led and teacher-focused. Whether you are a classroom teacher doing your own research, a team leader organizing CCSS introductory activities, or an administrator trying to get [...]
by Andrew Foster Twitter @abfosEd For most schools and districts, the process of implementation with the Common Core State Standards will include a lot of discussion about professional development, new CCSS-aligned materials, and technology upgrades that will help schools teach daily technology use and prepare for the “next generation” digital assessments. All necessary and helpful. [...]
by Andrew Foster Twitter @abfosEd I have been interested in the structure of the Common Core Standards since the day I heard about them. The way I heard it, the CCSS were supposed to be controversial, scary, and intimidating, and in some ways they fit those descriptions. I’ve found, however, that the simplicity and strength [...]
Links to State Departments of Education What states have adopted the Common Core Standards? These are links for each state’s response to the Common Core Standards. If you find a better link, please let us know in the comments. Here is a link to a LiveBinder site which compares the implementation progress across states: Curriculum [...]
Sam Dillon, reporter for the New York Times, has recently investigated the effect of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the education reform reflected in the Common Core Standards. He reports various political and research based efforts are included in the 360 education grants given by the Gates Foundation in 2009.