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Successfully implementing Common Core or state standards can be done more easily and more quickly than you might think

Thousands of educators across the US have used the tools and resources in Edivation, the new PD 360, to masterfully implement their state standards and raise test scores in the process. Now, your educators can use these same tools to replicate that success.

The content in Edivation provides detailed, comprehensive examples of how the leading districts, schools, and classrooms have successfully implemented their state standards.

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Everything you need for state-standard success is in Edivation

Edivation contains the largest library of Common Core and state standard training videos available, with hundreds of videos:

Footage of hand-selected master teachers demonstrating Common Core- and state standard-aligned lessons in their own classrooms that will walk your teachers through every standard in every grade and subject area
Standards-specific, downloadable lesson plans

Crosswalking tools

With Edivation, you get the crosswalking resources you need to successfully take the first steps in implementing the Common Core in a district or school:

Detailed guidelines for creating a powerful, persuasive Common Core message that ensures the buy-in of educators and the community at large—created by experts in the Kentucky Department of Education, the first state to implement the Common Core
Videos mapping out the strategies that successful states are using to turn high-level Common Core initiatives into plans that districts and schools can use to implement the Standards in hundreds and thousands of classrooms
Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ Mapping to the Core LumiBook that helps leaders crosswalk school curriculum to the Common Core by showing them how to coordinate curriculum across grades and subject areas, all aligned to the Standards

A roadmap to the Standards

The Learning Progressions tool in Edivation gives users a quick, easy way to locate individual standards and see how they progress.

Search individual Common Core standards by grade and subject
Get a simple, scannable view of how a single standard progresses from kindergarten all the way through grade 12
Search an individual standard and get instant access to all of the resources available to help implement that standard

“Common Core 360 is a remarkable tool! Making it accessible to our teachers has made it much easier for them to understand and implement the new standards”

— Lynette Eichers, Professional Development/Title I Specialist Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Granite School District, Utah


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  • ELA Student Project: Taking Action for Human Rights (CC Aligned)

    tenth-grade common core-aligned lesson plan
    tenth-grade common core-aligned lesson planThis tenth-grade Common Core-aligned ELA lesson plan was prepared by Elizabeth Gartley and is hosted on the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) website.Whether you’ve brought it up in class or not, there’s a good chance that the Michael Brown slaying is being discussed among your students. In the wake of everything going on in Ferguson, I thought I’d post this tenth-grade Common Core-aligned ELA lesson plan (also suitable for grades 11 and 12) called “Taking Action for Human Rights”—a lesson that could easily begin with a discussion about events in Missouri.With such delicate subject matter, of course, you’ll have to decide whether it’s safe to discuss Ferguson at all, let alone allow students to use it for this assignment. I think that given the right circumstances it could be a good fit, if not, at very least, a contextual starting point for introducing the project.This is part one of a four-part project. Stay tuned over the next few days as I post subsequent additions to this tenth-grade Common Core-aligned ELA lesson plan.Common Core standards covered in this lesson plan:CC.11-12.W.7, CC.9-10.W.8, CC.11-12.W.8, CC.9-10.R.L.1, CC.9-10.R.L.2, CC.9-10.L.4.c, CC.11-12.L.4.d, CC.11-12.L.1.b, CC.11-12.L.3, CC.11-12.L.4.c, CC9-10RS/TS1, CC11-12RS/TS1, CC.9-10.SL.2, CC.9-10.SL.3, CC.11-12.R.I.7, CC9-10WH/SS/S/TS1a, CC9-10WH/SS/S/TS2a, CC.9-10.W.5, CC11-12WH/SS/S/TS1a, CC11-12WH/SS/S/TS2a, CC.11-12.W.2, CC.11-12.R.I.3OverviewStudents are to research and craft action plans identifying concerns over a select, contemporary human rights violation. Students will establish why the case is significant and defend their position with evidence, e.g.: specifying the rights being violated, citing relevant human rights organizations, documents, etc. The project will include a conclusion statement, a case study, and a creative element, all to be shared with peers.Common Core Lesson Plans - Downloadable and Ready-to-UseTenth-grade Common Core-aligned ELA lesson plan assignment details:1. Which articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have been broken?2. Describe the human rights case.3. Include a bibliography.4. What work has already been done on this case? Which organizations have participated in that work?5. How would you solve the problems in this case?6. Completed project should contain:
    • A petition or letter
    • A summary of the human rights case
    • A presentation (feel free to get creative)
    To see the entire lesson, click here.
    • Tenth-Grade Common Core-Aligned ELA Lesson
  • Common Core-Aligned Professional Development for Teachers

    common-core-aligned-professional-development-for-teachersCommon Core-Aligned Professional Development for Teachers. With the advent of the Common Core, unfamiliar content has been placed in front of every teacher who feels unprepared to take on such a task. So, how do we cultivate classrooms that are ready for the new transition? Through Common Core-aligned professional development for teachers. While professional development for teachers has been proven to significantly increase student achievement, it will also give teachers the confidence to move forward in alignment with the Common Core.Just recently, the Center for American Progress released “Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts” in which they identify the influence professional development for teachers has on the transition to the new standards. Among the nine steps provided as advice for better implementation, professional development is prominent in two of the steps:
    • Invest in training and ongoing professional development for teachers
    • Provide teachers with more time for ongoing professional development, as well as to plan and collaborate together
    The Center for American Progress recognizes that “teaching to the Common Core and preparing students to reach more rigorous standards than ever before requires teachers to change their practice and pedagogy. It is unreasonable, however, to expect teachers to accomplish this on their own. For a smooth transition, states should make considerable investments in ongoing, high-quality, job-embedded professional development that is content specific and teaches the standards, related curricula, assessments, best practices, and strategies.”Common Core Lesson Plans - Downloadable and Ready-to-UseAdd all of this to research conducted by the American Institute for Research, and the case for PD as the primary solution for Common Core alignment is strong. The research found that when professional development for teachers is “designed appropriately,” it can “improve student achievement.” And the numbers are astounding. The Institute found that an average of 49 hours of professional development increased student achievement by a full 21 percentile points.Check out School Improvement Network’s Common Core-aligned professional development for teachers, and join over a million educators in a collaborative online community.
  • Common Core Elementary Writing Rubrics

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    Elementary Writing Rubric Common CoreCommon Core Elementary Writing Rubrics Many worry that the skills outlined in the Common Core writing standards are too difficult for young children, but with support and Common Core elementary writing rubrics, educators are finding success at helping kids understand and thrive within Common Core writing.For example, let’s take a three-year period—4th grade to 6th grade. fourth, fifth, and sixth grade elementary writing rubrics.At first glance, the standard may seem like a little much to expect of 6th graders—demonstrate an understanding of topic/text, use linking words and phrases appropriately, connect reasons to opinions, provide a clear explanation/analysis of how evidence supports opinion, and use academic and domain-specific vocabulary appropriate for the audience. Without support and resources this could be too much to expect for kids to achieve in order to be considered “at grade level.”Common Core Lesson Plans - Downloadable and Ready-to-UseBut, when the sequence of Common Core elementary writing rubrics from just 4th through 6th grade is looked at as a whole, it can be seen that students are being prepared to for the information they will learn in the next grade. We can see that in 4th and 5th grade, students will be trained to form and articulate opinions. By the 6th grade, they grow to not only form basic opinions, but opinions that can be expressed in written arguments. In 4th and 5th grade, students will be trained to use linking words to connect their opinions. By the 6th grade, students are expected to use that training to connect their reasons to their newly formed arguments.Each year, students are going to be given a new focus on content and vocabulary that is going to shape and guide them towards the next year of learning.This is why the transition will be difficult to begin, but once the wheels begin rolling, we might be surprised at what our students can handle.Common Core Elementary Writing RubricsView all the Common Core aligned writing rubrics provided by Hayward Unified School District in California.
  • Eighth-Grade Common Core Standards Math Lesson: Analyze and Solve Linear Equations

    I really like this eighth-grade Common Core Standards math lesson from the Edivation (the new PD 360) video library. It shows three talented young teachers at

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