New and improved “Common Sense for Common Core” website

Alexandra Wladich  //  Oct 23, 2013

New and improved “Common Sense for Common Core” website

Do you have questions about the Common Core State Standards? Are you looking for free resources and nonfiction and literature book lists? Well, look no further!

We are excited to announce the upgrade and redesign of our Common Core State Standards website, “Common Sense for Common Core."

Highlights of the site, include:

Expert Videos – Educational videos from leading experts and authors covering such topics as text complexity and growth mindset are available for access anytime.

Get Answers – A team of 17 expert educators specializing in technology, writing, math, early literacy and special education will answer questions about the Common Core from parents, teachers and administrators.

Nonfiction and Literature Book Lists – Sortable Common Core book lists for grades K-12, curated by librarians and reading experts, help teachers go beyond the “exemplars” in Appendix B of the Common Core and find nonfiction text types arranged according to themes and a literature list arranged according to genres – from historical fiction to poetry to drama.

Improved Product Finder – Research-based programs that will help students develop the reading comprehension and fluency skills needed to be college and career ready and to thrive in an ever-changing world. Scholastic’s Common Core-ready offerings provide skill assessment tools and a range of products for Grades K-12 designed to meet the new standards and foster a love of learning.

Common Core Basics– A starting point for teachers and parents to learn and understand the Common Core State Standards, the site includes basic information about which states have adopted the standards, a glossary of key words and phrases that have a meaning unique to the Common Core, and the most up-to-date information on implementing the Language Arts and Math standards. 

Free Resources for Educators Educators can find tips on how to craft effective evidence-based questions, download Common Core lesson plans and watch video introductions to the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Books to Read at Home– Reading at home helps children succeed in the classroom. A list of our experts’ favorite books for grades 1-8 helps parents choose texts to read at home with their children. All titles are available in the Scholastic Store.

●Ways to Connect – The “Common Sense for Common Core” website helps educators and parents find Common Core conversations on Twitter and Facebook, and aggregates content from frizzle, Scholastic’s blog on education, and Scholastic Administr@tor magazine, an essential resource for education leaders on technology, best practices, assessments and leadership strategies