Common Core State Standards

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The AASL Crosswalk of the Common Core Standards and the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner is a series tables that help school librarians learn how the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the Common Core Standards align.

Position Statement on the Common Core College- and Career-Readiness Standards We encourage our members to study these standards to determine how school library programs support student success in meeting the Common Core Standards. We further urge our members to examine the grade level bands of the public draft K-12 standards, released on March 10, 2010, and have provided feedback regarding the draft.

The AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database is a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Users can search the database for lesson plans by learning standards and indicators, content topic, grade-level, resources used, type of lesson or schedule, keyword and much more. In addition, registered users can bookmark lesson plans in a portfolio for future use, rate and comment on lesson plans in the community, print to PDF and socially share lesson plans on the web, and create and publish their own lesson plans in the database.

Common Core Writing...Let the Librarian Help You. Excerpted from the AASL e‐Academy course, "Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected," facilitated by Paige Jaeger: www.ala.org/aasl/eacademy

Other On-line Resources

Bringing the Common Core to Life A series of webinars presented in the Spring of 2011 where participants engaged with a leading author and architect of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), David Coleman, to understand how the Core Standards for College and Career Readiness build on the work New York State has done in developing a standards-based system and their specific implications for teachers and instructional leaders state wide.

Closer Readings A weekly blog from EDSITEment which shares applications using EDSITEment/National Endowment for the Humanities resources for the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core Implementation Video Series Videos developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers to help educators better understand the breadth of the Common Core State Standards and how they will cultivate lifelong learning for all students. The segments are organized into separate mathematics and English language arts sections, and demonstrate critical concepts related to each.


Common Core State Standards Initiative As stated on the about page: "The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce." Librarians should be familiar with these standards whether or not your state has adopted them.

Hossack, Andrew. Grappling with Complex Informational Text - Common Core Literacy. Engageny. December 7, 2012. A fifth grade classroom teacher's students use close reading strategies.

King, John B., Jr. and David Coleman. Common Core in ELA/Literacy: an Overview. 2012. This short video offers background on the Common Core State Standards and their implementation.

Library of Congress Common Core Resource Center You can search this vast collection of resources by standard, state, grade level or subject.

NEA Common Core State Standards Toolkit. The resources contained in this overview provide a general understanding of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a growing set of advocacy tools. NEA has compiled these materials to snapshot key areas of implementation and assist in broad communications about the Standards."

Smith, Malbert,III. Not So Common: Comparing Lexile Measures with the Standards' Other Text Complexity Tools. Metametrics. 2012. Offers insights into the relevance of text complexity in the scope of the Common Core State Standards.

Tienken, Christopher H. 2011 Common Core State Standards: An Example of Data-Less Decision Making AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice 3-18. The editor of this publication's take on Common Core State Standards.

Wahlstrom, Deborah. An Implementation Guide For Integrating Literacy In Science Provides an overview of the Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.