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Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare children for college and the workforce. These standards are created from the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in college courses and in workforce training programs. Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty-first century, skills related to media use are integrated throughout the new Common Core Standards. We encourage you to visit www.corestandards.org for more information. For alignment with Tennessee ELA standards, please visit www.tncurriculumcenter.org.

In this Educational Leadership article, Dr. Timothy Shanahan, a noted literacy expert, dismantles five myths about the standards and shows what they really entail.

The Tennessee Department of Education worked with Early Grades Reading and Math teachers and coordinators to develop a process to assist teachers with understanding the new Common Core State Standards in the Summer of 2011. Read More
Please visit Tennessee Electronic Learning Center’s Educator Resources for the full content of the Common Core Standards Training conducted by the Tennessee Department of Education in Summer 2011. (Note: The link above will take you directly to iTunes where you can download the free Standards Training information. Please look for the image on the right to access this file.)

Our goal is to introduce the Common Core State Standards to the audience through an online professional learning community in a way that appeals to today’s independent learner.

These resources and activities are related to best practices in Reading and Language instruction and development of young children. Nationwide, integrating CCSS poses a challenge for teachers. Tennessee is taking a proactive stance introducing early grades teachers to CCSS before they become a requirement.

You will find five buttons at the bottom of each Common Core Standards page: Media, Teaching Strategies, Lesson and Unit Plans, Activities/Centers and Assessments. These were created to provide teachers with relevant resources and support individual learning styles. Click the Media button to view the videos of webinars, lectures, discussions and other interactive resources. Clicking the Teaching Strategies button will take you to a page with a list of different approaches to teaching. The Lesson Plans and Units button will connect you to a wealth of complete plans. By clicking the Activities/Center button, you could get ideas on how to introduce individual and group activities that are aligned with the standards and fun for kids! Explore and enjoy!