This page provides tools and materials for using the Library’s unique collections of primary source documents in the classroom. These teacher-created materials include lesson plans, document analysis tools, online and offline activities, timelines, presentations and professional development resources.
Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations
Information Fluency ~ NYC Dept. of Education / NYC School Library System
Inquiry is a fundamental building block of teaching and learning that empowers students to follow their sense of wonder into new discoveries and insights about the way the world works. The empowered learner calls upon information/inquiry skills to connect with what he or she knows, ask intriguing questions about what is not known, investigate the answers, construct new understandings, and communicate to share those understandings with others.
The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (NYS P-12 CCLS) serve as a consistent set of expectations for what students should learn and be able to do, so that we can ensure that every student across New York is on track for college and career readiness. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) will continue to develop educator resources to support the successful implementation of the CCLS in classrooms across New York State over the next several years
This resource describes in detail the six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA/Literacy and the six shifts to implement them in Math. As presented at various NBSLS meetings, the six instructional shifts and expanded as a PDF see [ ELA/Math Shifts expanded ].
AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database
The American Association of School Librarians' (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.
ELA Common Core: A grand opportunity for grand misconceptions
SmartBlog on Education (July 23, 2012) - Adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initiative opens the door for ideas, not necessarily because of the content of standards — the Brown Center on Education Policy pointed out that standards reform alone means diddly squat to outcomes — but because educators have another opportunity to network ideas. There is no time as potentially transformative as the present.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.
PDF- "The purpose of compiling this list is to make it so the teacher will be able to take all the works in the Academic Vocabulary List, by Jim Burke, and put them in a format that will make it easier to integrate them into a usable vocabulary program, or just to use in daily lessons." , Rick Smith
The Common Core State Standards Initiative offers the following overlapping Lexile bands (or Lexile ranges**, as defined by Common Core) to place texts in the following text complexity grade bands. According to the Common Core Standards, qualitative scales of text complexity should be anchored at one end by descriptions of texts representative of those required in typical first-year credit-bearing college courses and in workforce training programs. Similarly, quantitative measures should identify the college- and career-ready reading level as one endpoint of the scale.
Originally created at the University at Buffalo, NYLearns.org was developed in response to the profound need to assist teachers in understanding and applying a standards-based approach to teaching and learning – and in response to the need to deliver resources to teachers in ways that make the learning standards meaningful and manageable. NYLearns.org also owes its genesis to the need to bring focused and relevant educational resources to parents and children in an “anytime-anywhere” learning environment.
ASCD is an endorsing partner of the common core initiative. The newer, higher standards will require schools and communities to better and more comprehensively support student learning if students are to meet these enhanced expectations
Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.
EngageNY Publishers Criteria for ELA/Literacy and Math
Developed by the authors of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), these criteria are designed to guide publishers and curriculum developers as they work to ensure alignment with CCSS in developing curricular materials.
A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. The Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State education reform initiatives and how the changes will help your child graduate from high school ready for college and careers. We encourage parents and families to use these tools in conjunction with resources and information you receive from your child’s school and teachers. We will continue to build upon this toolkit as we receive feedback from educators and families
The video library is an innovative and differentiated resource that brings the Common Core instructional shifts, teacher and leadership evaluation and data driven instruction to life. The library, which will house hundreds of videos from around New York state, captures teaching and evaluation along a developmental arc and tags for characteristics like grade level, subject area, Common Core Standards and instructional shifts and teacher and leader evaluation rubric indicators. Videos range in length from short 5 minute clips to longer views of lessons up to 40 minutes. We encourage you to use these videos to support your professional development and to push your thinking around what effective teaching looks like in practice.