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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Common Core Update. Nearly every state has signed on to use the Common Core State Standards as a framework for teaching English/language arts and mathematics. This monthly newsletter includes news and opinions on the standards, their implementation, and the assessments aligned to them.

A number of national school organizations are trying to introduce parents to the common-core standards through written materials, videos, public service announcements, and in-person presentations.
Includes Audio: Common-Core PSAs

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Dissatisfied with what was available, Utah educators are producing high school math e-textbooks they aim to align with the standards.
Some question what's been dubbed "Obama Core," but others are more sympathetic to the standards push.

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Online learning communities will help make the transition to the common-core standards easier, Christine Newell writes.

Poking Fun at the Common Standards
(September 25, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Common Core Reaches Into Science Classes, Survey Finds
(September 24, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Paper Decries 'Literature Deficit' in Common Standards
(September 21, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Study Finds Achievement Differences Tied to Curricular Choices
(September 20, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Will the Common Assessments Be Used as a Graduation Requirement?
(September 19, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Educating ELL Families on Common-Core Standards
(September 19, 2012, Learning the Language Blog)

In less than three years, the Common Core State Standards have vaulted over key hurdles, surprising more than a few naysayers. Today, all but four states have formally adopted them, and groups of states have begun developing tests and supplemental resources for the common standards. This infographic follows the progression of the recent common-standards movement.

The Common Core State Standards are beginning to influence English/language arts instruction. This free Spotlight focuses on reading and writing across the subjects, a greater emphasis on nonfiction texts, the debate over prereading, and criticisms of the standards. Get it now.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4 to 5 p.m. ET
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Two experienced instructional leaders at the elementary level—one in language arts and one in math—will take educators inside the common standards and offer strategies for adapting instruction to new content-coverage and conceptual-learning goals. The session will include practical tips on planning lessons, adjusting instructional practice, and overcoming common obstacles. Underwriting for the content of this webinar has been provided by the GE Foundation.
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Rebroadcast: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
Giving students personalized learning experiences is crucial to improving education, and the use of digital tools can make it easier and less time-consuming for teachers to accomplish this. In this webinar, you’ll learn the top 10 tips on how to give students access to information in the way that best suits them. The presenters will also share examples of digital aids, websites, and apps, and explain how automated data collection can help teachers discover student strengths and weaknesses that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Click here to register for this webinar rebroadcast.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
What will it take for schools to see dramatic improvements in SAT and ACT scores? Join representatives from both testing organizations for a live chat to discuss the latest scores from the class of 2012 and recommendations for moving the dial.
Click here to receive a email reminder about this chat.

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