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10,000 Teachers Collaborate on Common Core-Alignment Project

By Tom Vander Ark — January 22, 2013 2 min read
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None of those old basal textbooks are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, but they all include great content. What to do? About 10,000 teachers on Edmodo have turned to the The Basal Alignment Project,
an online library of revised replacement lessons from common basal reading series (3rd-5th grades) each carefully aligned to the Common
Core State Standards (Request to join the Edmodo Group).

When teachers find the lessons, they say, “Holy Macaroni! These are fabulous! If these don’t show how the basal can be used to teach the Common Core, I
don’t what I would!”

Contributing messages look like this, “11 new lessons have been added to the BAP library. That makes a total of 41 new revisions in the last week. Whew!!
The updated folders include HMH Journeys, HMH Medallion/Reading, HMH Nation’s Choice, HMH StoryTown, MH Treasures, MH (CA) Treasures, and Pearson Reading
Street. Enjoy!” The project includes folders for the leading basals, about 11 in total.

The project was spearheaded and announced by the Council of Great City Schools and is one of many Common
Core supports developed by Student Achievement Partners (SAP). SAP was founded by
three of the lead authors of the Common Core and focuses on development and dissemination of resources, like the Basal Alignment Project, to support
educators in implementing the new standards. Most resources developed can be found on AchieveTheCore.org where
they point out the three primary shifts in English Language Arts:

1. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

2. Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational; and

3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic language.

Implementing higher college and career ready standards is a heavy lift. It’s good to have SAP on the case. The Common Core and collaborative platforms like
Edmodo make it easy for teachers to share resources and strategies.

The following are a dozen more recent Getting Smart articles about implementing Common Core ELA standards:

  1. Will Common Core State Standards Accelerate or Slow Innovation?

  2. Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Expectations Explained

  3. Q&A: George Rislov On Common Core (1 of 2)

  4. Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Expectations Explained

  5. Q&A: George Rislov On More Common Core Assessments (2 of 2)

  6. Common Core Launches Avalanche of Innovation

  7. Curriculum Associates Releases New ‘Ready’ Program For Common Core

  8. Common Core Will Save Not Cost Billions

  9. 10 Common Core Resources

  10. Teaching & Testing the Common Core

  11. Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors

  12. Something In Common: The Common Core Standards

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