The Common Core State Standards are being introduced in all but four states, presenting the need for immediate and far-reaching instructional changes. This exclusive online-only story package explores the ways classroom educators, in a variety of subjects and with a diverse range of students, are adapting to the new framework for teaching and learning.

Sarah Kirby, 17, looks for textual evidence to support her interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby during an advanced English class at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y. South Side's principal, Carol Burris, says that more rigorous coursework can help schools make the transition to the common standards.
—Emile Wamsteker for Education Week.

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A Real-World Geometry Lesson
Take the biggest (and the smallest) table challenge: This whole-class geometry lesson gives students a new perspective on area and perimeter. Covers the practice and content standards under the common core.
March 13, 2013 Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson discusses the effects of the common standards on instructional practice and teacher professional development.
March 13, 2013 Educators around the country are exploring innovative ways to teach the new common-core literacy standards, and some are calling attention to an approach they say is working well: cross-subject thematic units.
March 13, 2013 Despite often lacking support and clear guidance, math educators are taking steps to refine their practice and adopt creative methods to help at-risk and struggling students make the shift to the new instructional paradigm.
March 13, 2013 Veteran principal Carol Burris has a suggestion for schools struggling to transition to the common standards: Make classes harder.
March 13, 2013 Both the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration are expanding their digital offerings to help teachers address common-core textual-analysis objectives.
March 13, 2013 Many teachers are finding ways to continue teaching poetry despite the common core's emphasis on nonfiction reading.
March 13, 2013 High school math teacher Alison Crowley says the common standards are helping her go beyond steps-based instruction.
March 13, 2013 Joel Malley, a high school English teacher who specializes in digital-writing methods, reflects on the course of his work under the common standards.

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