August 29, 2014

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Free Common Core Resources for Parents


With the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) rolling out across the country, educators are pulling together resources to help understand how the new initiative will affect their children. School library consultant Jennifer Maurer of the Oregon State Library culled these quick links for its public libraries to push out—targeted at critical partners in children’s education: their parents.

First are two sets of brochures from the National PTA, written as two- and four-page downloadable brochures in both English and Spanish, and broken down by grades K–8 and high school. The brochures outline in colorful graphics the topics students will face, and ways that parents can talk with their son or daughter’s teacher to better understand the new standards. There are also tips to support learning at home.

Then there’s Parent Roadmaps, created by the Council of Great City Schools, a national K–12 educational organization. It’s also designed for grades K–8, with a separate set for high school grades. These full-color brochures for the English Language Arts standards, as well as the Mathematics portion, are free to download and even direct parents to sign their kids up for library cards.

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  1. There’s also a really nice roundup of Common Core resources for parents at Reading Rockets:

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