This professionally-made video provides a nice overview about the The Common Core State Standards and what it means for your students and curriculum. It was produced for MCPS (Montgomery County Public Schools) but applies to all teachers that are moving towards the Common Core Standards. (10:07)

This link is NOT a video, but provides 6 PDF documents for Common Core standards for math and reading/language arts/writing in grades K-5. The standards have been re-written into student friendly/parent friendly language.

The Common Core State Standards expand the use of literary non-fiction in later grades. Literary non-fiction include essays, founding documents, and speeches. English teachers are experts to help students understand this type of texts. This short video is great for professional development and offers a springboard for teachers and administrators to start discussing how best to implement Common Core in their schools. (1:33)

In this video, Mr. Almeida talks about the first 4 our of 8 mathematical practices found in the Common Core Standards. (1) Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (2) Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (3) Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. (4) Model with mathematics. Examples are provided on the computer screen as the narrator explains the examples. (12:01)

This video provides background on Common Core and examples of how and why it came about as well as showing examples. The professional development video is designed as an overview of the ELA standards of the Common Core using a video from The Teaching Channel. The presented task is to conduct a "close reading" of the video just with a piece of reading. Attention to the way information is presented, the producer's stance, strategies for explanation, and the selection of interviews, are some of the objectives of this video. Stressed are an integration of content in all disciplines and the use of more non-fiction works. Many interviews are shown to help provide examples. (14:13)

This Common Core State Standards video gives an in-depth analysis and discussion of Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail. The commentator provides an outline of how this literary text might be taught in the classroom. Students must read with care and pay attention to details to find the 3 arguments presented in the letter. This is a great modeling lesson for teachers (10:20).

From teachingchannel.org, produced by The Teaching Channel

Lesson Objective: See how teaching to the Common Core affects classroom practice. Questions to Consider: How will open-ended problem solving prepare students for future math classes?How will the addition of speaking and listening standards shape classroom activities?How does analyzing lessons for Common Core alignment help this group of teachers with their own practice?
(14mins)

The new Common Core standards now require elementary students to read more texts. Reading is equally balanced between literature and informational texts. The move from 7% to 50% reading time comes from the demand of what is expected in college and career. This is a great video for professional development. It provides a springboard for teachers and administrators to discuss how they will implement the Common Core standards in their schools. (2:14)

In this video, Mr. Almeida explains the last 4 mathematical practices found in the Common Core Standards. (#5) Use appropriate tools strategically. (6) Attend to precision. (7) Look for and make use of structure. (8) Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. Examples for each are provided on the computer screen while the narrator explains each example. (12:00)

From teachingchannel.org, produced by The Teaching Channel

Lesson Objective: See how teaching to the Common Core affects classroom practice. Questions to Consider: How can teachers help students learn to apply math and think about problem solving outside of the math classroom?What does the emphasis on "depth" look like in practice?How can we make adapting to Common Core a reflection point in our practice? Will the new standards change the way we teach?
(14mins)

This lecture gives insight into what the Common Core represents and how math teaching in other countries differs from that in the USA. The format is easy to follow, but no sources are quoted for the ideas presented. (06:00)

From teachingchannel.org, produced by The Teaching Channel

Lesson Objective: See how teaching to the Common Core affects classroom practice. Questions to Consider: Does the dialogue in this math classroom sound like your classroom now?What has the culture shift been like for teachers and students?How will the shift in emphasis on non-fiction reading and expository and persuasive writing benefit students?
(14mins)

This Common Core State Standards video shows the design of math progressions and how they play out in domains over grade spans. The team members wanted to build coherence so that different grade levels could see what is expected in other grades. This is a great resource for professional development and provides a springboard for discussions among teachers and administrators. (02:01)

Using evidence of what high performing countries are doing in math and college and career readiness was the basis for creating the common core standards in math. Focus is a guiding principle with the math standards. Focus means spending more time on fewer things at any given grade. This video does a good job on showing how the common core standards work together to build a basic, solid foundation and how each grade level builds on each other. This is a great resource for professional development and offers a springboard for teachers and administrators to discuss implementing the common core standards in schools. (08:11)

Melissa Ross, first-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School, demonstrates a lesson on place value and expanded form using a rekenrek. Common Core Standard 1. NBT.2. This is a great professional development resource to learn strategies for teaching tens and ones to early learners. (10:03)

In this video we learn that the Common Core State Standards provide opportunities for students to delve more deeply into more varied texts, especially literary non-fiction. Some of these literary non-fiction texts include sources like the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail. This video is a great resource for professional development and also for parents. (2:27)

This video gives good facts about the new common core standards initiative. The beginning of the video shows facts about how the US measures up with other countries. Then the new Common Core standards are discussed by teachers and administrators. It gives the who, what, where, when on CCCS. This is a great resource for introducing parents to CCCS and would also great for school professional development. (5:54)

In this video, Mr. Almeida explains how to use mental strategies to add within 20 using known sums to solve unknown sums. This is one of the strategies suggested in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, 1.OA.6 and 2.OA.2. With practice, this strategy can help students gain fluency when adding within 20. Eventually students will memorize these facts, which is expected by the end of grade 2. This is a great resource for parents, students, and teachers. (05:19)

Madeline Scotto has gone through a lot of math teaching methods. At age 100, she still teaches at Brooklyn's St. Ephrem's School. We talked with Madeline and no other approach to mathematics has caused her more concern than Common Core. (02:08)

Commissioner King frames the opportunities for educators to work with and apply The Common Core State Standards to help ensure students’ successful content mastery in mathematics and multiple areas of study. He encourages educators to begin this process by becoming fully informed on areas of focus and fluencies suggested by the Common Core, and then implementing these strategies in the coming 2011-12 school year. (3mins)

This 14-minute video provides an overview of the Common Core State Standards in ELA/Literacy. NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr. and contributing author David Coleman discuss the background of the Common Core State Standards, their value in the state, the principles of their development, and the changes required of schools during this transition. The video provides an introduction or re-introduction to the standards, as well as fodder for a discussion about what it will mean to implement these standards. After watching this video, educators might examine the performance data for their school (including 3-8 proficiency rates, 3-8 advanced performance, 3-8 subgroup performance, ELA Regents passing rates, ELA Regents aspirational performance (above a 75), the attainment of a Regents Diploma with advanced designation (7-9 Regents Exams with a score of 65 or above), participation in AP English Literature and AP English Language, performance on the AP exam, etc.) and ask themselves: Why the Common Core? Why Now? What are our takeaways regarding the 6 shifts in instruction for ELA/ Literacy? What are the implications for our school/ department/ district? Which of these shifts, at first glance, feel like natural, logical transitions for us and our students, and which feel like they will be more challenging?This is just one way of conducting professional development around this video. We encourage you to use this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. Please contribute to the discussion by telling us how YOU have used these videos! Which discussion questions did you find sparked the most collaboration amongst educators? What professional learning experiences did you design around the viewing? We want to hear from you so that educators across the state can benefit from your experience!

The Common Core method has many parents concerned. Complaints range from "it's too focused on understanding the steps instead of getting the right answer" to "it's too complicated, I can't even help my kids with their homework." (02:18)

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics include using general strategies that can be used to help students gain fluency when adding and subtracting within 20. The "make ten" strategy for addition is helpful. Once students master this skill, it can be used generally when adding 36 + 8. This is a strategy that students begin in kindergarten and are expected to master by the end of second grade. This would be a great resource for teacher professional development or for direction instruction. (5:06)

This lesson on equivalent fractions was designed for 4th grade based on Common Core standards. It appears the lesson is on an interactive whiteboard and answers the question what fraction is equivalent to 3/6?. This is a great resource to help students master this important skill. (04:38)

The common core standards ask students to master 3 basic types of writing: arguments, narratives, and explanation. Emphasis is on short, focused research projects. Research is at the core of these standards. Good writing comes from good reading!! This is a good resource for professional development. (0:35)