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Common Core Implementation Video Series

To further aid states as they continue to implement the Common Core State Standards (Standards), the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Standards in far greater depth.

Several of the key Standards writers were asked, in their own words, to talk about how the Standards were developedand the goals they set for all students.

These videos were developed to help diverse groups – educators, policymakers, parents – better understand the breadth and depth of the Standards and how they will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students. The segments are organized into separate Mathematics and ELA sections, and demonstrate critical concepts related to each.

States, schools, districts and teachers can use these videos in a number of ways—including, but not limited to:

  • Start compelling conversations about setting state or district policy goals, orienting staff to new classroom demands, assessing professional development tools, and creating local curricula and instructional materials
  • Help educators understand the major changes and advances in their state standards and their impact on what happens in classrooms
  • Use as strong lead-ins to teacher and administrator engagement in implementation and in setting higher expectations for students
  • Help parents understand the true essence of the Standards – why changes were important, what will be different in the educational experiences of their children, and how shared expectations—between parents and teachers—can help support children’s learning
  • Galvanize support for schools – educating parents and community leaders toward a shared goal of helping all students succeed

Each user should decide how to package the video vignettes in a way that best serves individual or organizational purposes. The segments can be used individually or can easily be linked together to create a customized package.

Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success

Conventions of Standard English Writing and Speaking

Gathering Momentum for Algebra

  • Animated introductory segment that tees up vignette series
  • History of Standards, development
  • Promise of college-and-career ready students
  • Asserts the importance of good grammar
  • Applying complex conventions to writing and speaking as grade levels increase
  • Discussion of formal and informal communications
  • Description of "Algebra Wall" -- a challenge for many students under previous standards
  • Ramp building from kindergarten to Algebra in all domains
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Helping Teachers: Coherence and Focus

High School Math Courses

Literacy in Other Disciplines

  • Role of teachers in drafting math standards
  • Coherence -- seeing forward and backward
  • Focus—doing fewer things more deeply
  • Details that help teachers
  • Fractions highlighted
  • Careful, prescribed sequence of mathematics that builds skills and mastery for elementary and middle school
  • Explanation of two reasons for a different approach to high school
  • How mathematics is better connected and cohesive at high school levels
  • Modeling and probability/statistics in all math subjects
  • How ELA Standards apply -- and require mastery -- across several disciplines (History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects)
  • In-depth discussion of Madison and Federalist Paper 51
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Literary Non-Fiction in Grades 6-12: Opening New Worlds for Teachers and Students

Literary Non-Fiction in the Classroom: Opening New Worlds for Students

Mathematical Practices, Focus and Coherence in the Classroom

  • Expanded use of literary non-fiction in later grades
  • In-depth discussion about the value of teacher expertise in cultivating students' deeper understanding of complex and varied texts
  • Opportunities for students to delve more deeply into more varied texts, especially literary non-fiction
  • Addresses student engagement with many sources: e.g. the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Habits of mind
  • Coherence and focus
  • Implications for the classroom
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Mathematics Fluency: A Balanced Approach

Mathematics Progressions -- From the Student Perspective

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Balance between procedural fluency and conceptual understanding, with examples
  • Building on required fluencies
  • Student-centered discussion of the progressions in domains from one grade to another
  • Detailed description of the three domains of numbers and operations (Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Number and Operations in Base Ten; and Numbers and Operations -- Fractions)
  • Arithmetic as a rehearsal for Algebra
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Ratio and Proportion in Grades 6-8: Connections to College and Career Skills

Shifts in Math Practice: The Balance Between Skills and Understanding

Speaking and Listening: The Key Role of Evidence

  • Ratio and proportion—connections in elementary and middle grades and real-world application
  • Foundations for high school mathematics
  • General discussion
  • Clear expectations
  • Balance between skills and understanding
  • Higher cognitive demand
  • More time for teachers to go more deeply with their students
  • Preparing students to not only "do" the math, but "use" the math
  • Standards for speaking and listening
  • Focus on collaboration in multiple settings in work or college
  • Preparation, respect, and problem-solving in formal and informal situations
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Text-Dependent Analysis in Action: Examples From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

The Balance of Informational and Literary Texts in K-5

The Crucial Role of Higher Education and Business in Developing the Standards

  • In-depth analysis and discussion of Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Explanation of the cognitive requirements of the Standards
  • Examples drawn from specific, well-argued paragraphs
  • Shift the balance to 50 percent informational texts and 50 percent literature in elementary grades
  • Importance of balance in preparing for later grades and non-literary texts
  • Outline of the range of higher education professors and practitioners who were involved
  • Articulation of business leader involvement
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The English Language Arts Standards: Key Changes and their Evidence

The English Language Arts Standards: What They Are and Who Developed Them

The Importance of Coherence in Mathematics

  • Historical context of the need for change in ELA Standards
  • Five critical shifts from earlier standards: text complexity; analysis, inference and evidence; writing to sources; mastery of writing and speaking; academic vocabulary
  • Importance of academic vocabulary, especially for English Learners
  • Five principles of development
  • Detailed description of development process
  • General discussion of ELA standards
  • In-depth description of coherence in mathematics, with examples
  • Need for mathematics domains to fit together for college and career preparation
  • Flows of the domains in mathematics; moving into a unified whole
  • Algebra as an example
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The Importance of Focus in Mathematics

The Importance of Mathematical Practices

The Importance of Mathematics Progressions

  • First-year college remediation challenges
  • Mismatch between higher education and K-12 -- more mastery of fewer topics vs. covering more
  • Focus as it relates to teachers' needs to build a solid foundation in early grades
  • Solid early foundation enabling greater success later
  • Standards for Mathematical practice --processes and proficiencies
  • Habits of mind of the mathematically proficient student
  • Description of modeling; applying mathematics outside the math classroom
  • Using mathematics tools in flexible, sophisticated, and relevant ways across disciplines
  • Technology, structure, and generalization
  • Progressions, with examples
  • Design of math progressions and how they play out in domains over grade spans
  • Connecting topics logically and sequentially
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The Mathematics Standards and the Shifts They Require

The Mathematics Standards: How They Were Developed and Who Was Involved

The Mathematics Standards: Key Changes and Their Evidence

  • General discussion of math standards
  • Aspirations for higher math performance
  • Links and cohesiveness
  • Meeting goals of focus and coherence
  • General discussion of mathematics Standards
  • Aspirations for mathematics instruction at higher levels • Greater mastery through focus and coherence
  • Review of groups involved
  • General discussion of mathematics progressions
  • What is and is not included at the elementary level
  • What happens at middle school
  • Discussion of migration away from strands and into domains of mathematics
  • General discussion of mathematics Standards and goals
  • Description of domains and increased focus and coherence
  • Discussion of domains' discrete life spans
  • General description of the differences for high school mathematics, including real-world applications and modeling
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Whole Numbers to Fractions in Grades 3-6

Writing to Inform and Make Arguments

  • Detailed description of the progression from adding and multiplying whole numbers into working with fractions
  • Analytical writing
  • Rendering complex information clearly
  • Student writing styles/multiple disciplines
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