Common Core and What It Means to You

by Alisha Johnson, Ensley Branch Library

Alabama’s State Board of Education adopted and implemented Common Core Standards in November 2010. These standards have since then shaped how we approach math and language in teaching, parenting, and learning. There are a number of feeder schools to each of our 19 public library locations in Birmingham and its communities, and libraries exist for a number of reasons. One is to allow unlimited access to information, but another is to provide supplemental instruction for K-12 students, parents, and teachers alike. With the introduction of Common Core educational standards, it has become increasingly harder for parents to understand what common core means, how to maneuver strategies, and how to better equip and assist their children with school/homework. Libraries are here to assist all parties involved in this initiative and give you a clearer understanding of how you can and will succeed.

Common Core is defined as a "set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade."

Recognizing and understanding the value and need for clear and easy instruction should be at the forefront of our educational goals. How successful we are in delivering instruction and information to the children, who are our future, depends on our willingness to be open and honest about our level of understanding and how we improve our areas of weaknesses to share those areas where we are strong.

Check out these resources and more on Common Core from your local library!

The Common Core Coaching Book: Strategies to Help Teachers Address the K-5 ELA Standards by Laurie Elish-Piper and Susan K. L'Allier
Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades 3-5 by Common Core, Inc.
The Everything Parent's Guide to Common Core Math, Grades K-5: Understand the new Math Standards to Help Your Child Learn and Succeed by Jim Brennan