Chicago, Ill. (Sept. 23, 2013) — A recent study asked teachers in states adopting the Common Core State Standards to rate their preparedness for teaching the new standards on a scale of one to five. With five being “very prepared” and one being “not at all prepared,” 49 percent of respondents rated themselves a one, two or three.1 Rainbow Educational Concepts, a full-service product development group with more than 25 years of education experience, has compiled a series of tips to smooth the transition to Common Core instruction for educators as they return to the classroom.
“Thanks to our many partnerships with education publishers, we are acutely aware of the needs and issues teachers are facing,” said Judith Coffey, founder and CEO of Rainbow Educational Concepts. “These tips will help educators with the adoption process, so they’re confident and prepared to deliver Common Core instruction and assessments to students.”
When implementing the Common Core State Standards into instruction, Rainbow Educational Concepts recommends educators:
Understand the expected student outcome for each standard and the skills students must master in order to achieve the expected learning outcomes.
Differentiate instruction to accommodate students performing above the expected learning outcome and those not able to achieve it.
Break down lessons into manageable concepts and provide multiple teach/model/practice/apply structures for skills students struggle with.
Support grade band text complexity level by supplying appropriate classroom materials, including vocabulary instruction that exposes and applies the Three Tiers of Words, and arrange classroom and instruction to encourage deep comprehension.
Demonstrate all forms of writing with students and give detailed explanations so they comprehend different writing forms and traits. Educators should model the writing process on a daily basis in the classroom.
Reinforce conceptual understandings of key ideas in math instruction, and require students to justify why an answer is true.
Infuse instruction with cross-curricular concepts to embed key ideas and take advantage of repeated opportunities to apply and synthesize the standards concepts.
“As of July 2013, 45 states and Washington, D.C., have adopted the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts,” said Christina Rodriguez, vice president of editorial development for Rainbow Educational Concepts. “These recommendations will serve our customers, as well as the teachers who are working everyday to implement the new standards in their classrooms.”
Rainbow Educational Concepts is a Gold Sponsor of the EdNET 2013 conference. For more information visit http://rainbowcreative.com/ednet/.
About Rainbow Educational Concepts
Established in 1985, Rainbow Educational Concepts is a full-service development group specializing in management, consulting and creative services, and the development of print and digital learning products. Its clients and partners include textbook, trade and magazine publishers, as well as producers of toys, games and other educational products. The company handles traditional and digital publishing needs, from product conceptualization and prototyping through development, design, production and marketing. Rainbow has the infrastructure, management, experience and resources necessary to provide the highest quality services and products in the publishing industry. http://rainbowcreative.com/
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1. “Teachers Say They Are Unprepared for Common Core,” Education Week, Feb. 26, 2013.