Literacy for ME: Toolkit

Standards and Aligned Curriculum

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School Age (Grades K-12)

Foundational Research: Policy Brief

Year Two of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States' Progress and Challenges

This article provides background information about the early implementation of CCSS. This article targets educators, administrators etc interested in learning more about curriculum. Schools will play an important role in this process.  This policy report surveyed 35 states implementing CCSS and inquired about successes, challenges, and procedures. The full report is available to download on this site.

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Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML, Website

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, District, administrators, Adult educator

School Age (Grades K-12)

Foundational Research: Article

Education Partnerships Inc. Research Briefs: Curriculum Mapping

This research brief describes the process of curriculum mapping. It includes pertinent research about the history of the mapping process.

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Article or Research Brief

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, administrators

School Age (Grades K-12)

Foundational Research: White Paper

PCG White Paper: CCSS Shifts in Emphasis

This paper outlines eight shifts in emphasis between the previous education standards and the new Common Core State Standards. This resource is distributed to schools, districts, and other interested parties by Public Consulting Group.

COPY OF PCG CCSS WHITE PAPER HERE

Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML, Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, administrators, School board, Adult educator

All

Foundational Research

Maine Department of Education

The Maine Department of Education outlines six shifts between the previous state standards and the Common Core State Standards. This website provides information about the shifts.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website, Document

Elementary K-2, Middle 6-8, Elementary 3-5, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District, administrators, School board, Community members, Parents or family members, Adult educator

Birth-Grade 8

Foundational Research

National Reading Panel

The National Reading Panel was developed to conduct research about reading instruction and to determine best practices. Official reports can be accessed or ordered on the website. Putting the Child First is a series that contains age appropriate resources on learning to read. Interested users can find research and best practices in these age-specific reports. Putting Reading First is another report to reference, as children approach school age.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

All

Foundational Research

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

This website includes resources for lesson plans, research, grants, and other information for ELA teachers.

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Organization or program

Website

Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District, Adult educator

All

Resources for Implementation

Reading is Fundamental

The Reading is Fundamental website is dedicated to providing reading resources. These resources include booklists, activities, and parent brochures.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief, Training material

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District, administrators, School board, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator

All

Resources for Implementation

LD Online: Learning Disability Resources

This website provides research, articles, and developmental guides for issues with speech and language, ELL, reading and writing and spelling.

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Organization or program

Website

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Adult educator

All

Resources for Implemenatation

Library of Congress: Teacher Resources

The Library of Congress site provides classroom materials (lesson plans, activities), professional development, and  primary texts.

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Organization or program, Repository

Website

Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff

Pre-K-Grade 3

Foundational Research

Pre-K-Grade 3 National Work Group

Closing the achievement gap is closely tied to increasing academic standards and creating an aligned curriculum. This site includes a webinar series on reducing achievement gaps, particularly among Pre-K to grade 3 students. It is a seven part series. This website includes upcoming sessions and video recordings of past webinars.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website, Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, School board, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth- Age 3

Learning Guidelines: Early Childhood

Early Learning Guidelines

This policy document, distributed by Zero to Three, outlines the developmental phases for early childhood and gives recommendations to develop Early Learning Guidelines.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK

Classroom educators, School administrators, Parents or family members, School staff, Early childhood educator or advocate

Age 3- Age 5

Learning Guidelines: Early Childhood

State of Maine Early Learning Guidelines

This link provides the official State of Maine Early Childhood Learning Guides, including the infant/toddler document.  PDF and word documents are available for use.

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth-Age 5

Learning Guidelines: Infant & Toddler

State of Maine Infant & Toddler Guidelines

This site, sponsored by the State of Maine, includes the infant and toddlers learning guidelines for use by parents and practitioners.

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Document

Early childhood PK

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Birth-Age 5

Learning Guidelines: Early Childhood

State of Maine Early Learning Guidelines

This is the Maine DOE web page containing information and resources related to early childhood learning. 

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Community members

9-12 and adult

Learning standards and tools

Maine Career and Technical Education

This is the main page for Maine Career and Technical Education. It includes national standards for CTE as well as resources that let users search for a CTE school

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, Community members, Parents or family members, Adult educator

Adult Learners

Learning Guidelines: Adult

Work Ready: Maine Work Ready Plan

This document outlines the Maine State Board of Education strategic plan for meaningful change. It includes a mission and vision statement, as well as goals and accompanying curriculum materials. It is a call to action.

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Document

Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, Community members, Parents or family members, Adult educator

Adult Learners

Learning Guidelines: Adult

Equipped for the Future : Fundamentals and Standards

This website describes guidelines for adult learning. Equipped for the Future outlines the essential skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, Community members, Parents or family members, Adult educator

Grades 9-12

Learning Guidelines: Adult

Better Together: Realigning Pre-College Skills Development Programs to Achieve Greater Academic Success for Adult Learners

This document provides an overview of pre-college skills development programs, including three specific case studies illustrating use. This resource also makes recommendations to policy makers and practitioners.

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Curriculum standard, Article or Research Brief

Document

Secondary 9-12, Higher Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board, Higher Education

K-12

Curriculum Alignment Tools and Resources

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and Technical Subjects

The Maine legislature adopted these standards in March 2011.  Instruction and Assessment in ELA/Literacy must be aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  This link to the Maine DOE page for ELA standards provides several different ways to access the documents.

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board, Adult educator

Birth-Age 5

Learning Standards for Early Childhood

Born Learning: Resources for parents on talking to their children

This website includes learning opportunities for young children. Parents and practitioners can locate information to support the development of skills at home, in public, while traveling and other similar settings.

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Organization or program, Application or tool

Website

Early childhood PK

Parents or family members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Grades Pre-K-12

Response to Instruction Guidelines

Maine DOE Response to Instruction Guidelines

This is the Maine Department of Education web page containing links and resources related to Response to Intervention. Includes links to external sites and assessment tools. \

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Secondary 9-12, Middle 6-8

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff

Grades Pre-K-12

Common Core State Standards: School Resources

Maine Department of Education: ME CCSS Resources

This is the official State of Maine website for the Common Core State Standard. The website contains pertinent documents, including the Maine standards, as well as resources and support videos.

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board, Adult educator

All

Common Core State Standards: Parent Resources

Education Northwest Guide for Parents

This parent friendly guide provides resources and information pertaining to the Common Core State Standards, including what all parents need to know. It outlines the sections within the standards, as well as key features.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Parents or family members, Community members

All

Common Core State Standards: Parent Resources

National PTA:  A Parent’s Guide

This website offers parental resources and guides, specific to different grade levels. These are also resources and information offered in Spanish.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Parents or family members, Community members

School Age (Grades K-12)

Conducting a Curriculum Review: Beginning the Process

Preparing for the Review: The National Academy for Academic Leadership Curriculum Review

This website describes the process of a curriculum review, including questions to ask to prepare for the review.  These questions will help stakeholders to clarify their purpose and potential results.

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Curriculum standard, Organization or program, Application or tool

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, administrators, Adult educator

School Age (Grades K-12)

Conducting a Curriculum Review: Engaging in the Process

Rubicon International: Video Overview of Curriculum Review

This YouTube video provides viewers a brief overview of the curriculum review process.  It establishes familiarity with basic terms and concepts.

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Organization or program, Training material

Video

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, School board, Adult educator

Pre-K- Grade 3

Reviewing & Aligning Curriculum

Building & Supporting an Aligned System.

This report provides research on and resources related to building and supporting an aligned educational system for students in the early elementary years. Teachers and school administrators will find this report useful when considering how to align their school curriculum.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, Early childhood educator or advocate

All

Curriculum Alignment: Using the Standards

State of Maine Transition to Common Core State Standards

This website outlines the Common Core State Standards modules, as they relate to the State of Maine curriculum.

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Organization or program, Training material

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, Adult educator

School Age (Grades K-12)

Curriculum Alignment: Using the Standards

Shifts in Emphasis: Activity guides participants through looking at specific elements in the CCSS and the vertical alignment

This tool guides stakeholders through the process of exploring the Common Core State Standards in greater detail. It uses a jigsaw format, allowing for collaborative learning.

WORD DOCUMENT ATTACHMENT (DOCX)

Application or tool

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, School board, Adult educator

 

 

9/18/12