The Best Resources For Talking To Parents About The Common Core Standards

I’m no big fan of the Common Core Standards, but they are a reality for most of us.

If teachers are ever in situations where they have to explain them to parents, or if there are parents who want to understand more about them, here are some relatively useful resources:

How Educators Can Address Parents’ Confusion About Common Core is from Mind/Shift.

Common Core for ELLs: Ten things parents should know about the Common Core Standards is from Colorin Colorado.

5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core is from The American Enterprise Institute.

The PTA has a series of booklets in English and in Spanish. Go here and scroll down to “The Parents’ Guide To Student Success.”

What Parents Need to Know About Common Core State Standards is from Reading Rockets.

Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards – What Do Parents Need to Know? is from Education Northwest.

In Push For ‘Common’ Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated comes from NPR.

What Should Teachers Tell Parents About The Common Core? is a series of teacher-written commentaries at Education Week Teacher.

A Lesson on the Common Core is a good short and sweat summary of the Common Core for parents. It’s by Jessica Lahey, and appeared in The New York Times.

The official Common Core Standards site unveiled a new design in an effort to make it more accessible and understandable to parents.

NBC Education Nation “Parent Toolkit”

Learning First shared that the National PTA has released fourteen videos explaining Common Core to parents. You can find them all here.

Homework Helper: Math Tips for the Common Core is a series of short videos designed to help parents understand…math and the Common Core.

Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school to understand it is an article in the Washington Post describing efforts by different schools to help parents…understand Common Core math.

Schools Teach Common-Core Math to Two Generations is an Education Week article discussing creative ways schools are helping parents learn about the new Common Core Math standards.

Be A Learning Hero is a site/organization sponsored by a number of organizations, including the PTA and The Teaching Channel, that has many resources on how parents can support their children. It includes a number of materials on Common Core, particularly on understanding math changes.

Parents try their hand at Common Core math is a useful article from Ed Source.

It shares different strategies schools are using to introduce Common Core math to parents.

Online Videos Aim to Help Parents Make Sense of Common Core is a good Education Week post over a 120 video collection (in English and Spanish) put out by Great Schools to help parents understand the new Common Core Standards.

It looks like you call also see them on YouTube. Here’s their introduction:

You can see all my parent engagement-related “Best” lists here.

One thought on “The Best Resources For Talking To Parents About The Common Core Standards

  1. Larry,

    I so appreciate your posts. I learn a lot from them. I just finished Pink’s “To Sell is Human” – Congratulations on being recognized for the good work you do.

    I found that the Council For Greater City Schools has good Roadmaps for Parents, easy to read, easy to understand. They are at

    My best,

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