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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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(850) 245-0413

Common Core State Standards Toolkits Coming to Florida's Teachers

- User-friendly online kits intended to help educators transition -

Tallahassee, Fla., August 21, 2012 - Florida's elementary school teachers have free resources available to support the state's transition (PDF, 258KB) to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2013-14. Following the successful CCSS Summer Institutes for educators, the Department has released the CCSS Professional Development Toolkits for English Language Arts for grades K-5. The helpful toolkits are available online and may be used by teachers as they explore the new curriculum and create their English Language Arts lesson plans around the new standards.

"I am excited that our teachers have great tools at their fingertips to ensure that Florida's transition to Common Core State Standards continues smoothly," said Deputy K-12 Chancellor Mary Jane Tappen. "It is incredibly important that our educators are prepared to help students master the rigorous new material in years to come and high-quality professional development will continue to be a priority as we move forward with Common Core State Standards. I encourage our teachers to take advantage of these outstanding resources."

The English Language Arts toolkits for grades K-5 include student activities, teaching strategies, formative assessment and lesson study materials. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide Florida's educators with the focused resources they need to support the implementation of the new standards in instruction, development of formative assessments, and integration of these into the lesson study cycle. During the next year, similar toolkit resources will be available to Florida's K-8 teachers in the areas of Reading for Information, Reading Literary Text, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.

Common Core State Standard Resources