Many of you fabulous teachers have parent/teacher conferences coming up, and this is a great time to make some very important connections with parents. A question I receive quite often is, “How do you explain the Common Core Standards to parents?” That’s such a great question! Let’s face it, reading the standards isn’t like reading a novel for pleasure. Many of us get so busy trying to understand the standards, that we forget one of our important roles in making this implementation stick is helping our parents understand it, too. The standards are here to stay, so it’s important that we are all on board.
I’ve scoured the internet to find, what I believe, are some of the best resources for informing parents of the standards.
First up are some phenomenal videos that are super easy to understand. I recommend playing these at an open house, parent-teacher conference, or at an informational meeting night. You can even put the video on repeat on a large projector or a small TV screen at the entrance to your school. That way, as parents enter the building, they can watch these quick videos.
The first video gives a great explanation of the Common Core Standards. The author of the video gives permission to use this video any way you would like. This means you can even add it to your district’s website!
Here’s a close up view of the 5th grade version:
These phenomenal resources provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These Parent Roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready. Personally, this is my favorite part, because it’s also super helpful for teachers!
Click here to grab all grade levels. The website that created these documents gives you permission to post these PDFs online, as long as you are posting for non-commercial use, and give them credit. This means, you can post these PDFs on your school district’s website for parents and families to view!