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    Common Core Standards Overview

    As you come across resources and material useful in learning about the Common Core Standards, please email links to commoncore@mvschools.org. You can also email with questions and ideas regarding implementation in the district.

    Message from Superintendent Paul Johnson:
    The National Common Core Standards, when implemented, should enhance rigor, critical thinking, and communication skills in classrooms. This seems to be a good match for the excellent teaching already taking place in Mill Valley.  The District's goal is to support teachers through meaningful professional development.
     
    For Parents and Staff
     
    Complied and Presented by Shelly Ostler Thelen
    April 4, 2012
     
    National Introduction to the Standards
    Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.

    Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards. The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.

    With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed in college and in a modern workforce.

    Authors: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers
    Title: Common Core State Standards (insert specific content area if you are using only one)
    Publisher: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington D.C.
    Copyright Date: 2010