WASHINGTON—As educators are scrambling for guidance and assistance to implement the Common Core State Standards, they can now find more than 30,000 Common Core-aligned lesson plans on Share My Lesson, the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect's free online collection of teaching resources.
Share My Lesson now has the largest online collection of Common Core-aligned resources.
In a March 2013 AFT poll, 75 percent of public school teachers surveyed said they support the Common Core State Standards, yet less than one-third felt prepared to teach to them.
"Now is the time—particularly when policymakers who wanted the Common Core State Standards are not providing nearly enough support—to help teachers with the transition to teaching based on the standards. The Common Core standards, while not a silver bullet, are an important education strategy to help students prepare for college, career and life," said AFT President Randi Weingarten. "Share My Lesson is American educators' fastest-growing sharing site, and our push to upload more Common Core resources is part of our effort to help educators help students. It's part of our commitment to reclaim the promise of public education."
Educators in Providence, R.I.; Toledo, Ohio; and St. Paul, Minn., held around-the-clock sessions for three weekends in 2013, reviewing and identifying resources that line up with the standards. Materials in particular subject areas were reviewed by content experts who have a strong understanding of the standards and their goals. Later this year, similar events are scheduled for Denver, Chicago and Miami to review and tag additional resources.
"All teachers want their kids to succeed. Share My Lesson's virtual collaboration helps spread around the best ideas and lesson plans for students, no matter where they live or attend school," said Scott Noon, general manager of Share My Lesson.
For more information on the Share My Lesson Information Center for the Common Core State Standards, visit www.sharemylesson.com/CCSS.