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CCSS Presentation Materials

CORE was pleased to have author and consultant Dr. Anita Archer conduct a training about Common Core State Standards on March 3-4, 2014. Her presentation from both days as well as additional resources are available.

Presentation Slides

All downloads are PDF




Recommended Books



Instruction Articles

All downloads are PDF unless otherwise noted

Clark, Kirschner, Sweller – Putting Students on the Path to Learning: The Case for Fully Guided Instruction

Kirschner, Sweller, Clark – Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching

Schaefer – Amplifying School Effectiveness: Maximizing Student Engagement and Success

Explicit Instruction – NCAC Effective Classroom Practices

Marzano – A Theory-Based Meta-Analysis of Research on Instruction

John Hattie Podcast – Influences on Achievement

John Hattie Summary – Student Management & Learning Management Systems

Lemov – Practice Makes Perfect

Rosenshine – Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know

Sweller, Kischner, Clark – Why Minimally Guided Teaching Techniques Do Not Work: A Reply to Commentaries

Willingham, Daniel – Teaching to What Students Have in Common This download is a Word document


Instruction Specifics

All downloads are PDF unless otherwise noted


TERC Article extract – Michaels, O’Connor – Talk Science Primer

Kamil – Improving Comprehension Through Text Discussion: What Does the Research Say?


Graham – Want to Improve Children’s Writing? Don’t Neglect Their Handwriting


Connelly, Gee, Walsh – A comparison of keyboarded and handwritten compositions and the relationship with transcription speed

Observation Forms

Classroom Walk Through Checklist This download is a Word document

Observation Forms: Tools for principals, coaches, supervisors, and peer teachers This download is a Word document

Room Arrangement

Wannarka, Ruhl – Seating arrangements that promote positive academic and behavioural outcomes: a review of empirical research

Short Writing

This download is a Word document
Archer – Short Writing Often – Not Just Long Writing Seldom


Vocabulary Templates

All downloads are PPT

How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightening

Example: Reading Lesson, 2nd Grade

Example: Vocabulary, 5th Grade

Example: Geography, 5th Grade

Example: Vocabulary, 1st Grade

Example: My First Free Summer, 8th Grade

Vocabulary: Complete

Example: Vocabulary, Black Cowboy Wild Horses

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