Common Core Video Series

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Education Commissioner John King, David Coleman, and Kate Gerson explain every key aspect of Common Core standards in depth. By viewing this 15-part series, New York educators and administrators will learn step-by-step how to implement the Common Core for ELA/Literacy and Math in their schools and classrooms. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the rationale behind the Common Core and what it will mean for students across our state.

  • Close Reading of Text: MLK "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

    In this video from EngageNY's Common Core Video Series, David Coleman, a contributing author to the Common Core State Standards, models a close reading of Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.

    Grades: 13+
  • Common Core in ELA/Literacy: An Overview

    This video provides an overview of the Common Core State Standards in ELA/Literacy. NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr. and contributing author David Coleman discuss the background of the Common Core State Standards, their value in the state, the principles of their development, and the changes required of schools during this transition. The video provides an introduction or re-introduction to the standards, as well as fodder for a discussion about what it will mean to implement these standards.

    Grades: 13+
  • Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Getting Started

    In this video from EngageNY, Commissioner King frames the opportunities for educators to work with and apply The Common Core State Standards to help ensure students’ successful content mastery in mathematics and multiple areas of study. He encourages educators to begin this process by becoming fully informed on areas of focus and fluencies suggested by the Common Core, and then implementing these strategies in the coming 2011-12 school year.

    Grades: 13+
  • Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 1: PK-5: Balancing Informational Text and Literature

    This video features a discussion between New York State Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 1 – PK-5: Balancing Informational Text and Literature. By unpacking Shift 1, the discussion addresses the role of the elementary teacher and the benefits of giving informational text the time it deserves in the elementary classroom.

    Grades: 13+
  • Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 2: 6-12 – Building Knowledge in the Disciplines

    This 8 minute video features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 2 – 6-12: Building Knowledge in the Disciplines. By unpacking Shift 2, the discussion addresses the role of the content area teachers in secondary contexts as well as the benefits of giving literary non-fiction the time it deserves in the secondary ELA classroom.

    Grades: 13+
  • Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 3 – Staircase of Complexity

    This 15 minute video features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing ELA Shift 3 – Staircase of Complexity. By unpacking Shift 3, the discussion addresses the benefits and challenges in shifting to a practice where all students are asked to encounter grade-level complex texts.

    Grades: 13+
  • Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 4 – Text Based Answers

    This video features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 4 –Text Based Answers. By unpacking Shift 4, the discussion addresses what it takes to create opportunities for students to have deep, evidence-based conversations about text.

    Grades: 13+
  • Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 5 – Writing from Sources

    This video features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing ELA Shift 5 – Writing from Sources. By unpacking Shift 5, the discussion addresses the challenges and benefits of putting a renewed emphasis on writing from sources rather than keeping the current focus on personal narrative.

    Grades: 13+
  • Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 6 – Academic Vocabulary

    This video features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 6 – Academic Vocabulary. By unpacking Shift 6, the discussion addresses the "tiers" of vocabulary (see Isabel Beck's work, for example) and the choices teachers need to make regarding the explicit teaching of "academic" vocabulary.

    Grades: 13+
  • The Gettysburg Address: An Exemplary Curricular Module in Literacy

    This video from EngageNY's Common Core Video Series features David Coleman, a contributing author to the Common Core State Standards, describing an exemplary ELA/Literacy curricular module for high schools that he and his fellow authors have designed.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Preparing for Close Reading with Students

    This video features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) on the first 20 paragraphs of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. This conversation, part of EngageNY's Common Core Video series, represents one of the ways a group of educators might prepare for close reading of text with students. This behind-the-scenes discourse reflects the kind of dialogue teachers can have as they build their own fluency and familiarity with a text before diving into it with students.

    Grades: 13+

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