Literacy Resources and Tools
Supporting Excellence: A Framework for Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining a High-Quality District CurriculumA framework that provides instructional leaders and staff with a core set of criteria for what a high-quality curriculum entails. This guide includes annotated samples and exemplars from districts around the country. It also provides actionable recommendations for developing, implementing, and continuously improving upon a district curriculum, ensuring that it reflects shared instructional beliefs and common, high expectations for all students.72 pagesJuly 2017
Indicators of Success: A Guide for Assessing District Level Implementation of College and Career-Readiness StandardsA set of indicators districts might use to track their progress on implementation of college- and career-readiness standards.55 pagesSpring 2016Calendar of Questions 2013-2014A Common Core State Standards Implementation Tool for School Board Members, Superintendents, District Staff, Principals, Teachers, Counselors, Parents, and Students14 pagesSeptember 2013
- Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards-English Language Arts
The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy 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 upon their graduation from high school.
Textbooks and their digital counterparts are not only vital classroom tools but also a major expense, and it is worth taking time to find the best quality materials for students and teachers. While there is no perfect set of materials or textbooks, this Grade-Level Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool-Quality Review (GIMET-QR) is designed for use by professionals as a framework for evaluating the quality of instructional materials and choosing materials that are best suited to provide a coherent learning experience for students.
This video features a New York City kindergarten class of English language learners demonstrating Lily Wong-Fillmore's guidance in how teachers can support students in acquiring and using academic language and working successfully with complex text.
This paper outlines the key components of an integrated, multi-tiered system of instruction, interventions, and academic and behavioral supports needed by school districts in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
- Supporting Excellence: Real Support for Teachers Starts with the District's Curriculum
A blog post by Ricki Price-Baugh, the director of Academic Achievement for the Council of the Great City Schools, discussing a new framework for developing and implementing clear district-wide support for teaching and learning A new framework for developing and implementing clear district-wide support for teaching and learning