Common Core Resources from The Aspen Institute

Leading from the Front of the Classroom

Teacher leadership is emerging as a key strategy to increase retention of effective teachers and distribute responsibility for improving instruction, but it must be designed and implemented strategically to meet these goals. A new paper from the Aspen Institute and Leading Educators, Leading from the Front of the Classroom: A Roadmap for Teacher Leadership that Works, highlights promising practices from leading states, districts, and charter schools and provides practical guidance for system leaders. Leading Educators is a New Orleans-based entrepreneurial organization that designs and supports teacher leadership initiatives for school districts and charter networks. Accompanying the release of Leading from the Front of the Classroom are three profiles of promising work in Tennessee, Denver Public Schools, and Noble Street charter network in Chicago that show how these systems integrate teacher leadership with other top priorities (e.g., implementing Common Core, strengthening teacher evaluation) to increase impact and sustainability.

School Transition Resources

Includes the "Transition Guide for School-level Leaders" tool and the "Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs) and Looking at Student Work (LASW)" professional development module, as well as English and Spanish flyers outlining the Common Core for families.

Strengthening Literacy through the Common Core

Includes "A Primer on Close Reading of Text" and "Teaching to the Core."

Tools for Teachers

Professional Development Modules

The Tools for Teachers professional development modules are open educational resources designed to meet the needs of teachers, schools, and districts working to make the key instructional shifts in the CCSS for ELA & Literacy a reality for teachers and students. Each module comes with a PowerPoint presentation and facilitator's guide designed for PD instructors, as well as a suite of supplemental exemplars, worksheets, and related resources for deep engagement with the topics.