The following tools and resources on standards and benchmarks will assist instructional leaders.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Leader Action Brief (http://achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-elementary-school-leader- action-brief). This resource for elementary school leaders is designed to increase understanding of the Common Core State Standards, create a sense of urgency for their implementation, and explain the role of stakeholders in putting the standards to use.


Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief (http://achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-secondary-school-leader- action-brief). This resource for secondary school leaders is designed to increase understanding of the Common Core State Standards, create a sense of urgency for their implementation, and explain the role of stakeholders in putting the standards to use.


Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Counselor Action Brief (http://achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-school-counselor-action-brief). This resource for school counselors is designed to increase understanding of the Common Core State Standards, create a sense of urgency for their implementation, and explain the role of stakeholders in putting the standards to use.

Common Core Implementation Video Series(http://www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html). This is a series of 30 brief video vignettes (about 2 minutes each) that explain the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in depth. These videos help diverse groups, including educators, policymakers, and parents better understand the breadth and depth of the CCSS and how they will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students. Administrators and Instructional leaders will want to review these in order to have a better understanding of the implications of the changes which will support planning of implementation efforts.
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts – Appendix A: Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards (http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_A.pdf). This 43-page appendix to the Common Core State Standards summarizes scholarly research foundational to the standards and offers deeper explanations of each strand of the standards. The appendix also includes research on language and vocabulary development and includes a glossary of terms for key concepts in the English Language Arts Standards. Administrators and Instructional leaders may want to review these in order to have a better understanding of the changes in order to more effectively support planning of implementation efforts.
Practical Strategies and Implications of the Common Core Standards on Inclusive Settings and Students with Disabilities (http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/lisa-dieker-webinar.aspx).This 50-minute webinar for general educators, special educators, and administrators addresses how the new Common Core State Standards af ect inclusive settings and students with disabilities.