Digital tool supports Common Core implementation

ASCD introduces the new, free EduCore™ digital tool for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in both mathematics and literacy. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the CCSS.

The EduCore tool supports CCSS implementation for mathematics and features a variety of formative assessment lessons and videos ready for classroom use, including more than 20 formative assessment mathematics lessons.

Created by the Literacy Design Collaborative, each literacy template offers secondary teachers fill-in-the-blank "shells" built from the Common Core standards that allow educators to insert the texts students must read, writing students must produce, and content students must address.

In addition to the EduCore tool, ASCD will provide more support for nationwide CCSS implementation this fall through a series of new, free webinars that provide educators actionable strategies and tactics for integrating the standards into classroom activities. Covering a variety of topics related to the CCSS, including project-based learning, teacher effectiveness, mathematics, and English language arts education, this webinar series begins Monday, September 17, at 3:00 p.m. eastern time with a presentation by ASCD faculty member Maria Montalvo-Balbed. Visit the EduCore tool at