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Common Core Ain’t Cheap

In this supplement, you will find many tools to help districts transition to common core standards.
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In this supplement, you will find many tools to help districts transition to common core standards. Some are free; most are not. We thought it would be helpful to share some funding tips from a recent survey conducted by the Digital Wish Foundation.

The study revealed some surprising results, the biggest being that schools may be overlooking some easy ways to increase their budgets. Here is a sampling of these results:

Only 14% of schools report “re-budgeting” as a major source of technology funding, however it’s the most viable and immediately available strategy.

Over half of schools are not applying for grants. Respondents shared that this is one of their most effective sources of funding, and over a quarter of schools who apply are raising over $20,000 per year.

Most schools do not make an immediate connection between raising community engagement and sustainability..

Fundraising is frequently viewed as “something the PTA does.” However, successful schools integrate fundraising into every school event. One in five schools who fundraised actually raised over $20,000 each year.

Donor Advice

The study also included some helpful tips when approaching potential donors:

• “Hit up the engineers in your town. They rarely are approached for donations and they love it when you can put their name on something they have donated. The lawyers in the community love to donate as well. I've also had great luck with the dentists because these groups are not typically approached for funding.”

• “Real estate agents and banks will donate because a good school raises the property value in the region.”

• “Sometimesyou just have to ask and you shall receive. Asking the right person is the most challenging accomplishment. “

• “Contacts in the ‘right’ places really help. This is not something always attainable but we ask parents and companies for referrals.”

Download the full study here:

© Digital Wish 2012



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Carnegie Learning has unveiled a Common Core State Standards math transition plan, featuring new core and intervention curricula written for alignment to the more rigorous academic requirements now adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

The Costs of Common Core

In a recent article, Education Week reviewed ways to trim the cost of implementing the Common Core State standards. Suggestions to limit expenditures include: Moving away from hard-copy textbooks and doing more sharing of online materials. Using computer-administered technology to offer formative assessments. Delivering professional development through a mix of in-person and online instruction.  States, districts, and charter providers must be willing to stop purchasing goods and services from their existing vendors if they don't meet their current needs, and seek out new vendors willing to take advantage of the opportunities the new standards present.  While Atomic Learning agrees that all of the ideas have merit, we offer an additional solution: using a collaborative approach to plan the implementation of the new standards. Atomic TechCore includes: Planning tools for school leaders PD and lesson plans for teachers Lesson assignments for students Creating an efficient plan to implement the standards is the first step to reducing the overall costs of implementation. Atomic Learning has a tool to ensure school leaders and teachers use all resources currently available within their district, and determine which additional resources may be required.   Contact Atomic Learning for additional information about how the Atomic TechCore solution can help you with your implementation plan!