How can I be expected to implement Common Core State Standards if my curriculum is not aligned? This is a question we commonly hear from teachers. Fortunately there has been a grassroots effort (currently at 11,000 members strong and growing) that has risen to the challenge by revising many of the reading curriculums currently in use.
Last year Student Achievement Partners and the Council of Greater City Schools gathered together groups of teachers in grades 3-5 from across the country to revise the questions found in their basal reader to be more text-dependent and Common Core Aligned. This was the beginning of the Basal Alignment Project (BAP). A video of this work is available here. The fruits of their labor have been made available to all of us on the Student Achievement Partners website Achievethecore.com on their Basal Alignment Project Page.
Recently this work has expanded to 6th-10th grade reading curriculum through the Anthology Alignment Project and can be accessed through the Anthology Alignment Project Page on the same site.
This December, K-2 teachers will have the opportunity to join in through the Read-aloud Alignment Project and resources will be posted as they become available.
Some of you, however, may want to jump on the revision bandwagon yourselves and that’s great. There are a couple of ways you can join in with this larger educational community. One is to become a member of one of these projects through Edmodo.com
1. Join or log into EdModo.
2. Join the specific Group:
– Click “Join” under Groups, in the left-hand section of the page
- Enter code F4Q6NM for the Basal Alignment Project
- Enter code PKX4SP for the Anthology Alignment Project
3. Find Alignment Project materials in Folders
Another way to get involved is to use the same text-dependent question resources that these projects are to revise your own reading or content area curriculum and share them with your colleagues.
The Council of Greater City Schools acknowledges that, “Ultimately, BAP is a temporary solution for providing access to CCSS aligned materials. However; the long-term benefit is the deep professional learning for each district team to then provide professional development at the district level so that teachers can apply these strategies across grade levels and content areas.”