March 15, 2012 at 21:36 PM EDT
Kaplan K12 Learning Services Supports Teach For America in Helping Teachers Transition to the Common Core State Standards
To help teachers transition from current classroom instruction to the Common Core State Standards, Kaplan K12 Learning Services and Teach For America are teaming up to provide teachers with instructional resources. Starting this month, all Teach For America teachers will have access to Kaplan K12's Teach!(R) Strategies & Resources, an online toolkit with robust instructional and professional development assets to support teacher development as the new academic benchmarks shift from policy to practice.
Based in pedagogical best practices and aligned to state-specific and Common Core standards, Kaplan's Teach!(R) Strategies & Resources is a Web-based platform with resources to support rigorous differentiated instruction, training and assessment. It includes an online library of more than 3,000 lessons, assessments, quizzes and videos that Teach For America teachers can easily search and filter by grade (2-12), subject area, state-specific standards, and/or Common Core State Standards, and find immediate, actionable tools for classroom use.
"The goal of the Common Core standards is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn to be successful in college, and at Kaplan K12, helping students prepare for college has always been at the heart of what we do," said Justin Serrano, president of Kaplan K12 and College Prep. "Working with Teach For America, we can provide thousands of talented and dedicated teachers with practical tools and resources that help them bridge the gap between preparing their students for current state tests and implementing upcoming Common Core standards in the classroom."
"We're committed to ensuring that our teachers have the support they need during this time of transition, and we're pleased to work with Kaplan to provide them with such a robust toolkit," said Valerie Braimah, vice president, Community Learning and Engagement, Teach for America. "Our collaboration with Kaplan empowers our teachers to achieve the vision of Common Core standards, and help them accelerate both state test preparation and college readiness."
Teach! Strategies and Resources is $1,900 for an annual school license for all teachers and $59 for an annual individual teacher license. For more information, please go to KaplanK12.com/Teach.
The Common Core State Standards are an effort led by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association to define the knowledge and skills in English language arts and mathematics that students will need upon high school graduation. Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards and are turning their attention to the critical work of how and when to implement the new standards.
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