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K-12 English Curriculum Maps Based On Common Core State Standards Released.

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With educators and policymakers demanding tools to help meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Common Core today released comprehensive K-12 English Language Arts Curriculum Maps (www.commoncore.org/maps/). Written by teachers for teachers, the curriculum guides improve instruction and student learning in the new CCSS environment.

Common Core is working with schools and districts to implement the Curriculum Maps. North Carolina and Arizona are using the Maps statewide to assist districts in implementing the CCSS. The District of Columbia and Ohio are using the Maps to help develop model curriculum aligned with the CCSS. And the Arkansas Department of Education has recommended the Maps to districts statewide.

Developed through its Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project, Common Core sought input from teachers to improve the Maps and strengthen utilization in the classroom. The Maps' website has attracted more than 3 million visitors.

This new edition of the Curriculum Maps includes guidance for differentiated instruction; nearly 200 new writing, grammar, and research activities; more informational and contemporary texts; library of 70 digital resources; and art and art activities in all units.

Helping educators meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards that call for the standards to be "complemented by a well-developed, content-rich curriculum," the Maps present a comprehensive, coherent sequence of thematic curriculum units connecting the skills outlined in the CCSS with suggested student objectives, texts and activities.

Common Core has been inundated with requests for professional development services, more Maps-based curriculum tools, and additional Maps. To help support their development, Common Core is offering the opportunity to become a member of the Mapping Project. For $20 per year, members will have access to one grade span of the new Maps (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12). Access to the entire K-12 Maps is available for $60 annually. Members can use an array of interactive features to participate in the development of future Maps by submitting ratings, comments, and lesson plans. The first edition of the Maps remain free at www.commoncore.org.

More than three dozen educators, with decades of teaching experience among them, drafted, wrote, reviewed, and revised the Maps. Reviewers included members of the American Federation of Teachers, Milken Educator Award winners, members of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and the most recent past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

CONTACT: Jessica Schwartz Hahn, +1-571-970-6440, Jessica@peithocom.com

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