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Curriculum Corner

Dear Parent(s)/Caregiver(s),

You play an instrumental role in maximizing the potential of your child and helping him/her in discovering the joy of becoming a life-long learner. I have updated this section of the website to provide you with reliable links that will further develop your understanding of the New York State Education (NYSED) Common Core reform initiatives as well as Valley Stream District 30's initiatives. Throughout the school year, I will update this page based upon new initiatives and/or your feedback.
Educationally yours,
Dr. RG France
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

 

Common Core Basics

The following links provide materials, websites, and guides aimed at helping parents navigate the Common Core Standards:


Common Core Shifts for Students and Parents

These practical guides (in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, and Haitian Creole) provide steps that parents can take to improve their child’s learning of the Common Core.


A Parent's Guide to Common Core Learning

The NYS PTA and NYSUT partnered to create this brochure to help parents understand the Common Core


What Do Parents Need to Know?

A series published by Education Northwest to keep regional stakeholders informed about the Common Core initiative.


Parents’ Guide to Student Success

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success was developed by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in response to the
Common Core Standards. The National PTA® created the guides in English and Spanish for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics)

Common Core for Families

A website maintained by the New York City Department of Education that provides Common Core resources in several languages.


A Parent’s Guide to the Common Core Standards

A helpful article on Education.com that provides an explanation of the Common Core for parents.


New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards

The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics include all of the national Common Core State Standards, in addition to the New York-recommended additions approved by the Board of Regents on January 10, 2011. New York State also added Prekindergarten standards.


Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards

These roadmaps from the Council of the Great City Schools provide guidance to parents about what their child will learn in mathematics and how they can help support their child's learning in grades K-8.

Educational Activities for Parents and Students

The following links provide materials, websites, and guides aimed at helping students practice key skills of the Common Core Standards:

      Math Magician
      Online games from Oswego City School District that teach math.

      Granny Prix
Granny Prix is a fun activity that helps students work on fluency.

          Diaper Derby
Diaper Derby is a fun activity that helps students work on fluency.

         Math Apps for the Ipad
iPad apps for teaching math.

          Dare to Compare
Dare to Compare, a part of the Kids’ Zone website, contains questions from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), the Civic Education Study (CivEd) and National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).

          New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVEL)
NOVELNY is an online library of hundreds of magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, research and reference books that are available to every New Yorker, free of charge.

          Khan Academy

Free website that provide library video content that teach students math and science concepts.

  

New York State Testing Program

The following links provide materials, websites, and guides aimed at helping parents to understand New York State Testing Program (NYSTP):

 

NYSED Communication

        Commissioner King's Memo

 

Test Taking Tips        

Don't Stress the Test

 

Understanding the Tests:

         Annotated 3-8 ELA and Mathematics State Test Questions

         Performance Level Descriptions for ELA and Mathematics

        Suggested Data Analyses for 3-8 ELA and Mathematics State Tests


Interpreting Test Results

         Resources for parents and families to better understand the assessments and score report

         Talking to your Child about Test Results

 

PROJECT BASED LEARNING

The following links provide materials, websites, and guides aimed at helping parents to understand Project Based Learning (PBL):

         What is PBL?

         Why PBL?

         How to Help My Child with PBL Projects?

 

21st CENTURY LEARNING

The following links provide materials, websites, and guides aimed at helping parents to understand 21st Century Learning Framework:

         Understanding the 21st Century Framework

         Student Outcomes

     

 

Hands on Science

The following links provide materials, websites, and guides aimed at helping parents to engage their children in science activities at home:
     Science is Everywhere
     Tips for Busy Parents

 

     How do I help my child with their Science Project?