1. This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.

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  2. John B. King, Jr., New York State Commissioner of Education, frames the opportunities and challenges facing New York State educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards. David Coleman, Contributing Author, Common Core State Standards, offers a national context and outlines six "shifts"--changes in approaches to instruction--each of which will be discussed in more depth in following segments.

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  3. John B. King, Jr., New York State Commissioner of Education, introduces instructional strategies for successfully implementing the Common Core State Standards in Math. David Coleman, Contributing Author, Common Core State Standards, parallels the three main goals of the Common Core with successful international models and frames the six “shifts” in instruction in mathematics to be examined more thoroughly in following segments.

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  4. A discussion between Commissioner King, David Coleman, and Kate Gerson, Senior Fellow for Educator Engagement & The Common Core, USNY Regents Research Fund, regarding the strategy of increasing emphasis on informational text in elementary education in order to build foundational content knowledge across disciplines, beyond English Language Arts (ELA) into history and science.

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  5. Discussion of the need for all stakeholders in the education community to begin implementation of Common Core State Standards as soon as possible, especially to further familiarize themselves with the strategies and methodologies associated with it. Suggested strategy includes teachers and administrators working together to implement at least one Common Core-aligned unit each semester in the 2011-12 school year, from design, through preparation and implementation.

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