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What Teachers Should Know

The Montana Common Core Standards are higher and clearer than our previous standards and provide a grade-by-grade pathway that gives all students an opportunity for a high quality education. The new standards set an expectation that students graduating from high school will be capable of successfully completing first-year college courses.

The Montana Common Core Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics provide teachers with the following:

  • Clear, consistent expectations for students,
  • The freedom to determine teaching methods to ensure students meet the standards,
  • Grade-level progressions that link across content areas, and
  • A focus on developing students’ critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

Montana-Based Resources

OPI Learning Opportunities Portal
As part of our service to support high quality professional learning in Montana schools, the OPI provides a calendar and catalog of professional learning workshops and trainings offered across the state on the Montana Learning Opportunities portal.

OPI English Language Arts and Mathematics Webpages
Looking for content specific information? The OPI’s Content Standards and Instruction coordinators have content specific information on standards, instruction, curriculum, assessment, and other resources. For more information, contact Mathematics Instructional Coordinator, Jake Warner at jwarner@mt.gov and English Language Arts Instructional Coordinator, Christy Mock-Stutz at cmock-stutz@mt.gov.

MCCS English Language Arts and Disciplinary Literacy Educator Professional Learning Units
Developed by the OPI’s Instructional Innovations team, each unit consists of step-by-step processes, videos, and activities that can be completed by individual teachers, teacher teams or an entire staff facilitated by a professional learning provider or principal to help educators build a deep understanding of the structure and content of the MCCS English Language Arts standards. The courses are also available on OPI’s iTunesU site and are available for renewal credits and graduate credits. For more information, contact Debbie Hunsaker at dhunsaker@mt.gov.

The Teacher Learning Hub
The Teacher Learning Hub brings the Montana Common Core Standards (MCCS) to the fingertips of schools across our state, through a variety of high quality online professional development opportunities. Funded by the AFT Innovation Fund, the Teacher Learning Hub professional development offerings will continue to develop and become available based on the needs of Montana educators.

Additional Resources

Achieve the Core
This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results.

Council of Great City Schools
The Council of the Great City Schools has designed the Common Core Works website to provide districts quick access to reliable information, tools, and resources for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.

Teaching Channel
Teaching Channel is a video showcase of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. The Teaching Channel offers a free library of high-quality videos featuring real teachers demonstrating their best educational practices with videos aligned to the CCSS.

BetterLesson
This project brings together 130+ Master Teachers, including teachers from Montana, in grades K-12 math and English Language Arts. These talented educators share accessible, classroom-ready lessons as they teach them. They also share reflections, real-life insight into what worked, what misfired and tips/tricks to successful Common Core implementation.

EduCore
EduCore was developed by ASCD and provides teachers with high-quality teaching and learning resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Success at the Core
Success at the Core is a collaborative effort, drawing on the skills, knowledge and expertise of Vulcan Productions, Education Development Center, Woody Creek Productions, six outstanding middle schools in Washington State, and a team of advisors.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a multi-state organization working together to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness. Montana will use the Smarter Balanced assessment for state and federal accountability purposes beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.