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Common Core

NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core

In July 2010, New York State adopted the Common Core Standards for K-12.  In October 2011, the state adopted the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core

The primary purpose of pre-kindergarten standards is to ensure that all children, including children with disabilities, students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and English Language Learners (ELLs) have rich and varied early learning experiences that prepare them for success in school and lay the foundation for college and career readiness.

New York City is rolling out the Common Core standards over the next several years.  The standards will be fully implemented by the 2014-15 school year.  

Universal Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidance
Schools considering new Core Curriculum options for K-8 should also carefully evaluate their pre-k curriculum. The DOE does not have a set of Core Curriculum options for pre-k. Schools can use these guiding principles when evaluating published pre-k curricula or designing their own pre-k curricula.

Common Core Aligned Task Bundles

This year, we are working with teachers and school leaders to build their knowledge and pedagogy around the CCLS, with the ultimate goal of fully implementing the standards by the 2014-15 school year. 

To help accomplish this goal, NYC educators and national experts developed Common Core-Aligned Task Bundles.  These bundles were developed to align to literacy and math concepts that encompass strategically selected standards at each grade level. 

Teachers may implement the bundles as they are written or adapt them to meet the needs of their students. 

Learn about the CCLS Aligned Bundles

         Watch this video explaining the bundles and their components.

         Use this exercise and handout to examine the bundles.

See Sample CCLS Aligned Bundles [top]

UPDATED: Interdisciplinary unit on plants and transportation, complete with culminating tasks and sample student work for literacy and math.


Unit Planning Template
OECE has developed a template that teachers can use for unit planning.  This instructional unit template provides an example of how teachers may organize a Common Core aligned unit with culminating performance tasks. Teachers may (a) use this template as it is given here; (b) integrate parts of this template into an existing structure for unit planning; or (c) use this template as a model to design their own planning structures. Ultimately, teachers should use whatever planning template works best for them and their schools.

The template is based on the updated plants interdisciplinary unit.  It is available in Word or PDF format.

Pre-Kindergarten Common Core Interdisciplinary Units

To support implementation of the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core, OECE has developed a rubric that outlines the hallmarks of a high-quality interdisciplinary pre-kindergarten unit of study.  The rubric is based on rubrics from the Common Core Library and the Tri-State Collaborative.  Teachers, directors, and school leaders are welcome to use this rubric as a resource when designing and implementing interdisciplinary Common Core aligned pre-k unites to support school readiness.  It is designed to support practice; it is not designed to be used for evaluative or high-stakes purposes.

The rubric is available here.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and their implications for teaching and learning through the following videos and exercises.

Helpful Guides

  Common Core Booklist for Pre-K

  Common Misunderstandings

  Together Time At-Home Activities for Families

Principles Behind the CCLS

  Explanation from the NYC DOE

  Explanation from the NYS Education Department

Key Instructional Shifts

  Overarching instructional shifts

  Shifts in Literacy

  Shifts in Mathematics

Strategies for Implementation

Share Your Ideas

We want to learn from you.  If you have created a Common Core aligned resource, bundle, or instructional strategy, please send it to us.  We will develop a bank of resources to share on our website in the coming months.