New Standards Resources

Common Core Links and Information

These documents and website links are tools for educators to use as we transition and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that were adopted by North Carolina. Additional resources are provided that will help schools align curriculum, instruction, and assessment with the new standards.

Literacy Strategies for Content

Key Takeaways

Key concepts found in the K-12 Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

Key Takeaways for Mathematics

Key Takeaways for English Language Arts

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium brings together 30 states, including North Carolina, to create a common, innovative assessment system for Mathematics and English Language Arts that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Hunt Institute Videos

Common Core State Standards: Principles of Development

Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success

The Mathematics Standards: How They Were Developed and Who Was Involved

The English Language Arts Standards: Key Changes and Their Evidence

General Resources

Region 8 WNC Wikispace

Templates for RESA PD

The following are online resources organized by subject.


Doing What Works: Research-based education practices online

Reading Rockets

Read Write Think

ZooBurst: Create your own interactive 3D pop-up books

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) (ELA resources)

National Writing Project

Tagxedo (create word clouds from famous speeches, new articles, etc.)

TextProject (help for struggling readers)

Social Studies/History

Teaching American History

Museum Box

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (History and Social Studies resources)

Tenement Museum

National Archives Digital Classroom


National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Khan Academy

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (Math resources)

Inside Mathematics

K-5 Math Teaching Resources

Math Forum


National Science Digital Library

Discovery Education

The American Museum of Natural History


Live Binders

50 Ways to Integrate Technology in Your Classroom Tomorrow

Edmodo: Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students

Pod Bean

Animoto (create video slideshows)

Keepvid (download streaming videos)

ABCYa (K-5 educational computer games and activities)


Teaching Channel


21st Century Skills Arts Map


Glogster (create online posters)

Google Art Project

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (Arts and Music resources)

National Gallery of Art Classroom

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Kennedy Center Arts Edge

Research Skills