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Helping you help your child with Common Core Math

Ellen Whitesides, Director of Common Core Operations for the Institute for Mathematics & Education, provides the following to help your children with their Common Core Math homework:

In the transition to the Common Core, we have focused more on supporting teachers and administrators, through tools to help improve their own understanding and to help work more fruitfully with their students. But parents can also use help in this transition. They have many legitimate questions and concerns such as having difficulty in helping their child with homework or wondering how the Common Core is designed to support their child’s mathematical development. As parents ourselves we certainly empathize with others who are looking for clear, accessible knowledge.

We have written these parent handouts to help begin conversations which address these questions and concerns. They are meant to be used for example at curriculum nights for parents. We limit ourselves to one page of discussion and one page of an example (mostly taken from Illustrative Mathematics) at each grade, both for ease of use and so as to not overwhelm people with too much information at first.  Locally, we have been involved in discussions of deeper learning opportunities for parents, with these handouts as a starting point.


You can find more resources on the Medford School District page dedicated to Common Core: http://bit.ly/1rTHbjj



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