SOURCE: CorePlanner

CorePlanner

December 07, 2011 09:00 ET

CorePlanner Helps Teachers Transition to New Common Core Standards

Free Service for Educators Offers a Simple Way to Track Requirements and Get Back to Teaching

CHAMPAIGN, IL--(Marketwire - Dec 7, 2011) - Today CorePlanner announced the release of a new resource aimed at America's teachers transition to the new Common Core Standards. Developed by educators, CorePlanner is a lesson planning tool that makes it easy to track and assess lesson plans based on the Common Core Standards and other individualized goals.

CorePlanner's simple and intuitive interface allows teachers to set goals and track progress for multiple courses using their own lesson plans. In addition to tracking which standards your lessons meet, CorePlanner includes a searchable library of the standards for any grade, topic and subject area. Teachers can also generate regular reports to show parents and administrators which requirements their lessons are meeting.

CorePlanner Co-Founder Ann Poppie is committed to helping teachers easily adapt their lessons to the new standards, so the focus can remain on the students. Poppie is a seasoned educator who knows how challenging it can be to wade through hundreds of pages of new requirements. She saw the need for a totally free service that simplifies this process as a way to give teachers free reign to guide their curriculum.

"CorePlanner gives teachers a handy application to show how their instructional practices are synchronized with the Common Core State Standards. It represents a sort-of 'bridging model' between best practices in teaching and standards-based education. We sought to preserve the enthusiasm and professional expertise teachers foster while preparing, delivering, and reporting student progress," said Poppie. "In this time of transition, it's important to keep the focus on the students instead of teaching to the standards."

The Common Core Standards is dramatically changing the way educators nationwide design and deliver curriculum. Twelve states so far have been awarded federal funding to make the transition, while several others like Illinois and Indiana are opting to make the transition to the Common Core Standards this year without federal funding. Round three of 'Race To The Top' is currently underway. The new standards are expected to be in place nationwide by 2014.

By creating a free CorePlanner account, teachers create a library of their lesson plans and units of study, providing evidence that they are meeting and exceeding the academic requirements. CorePlanner can help provide further proof of excellence in the classroom, and helps teachers get ready for when merit pay becomes a reality.

"As a teacher, CorePlanner provides me evidence of an abstract concept," said high school English teacher and Co-Founder Emily Fultz. "Teachers are being judged on standards, but the only way they are being evaluated is through student performance on standardized tests. With CorePlanner you can assess your teaching on a daily basis, which can help keep your students on track for success."

Teachers can set their own goals and customize the standards in their CorePlanner dashboard to reflect their school's goals. CorePlanner is also particularly useful in designing and assessing Individualized Education Plans and Differentiated Instruction.

About CorePlanner
By offering a free online service, CorePlanner aims to provide teachers with a fantastic resource in a way that is practical, taking the attention off the mechanics of meeting standards and back on the students. We adhere to demonstrating commitment to the teaching profession along with computing systems and to its ethical practices consistent with policy and professional development. We aim to share resources within the international community to positively impact the teaching profession everywhere.

The CorePlanner group is comprised of dedicated educators and developers striving to provide teachers, in a variety of contexts -- public, charter, home, private, with a steady flow of opportunities to improve a student's learning and achievements.

Founded in 2011 by educators Ann Poppie and Emily Fultz, CorePlanner's quest is to create ways of advancing the quality of teaching practices so it will foster the retention of innovative and successful teachers.

For more information please visit the CorePlanner website at: www.coreplanner.com.

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