Dear Region 1 SEA Directors:
As you know, at our fall SEA Directors meeting, Bill East announced the release of the IDEA
Partnership’s Common Core State Standards Collection, now posted on the Partnership’s website
NERRC, in collaboration with NASDSE and the IDEA Partnership Project, plans to host a web
tour of the Partnership’s Common Core Collection. Knowing how busy everyone is, it is
sometimes difficult to make the time to explore new web-based resources. But there is a wealth of
information there! We offer the web tour as an interactive way to show state staff across general
and special education the variety of resources available on the site.
What: Web tour of the Common Core Collection
When: The web tour will be March 5, 2012. Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern.
Registration: Register for the webinar at
Intended Audience: General education and special education state staff focused on student
achievement, curriculum and assessment.
Why is this important?
The final draft of the Common Core was released in June 2010, yet we continue to hear that few
stakeholders have been introduced to the standards in meaningful ways. In fact, many
stakeholders report that they have had no introduction to the Common Core or the assessments
designed to measure performance on the Common Core in new ways. The IDEA Partnership at
NASDSE has created a set of stakeholder-developed tools to introduce the Common Core. The
Collection on the Common Core ‘meets stakeholders where they are’ and helps them to build
enough understanding so that they can knowledgeably participate in conversations ...and help the
SEA to spread accurate information within its own networks.
Tools in the Collection include:
· Two tools to surface perspectives and build consensus:
· Grounding Assumptions
· Needs of the Field
· A plain English glossary
· A Ready-to-Use workshop with presenter guide
· Two key documents on the Common Core and a Dialogue Guide to hold
conversations based on those documents
On March 5th, the IDEA Partnership staff and leaders of national organizations will host a
webinar for Region 1 states to identify ways that SEAs can use the tools. In addition, four virtual
mentoring sessions are available at no cost to districts or other groups that want to redistribute
and use the tools in their own networks.
In April, a new piece of the Collection will be released that focuses on the general assessments,
alternate assessments and assessments customized for English language learners.
Please join us for the timely and important webinar. Please forward this message to others in your
state who may be interested.
Thanks very much.
Kristin Reedy, Northeast Regional Resource Center
Joanne Cashman, IDEA Partnership Project
Kristin Reedy, Ed.D.
Northeast Regional Resource Center (NERRC)
Learning Innovations at WestEd
426 Industrial Avenue, Suite 160
Williston, VT 05495