Without doubt by now everyone has heard of the Common Core State Standards and has been offered or received some level of professional development. I've noticed that as educators dig in to the standards the arguments against these standards go away. Once one sees the focused rigor and attention to engaging the students at a higher cognitive level it is realized that this is truly good for kids.
The challenge now becomes, how to shift our practice, change the tools in our tool belt and deliver this to our students. The professional development we receive may have just "gone over" how the standards work and professionally we're left to our own devices to figure it out. Unlike what I just described, I recently attended a session that did review the standards as a first level of training, but unlike previous trainings, we focused on the instructional shifts and then looked at the standards through that lens. Like the students that we teach, we need to know the "Why?" of things and the instructional shifts give us the Why? of the CCSS.
On-line resources help us stay current and up on our craft and certainly we've hit the http://www.corestandards.org/ site as well as the http://www.parcconline.org/ sites. Another resource is http://www.achievethecore.org/.
This site not only highlights the instructional shifts that frame the common core standards, but provide a wealth of resources. The site hosts on-line videos that highlight strategies and practices as well as lesson plans and other resources. They lay out the instructional shifts in both ELA and Math as the basis of understanding the standards and empowering educators to implement them.
Check out this resource and ensure that you are current on your professional practice. If there is any doubt about the standards left, ask yourself, wouldn't you want this for your own child?