Launched in August of 2012, the free EduCore digital tool is available for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in both mathematics and literacy. The tool—funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—is a virtual showcase of digital and Common Core–aligned professional development opportunities from ASCD, the Literacy Design Collaborative, Student Achievement Partners, the Math Design Collaborative, and other partners.
"At ASCD, we take great pride in supporting the needs of educators as they adjust to changes in the profession," said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. "Through free resources such as the EduCore online tool, we are able to make professional development opportunities easily accessible. We are extremely pleased by the success of these online resources, and we look forward to the future as we make even more resources available."
The updated site features videos, articles, and example lessons to help educators and instructional leaders keep up with the most recent trends and instructional shifts in CCSS implementation. A key feature of the EduCore resources is that they can be used independently or as part of a group with principals, team leaders, and content-area coaches leading the discussion. The wealth of articles available to educators offers impressive versatility, with opinions on each side of the CCSS debate, as well as articles and papers with the most up-to-date information on the CCSS and others chronicling the standards' history and adoption.