Common Core Collaborative

                                                 Common Core MA


You are invited to participate in the MTA Core Collaborative, a high-quality semester-long professional development experience led by teacher leaders with expertise in the Common Core.  Through this program – provided to you at no cost by the MTA – you will collaborate with teachers from local districts to master the Mass Frameworks and help your students thrive. Join and invite your colleagues!

What is the MTA Core Collaborative?

What?  A team of MTA teachers collaborating to align curriculum to the Common Core, develop unit and lesson plans, and share best practices – led by outstanding teacher facilitators.

When?  Five Tuesdays, from 4:30-7:30p.m. (dinner provided)

Brockton High School  

Dates: March 25, April 8, April 29, May 13, & May 20


Cambridge Rindge and Latin

Dates: April 1, April 15, April 29, May 6, & May 13

Where?  Two locations


Why participate?

Relevance.  The Core Collaborative is teacher-created and teacher-facilitated, and addresses real issues relevant to your grade and subject.

Excellence.  You will develop Common Core-aligned units and lesson plans that you can use immediately in your classroom.

Leadership.  You will develop your skills as a teacher leader and come away with a toolkit to share with teachers at your school.

Recognition.  You will have the option to receive one university course credit from Endicott College or PDPs. (There is an $80.00 fee to receive course credit.)


Course Description

These courses will provide you the opportunity to collaborate with area teachers to implement the Common Core in your classroom. Led by a teacher Facilitator with expertise in the Common Core, you will collaborate to:

  • Analyze and understand the Common Core State Standards
  • Develop year-long curriculum maps with emphasis on specific standards
  • Create detailed unit plans focusing on key standards
  • Analyze and critique the work of peers and give and receive feedback about units, lessons, and strategies




Brockton High School  

Dates: March 25, April 8, April 29, May 13, & May 20


Courses offered this semester:

Common Core in the Elementary Classroom      

Are you looking for ways to develop your students’ Common Core skills across content areas? In this course, you will dive deep into aligning current practices to meet the needs of 21st century learners across the curriculum.

Facilitator:  Robin Gilpatrick, Upper Elementary Teacher from Abington   


Reading, Writing, and the Common Core (Secondary Level)
Are you curious about how to integrate the Common Core's reading and writing standards into your classes?  In this course you will explore the Core, collaborate with peers in a responsive setting, and design lessons that will help your students develop the higher order reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in the modern world.

Facilitator: Erich Carroll, High School Teacher from Old Rochester Regional


Integrating the Common Core into Secondary ELA            

This course will support you with the resources and best practices to plan and implement Common Core-based units and lessons into your current ELA curriculum. We will unpack the standards to ensure you have a better understanding of what the standards mean. You will work with fellow teachers on strategies such as close reading, creating text-dependent questions, argumentative writing, and incorporating informational text.

Facilitator:  Lee Batjiaka, Middle School English Teacher from Bridgewater

Two Halves Don’t Always Equal a Whole  (K-5)

Elementary grade teachers will develop a deep appreciation and understanding of fractions and other key mathematical concepts, while building a strong conceptual knowledge as outlined in the Mathematics Common Core.  This course will ignite a passion for math in the elementary classroom -- join us and pass this enthusiasm and knowledge on to your students!

Facilitator: Howie Tuttman, K-8 Instructional Math Coach from Everett

Cambridge Rindge and Latin

Dates: April 1, April 15, April 29, May 6, & May 13


Courses offered this semester:

Implementing Common Core Standards in the History Classroom (Secondary Level)
What does the Common Core mean for history and social studies education? How can the Common Core standards promote historical thinking skills? This course invites teachers to answer these questions in conversation with other professionals. Together, we will examine strategies for using the Common Core language arts standards to help our students move from seeing history as a collection of facts to understanding it as a liberating habit of mind.

Facilitator:  William Miskinis, High School Teacher from Littleton


Differentiated Instruction and the Common Core (6-8)  

In this course, you will broaden your understanding of proven models of differentiated instruction aligned to the Common Core. In each session, you will collaborate with fellow teachers to focus on a range of delivery models and instructional techniques to address a variety of learning styles and meet the individual needs of students.

Facilitator:  Karyn Grace, K-8 Special Education Teacher from Cambridge                


Middle School Literacy and Writing Strategies for the Common Core      

What does it mean to teach students 21st Century skills in literacy and writing? In this course, you will collaborate to increase the level of rigor in your classroom by incorporating the Common Core. You will examine best practices in methods such as close reading, providing textual evidence, and informational and reading literacy.

Facilitator: Dayna Mongelli, Middle School English Coach from Ashburnham Westminster            


Common Core in the Early Childhood Classroom      

In this course, you will gain an understanding of how to implement the Common Core State Standards into meaningful experiences for pre-K to 2nd graders.  We will discuss the need to provide learning opportunities through direct instruction and centers.  This course will consider the developmental needs and expectations of children and how to align these with the Common Core State Standards.  

Facilitator:  Catherine Tighe, Elementary Teacher from Somerville 


Going Deeper: Literacy and the Common Core in the Upper Elementary Classroom

Are you meeting the Common Core State Standards, but hungry for ways to implement them more fully in your literacy curriculum? Join fellow teachers in a collaborative environment to analyze where you are now in your ELA instruction, where you would like to go, and how to get there. We will focus on writing workshop, reading instruction, and cross-curricular opportunities for both reading and writing.

Facilitator: Nicole J. Di Donato, Elementary Teacher from North Reading


Common Core in the Elementary Classroom      
Are you looking for ways to develop your students' Common Core skills across content areas? In this course, we will share and explore new ideas for integrating the Common Core into your classroom. We will work on lesson planning, identify effective resources, student centered assessment, and discuss what works in your classroom.

Facilitator:  Suzanne Hickey, Elementary Teacher from Haverhill


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