Educators are preparing for Common Core State Standards despite the lack of textbooks.

In Florida, teachers are working to create thousands of lesson plans available online at, the website of CPALMS, Florida’s platform for educators to “Collaborate, Plan, Align, Learn, Motivate, Share.” The site is funded by a Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

 A Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education funds a website called CPALMS: Florida’s platform for educators to Collaborate, Plan, Align, Learn, Motivate, Share.

It’s full of free resources that have gone through a rigorous review process.

“We’re building up to 3,000 original lesson plans for the Common Core and the science standards in Florida,” Project Director Rabieh Razzouk said. “We provide content and tools to support the learning of Common Core and the instruction planning.”

“The work started in February of last year,” said Razzouk, and now “CPALMS is the official source for the standards in Florida.”

Before anything is posted to the website, CPALMS uses small teams of local facilitators to review content for accuracy and alignment to the standards. Then, subject area experts and peer educators from around the state are consulted.

Continue reading about how teachers begin their own common core lesson plans.

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