My school is changing to Common Core standards for reading and math. I am excited because the standards we were going by last year were just terrible. We are private so we don't follow state standards. However, I have never taught to Common Core standards before. My assumption was that they would just be typical standards, albeit worded better than the ones I was using prior. My department head sent out an email a couple weeks ago saying that we might not need to order textbooks because of the change to common core, so we are supposed to hold off on that. She said ordering the texts might be "wasteful". I went to the common core website to see why it is that we might not need textbooks and they just seemed like typical standards to me. Those who teach common core--can you explain my department head's thinking on this? Do you use textbooks? What would we use instead? I'm concerned because the private school I work for is VERY strict in that ANY material I want to use in the classroom needs to get approved prior to use to make sure there isn't anything in it that could compromise the religious beliefs of the students. (I'm not a typical religious school). For example, I tried to get my classroom library approved and out of 150 or so books, they only allowed about 20. It's very strict. I'm just not sure what they are expecting us to use if it is not textbooks, since they don't allow much through their doors! Any experience anyone could share is greatly appreciated.