AERO Resources:

AERO Common Core Plus:

Academic Leaders


Standards-based Learning System

English/Language Arts

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Science Resources
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Social Studies

Social Studies Resources
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World Languages

World Languages Resources
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Visual Arts



Project AERO is pleased to offer resources in Math, Science, English/Language Arts, Social Studies and World Languages that are designed to assist teachers.  Each of these content areas: 1. identifies the critical areas in each subject area; 2. provides guidance for accelerating instruction; and 3. gives links to additional materials, such as exemplar units, when available.

Math: The AERO Math provides resources for K-10. The resources include the Critical Areas for each grade and high school course, sample scope and sequences, anchor and target tasks, and instructional strategies for implementation. 

Science: AERO NGSS Plus Science Standards are here to support implementation and instruction for grades K - 12. The “Science Resources” tab on the left has general resources. The “Guidance” tab provides unit specific guidance for K - 5 and MS. Units have been summarized and key content (DCIs), SEPs and CCCs have been highlighted to help educators in developing assessments and learning experiences. The AERO Science team is happy to answer any questions you may have and as well would love to know in what ways we might support you.  

English/Language Arts: AERO's curriculum writers have reviewed the English/Language Arts Framework (205) and identified the Critical Areas within the four strands of Reading, Writing, Language, and Listening and Speaking for Grades K-5.  These Critical Areas have been clustered to be the basis for four units at each grade level. In addition, vetted resources have been included for all units.

Social Studies: AERO’s curriculum writers have reviewed the Social Studies Framework (2019) and identified the Critical Areas for grades K-5, and have developed three sample units for each grade built on the critical areas. These units have been designed to guide teachers develop students into global citizens.

World Languages: The AERO WL team has worked with colleagues at every grade level schools to create a set of questions and unit themes that “braid” the World Language curriculum to the other core disciplines. Given the variety of schooling models this year, WL teachers are advised to teach fewer units (two to three units rather than five) that retain all five C’s of the 2018 AERO WL Standards and Benchmarks. The model units being released reinforce academic vocabulary and content while building language proficiency, strong intercultural skills and supporting social and emotional learning. 



American-sponsored overseas schools will know how standards-based education can and should strengthen a school’s curriculum, teaching, assessment, and, most importantly, student learning. These schools will develop and sustain a program of standards-based learning in their schools.


  • Provide challenging, professionally-validated, voluntary academic standards for use as a foundation for curriculum in American-sponsored schools overseas

  • Assist overseas schools to develop their own K-12 curricula that are grounded in standards

  • Train teachers to use the AERO standards as the basis for assessing their students’ progress and their own instruction

  • Assist schools in developing standards-based curricula and sustaining curricula by becoming professional communities of learners.

Standards Based Learning System


Project AERO promotes and supports a Standards-Based Learning System (SBLS), a system in which instruction, assessment, grading and reporting are based on how well students demonstrate their understanding and mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn in the course of their schooling. 

Standards Based Learning  (SBL) is much more than how we grade or how we report student learning. While these elements are essential, the true power of SBL comes in transforming what learning looks like in our schools. A transformation in learning requires more than understanding and intent; Implementing a SBLS is a journey which requires attention to the structures and strategies which support  making learning the goal for every student.  For more information on these structures and strategies, Check the SBL live binder.


About AERO


AERO is a project supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council to assist schools in developing and implementing standards-based curricula. Project faculty use the AERO Common Core Plus Standards as the basis of the professional development they provide.

AERO provides a framework for curriculum consistency across grades K-12 and for stability of curriculum in overseas schools, which typically have a high rate of teacher turnover. AERO’s resources, workshops, and professional consultation services help overseas schools implement and sustain standards-based curricula. This effort is in alignment with research-based trends in the development of curriculum worldwide, and particularly with the Common Core initiative in the U.S.


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