It is wonderful that you are going for your National Certification.
I don't think it is as much as buying books on the common core as finding the "best practices" for instruction that are supported by research. Judith Langer has done a lot of reserach in regards to best practices in reading and writing at middle school levels.
I use Understanding by Design for designing my Common Core units (Wiggins and McTighe). This year, I joined the ASCD (www.ascd.org) to get the latest information on the Common Core. Check out their resources. I noticed that they recently released new resources on the Common Core.
Join literary organizations such as the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International Reading Association (IRA). Both offer research based periodicals. All these organization offer online memberships, so you can get immediate access to the digital version of the publications.
Please return and share any additional resources you find. ~Good Luck! Mary
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