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Common Core expects English teachers to spend half of their reading time at every grade on informational texts, says opponent

Common Core expects English teachers to spend half of their reading time at every grade on informational texts, says opponent | CCRS | Scoop.it
With full implementation of the Common Core State Standards just a year away, Florida is taking last-minute feedback from supporters and critics alike. Gov.
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Common Core in Action: Narrative Writing

Common Core in Action: Narrative Writing | CCRS | Scoop.it
There is a panic amongst writing teachers that is based on the myth that our baby, narrative writing, is shunned by the Common Core standards. I'm here to encourage everyone to take a deep breath an
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Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | CCRS | Scoop.it
Foreword and Summary by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Kathleen Porter-Magee
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Thinking about Grit, Resilience & Perseverance | Blog | Alabama Best Practices Center

Thinking about Grit, Resilience & Perseverance | Blog | Alabama Best Practices Center | CCRS | Scoop.it
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Common Core opponents lack a better plan

Common Core opponents lack a better plan | CCRS | Scoop.it
Michael J. Petrilli is executive vice president and Michael Brickman is national policy director of the Thomas B.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Common Core Connections: Halloween Writing

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Common Core Connections: Halloween Writing | CCRS | Scoop.it
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Tennessee's new Common Core standards for public education draw support

Tennessee's new Common Core  standards for public education draw support | CCRS | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE — Parents and educators voiced their support for Tennessee’s new Common Core State Standards for public education today in advance of a state Senate Education Committee hearing on the issue later this afternoon.
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Study Finds Teachers Enthusiastic About Common Core

Study Finds Teachers Enthusiastic About Common Core | CCRS | Scoop.it
Nearly every teacher in the U.S. now knows about the Common Core State Standards, and 73 percent of math, English, science, and social studies teachers in states that have adopted them say they are enthusiastic about their implementation, according...
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Common Core and English-Learners: Teaching Math and Language

Common Core and English-Learners: Teaching Math and Language | CCRS | Scoop.it
Math and language-acquisition experts on the Understanding Language team have released their first major package of free common-core math instructional resources for ELLs.
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Why the Alabama PTA strongly supports Common Core (Opinion)

Why the Alabama PTA strongly supports Common Core (Opinion) | CCRS | Scoop.it
Press-Register file photo By Thomas Rains, Jr.and Becky Vansant No parent wants his or her child underestimated or shortchanged. No matter their income-level, race or political ideology, parents want their children held to high standards.
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Teacher Support: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success

Teacher Support: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success | CCRS | Scoop.it

Practices that are helping to create an environment conducive to a successful transition to the new standards.

What all three approaches have in common, according to the report, is an emphasis on making the teacher the center of the transformation by:

First ensuring that the significance of the changeover to Common Core State Standards is understood by teachers in terms of the need for dramatic changes to teaching styles, from drill to exploration;Ensuring that "teachers are at the front of the movement and working together to lead their own improvement toward shared, ambitious goals"; andMaking certain teachers are provided with adequate "structures, time, and resources required to sustain the many years and many cycles of inquiry and improvement necessary to achieve the new bar for student learning" with the understanding that the process of improvement will take place over many years, not overnight.
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Common Core means the government is collecting 300 data elements about students, says anti-Common Core activist

Common Core means the government is collecting 300 data elements about students, says anti-Common Core activist | CCRS | Scoop.it
Tapping into concerns about privacy, some opponents of Common Core have portrayed the new educational standards as a tool by the government to spy on children and store data on them.
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Watch now: Capitol Journal | October 4, 2013 - Week in Review | APT - Alabama Public Television Video

Watch now: Capitol Journal | October 4, 2013 - Week in Review | APT - Alabama Public Television Video | CCRS | Scoop.it
October 4, 2013 - Week in Review
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State Board Member Mary Scott Hunter discusses the Common Core standards on Alabama's Capitol Journal.

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Conservatives for Higher Standards- Home- CFHS

Conservatives for Higher Standards- Home- CFHS | CCRS | Scoop.it
Conservatives for Higher Standards aims to create higher standards for students across the nation by allowing them more innovation and less regulation.
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Bush breaks with Rubio on Common Core

Bush breaks with Rubio on Common Core | CCRS | Scoop.it
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is gently breaking with his one-time protege, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, over the Common Core education standards that have been adopted by dozens of states.
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Writing - Common Core Connections

Writing - Common Core Connections | CCRS | Scoop.it

The Common Core Standards identify six instructional shifts necessary for effective implementation of the ELA/Literacy strand. These instructional shifts provide a framework to help us understand the big picture before diving into the specific individual standards. 


Use an Essential Question to Fuel the Inquiry

An essential question can be a very effective tool for guiding research and tapping into students' enthusiasm for inquiry and learning. These questions provide students with challenges that allow them to invest in the learning process as they make decisions about their own learning. Since essential questions do not have one correct answer, students can choose flexible learning paths to find success and demonstrate learning.


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Alabama State Department of Education: ALSDE

Alabama State Department of Education: ALSDE | CCRS | Scoop.it
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Great information about our new standards.

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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | CCRS | Scoop.it
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You're not alone. Here's Edutopia's guide to resources that will help you make sense of it all.
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Are Alabama's high school graduates ready for college? New report says many are not (database)

Are Alabama's high school graduates ready for college? New report says many are not (database) | CCRS | Scoop.it
A new report from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education shows many college-bound high school graduates are not prepared for the rigors of college mathematics and English.
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Who Decides What Gets Taught in Our Classrooms?

Who Decides What Gets Taught in Our Classrooms? | CCRS | Scoop.it
What our children learn in Alabama's classrooms is shaped by the Alabama course of study (COS) and the textbooks that are chosen to frame the subject's study.
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Top teachers come supporting common core

Top teachers come supporting common core | CCRS | Scoop.it
A group of past winners of the teacher of the year award are coming out in support of the new Common Core education standards, and the state says it is asking for a federal testing waiver for the new system.
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