Welcome to the Center on Instruction, your gateway to a cutting-edge collection of scientifically based research and information on K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning.
In joint partnership, CCSSO, Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners have developed a Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards.
"Article of the Week" Helps Strengthen Content Knowledge: Kelly Gallagher, author and educator, uses Articles of the Week to help his high school students broaden their reading experiences and build knowledge in a variety of content areas. His students engage with real-world non-fiction and informational articles from newspapers, journals, and magazines. You may browse some of the choice articles on his website.
"For all of the analyses of academics, learning models, curriculum, 21st century thinking, assessment, project-based learning, self-directed learning, social media integration, iPads and related technology, and other emerging trends, how students learn is why we’re all here, yes?"
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
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.
The International Reading Association has issued the following statement, which offers detailed guidance on seven issues that have proven enormously challenging to teachers, principals, administrators, and others who are charged with implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts.
EdSteps is a large, public library of student writing arrayed in a continuum from least to most effective as determined by thousands of reviewers from across the country. In addition, an expert group of master teachers aligned writing samples in the library to the Common Core State Standards.
The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects sets forth to address the issue that a majority of students still do not read or write well enough to meet grade-level demands. Writing to Read draws on statistical reviews of research to highlight writing techniques shown to enhance students’ reading. The report provides evidence responding to the following questions: Does writing about material students read enhance their reading comprehension? Does teaching writing strengthen students' reading skills? Does increasing how much students write improve how well they read?
Each school year I begin with “writing boot camp” where we focus on the fundamentals of writing. I have transitioned to the Common Core Standards and developed flipped writing videos and complementary writing templates to help students learn how to write strong argument and informative paragraphs. I wanted to share these with teachers who might be able to use them and save time!
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