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Parent-friendly video explanation of Common Core from NBC

Parent-friendly video explanation of Common Core from NBC | college and career ready | Scoop.it

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An explanation of Common Core | Video

An explanation of Common Core | Video | college and career ready | Scoop.it

A brief explanation of the Common Core Standards accompanied by several examples.


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Top Picks for Back-to-School 2014 by @betterlesson

Top Picks for Back-to-School 2014 by @betterlesson | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Back-to-school is always challenging -- from students still in summer mode to planning and organization to wrestling with curriculum tweaks and tech access. It's a lot.
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Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early

Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early | college and career ready | Scoop.it

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the day may help teens get more rest.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 25, 8:01 PM

This is something that the supposed movers and shakers involved in "School reform" should focus and change.

 

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Will at Work Learning: Recent Research Review -- Reviewed (and Lamented)

Will at Work Learning: Recent Research Review -- Reviewed (and Lamented) | college and career ready | Scoop.it
About two years ago, four enterprising learning researchers reviewed the research on training and development and published their findings in a top-tier refereed scientific journal. They did a really nice job! Unfortunately, a vast majority of professionals in the workplace...

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Parents: How to identify a good school - #1 is 'good principal'

Parents: How to identify a good school - #1 is 'good principal' | college and career ready | Scoop.it
I wrote this list 14 years ago and have some changes, particularly on test scores.

 

1. A Good Principal. Spend at least 30 minutes with the principal. Five or more years experience at the school is a good sign. If the school has had more than two principals in the past five years, that’s a bad sign. Be particularly cautious if the principal doesn’t have 30 minutes to see you. I stand by this, and never had principals complain they couldn’t handle it.

 


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Gary Colley's curator insight, August 25, 2:27 PM

12 good points with a brief emphasis on a couple:

1. A Good Principal. Spend at least 30 minutes with the principal. Five or more years experience at the school is a good sign. If the school has had more than two principals in the past five years, that’s a bad sign.  (TROUBLING POINT FOR DCSD)

3. Active Parents. Never put your child in a school without speaking to at least two parents already there, including at least one PTA officer. If you can’t find such a person, or if there’s no active PTA or equivalent organization, beware (AGAIN, BEWARE!)

5. Long-Term Superintendent If the principal impresses you, don’t worry about the superintendent.

(special concern for cac4dcsd) Too many high quality Principals have recently left DCSD.  If a principal merely serves the will of the Superintendent, kids and parents will suffer.

12. Listen to Your Heart. How is your child going to be comfortable with the school if you’re not?


 

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After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn."

After initial adjustment, Common Core "made it more fun to learn." | college and career ready | Scoop.it

"Classroom discussions lasted days, homework questions were challenging and reading analyses were time consuming.

However, Nick Carlson, a 17-year-old Hamilton High School senior, said he is thankful for the Common Core State Standards, even though they initially left a bad taste in his mouth.

“It was just hard to understand and hard to grasp at first, but then as you kept learning, it was easier to understand and made it more fun to learn.”



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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 26, 10:19 PM

Another take on Common Core. 

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The later high school classes start in the morning, the more academic performance improves.

The later high school classes start in the morning, the more academic performance improves. | college and career ready | Scoop.it
The later high school classes start in the morning, the more academic performance improves

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 25, 11:08 AM

“insufficient sleep in adolescents [is] an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety, as well as the academic success, of our nation’s middle and high school students.”

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Persuasion Map - ReadWriteThink

Persuasion Map - ReadWriteThink | college and career ready | Scoop.it
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
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16 Clues That the Future of Work Is Already Here - Workshifting

16 Clues That the Future of Work Is Already Here - Workshifting | college and career ready | Scoop.it
How we work, when we work and even whom we work with are changing. Here are 16 clues that prove that the future of work is already here.

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Helen Teague's curator insight, August 24, 9:26 PM

An essential checklist of the present and, for some, the future of work. How many items are you already implementing?

Carol Rine's curator insight, August 24, 9:35 PM

Powerful article...I see it happening already.

Rebecca Renck's curator insight, August 25, 9:43 AM

This is a wake-up call to something we already know.  Our world is changing drastically and this means in ever increasing relation to how we make a living and how our children will make a living in the not so distant future.  There are two points that need addressed now to support these changes and provide the best way to prepare our chidren.  Point one: we need to continue to modify education so that children get not only a basic skill set but also some specialized education as they become closer to the working age. 

Second,and maybe most important to us as parents, is that without the traditional office where most of us learned our work ethics and personal responsibility, along with many social skills as we came of age and entered the workforce, these things will need to be taught at a younger age.  Whether it be at home, school, church or organizations, a concentrated effort and / or instruction on integrity, self confidence, social skills, personal responsibility and time managament are needed.  Value based personal awareness curriculum need to be as important as math and writing skills. Even more important is the need to integrate more specialized skill and creative arts into their lives. Otherwise a young adult entering the workforce will not only have a difficult time being able to integrate socially and responsibly from a home office but will not have a skill set that he can market as a contractor.

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What does John Hattie think about education? - David Didau: The Learning Spy

What does John Hattie think about education? - David Didau: The Learning Spy | college and career ready | Scoop.it

"If you don’t yet know, BBC Radio 4 have lined up a series of 8 interviews with the leading lights of the education world. In the second programme of the series, Sarah Montague interviews professor John Hattie on ‘what works’ in education. Here it is. Whatever your opinion of effect sizes and meta-analyses,Visible Learning has changed the way many of us think about teaching and Hattie has become one of the most respected and widely known academics in the field of education. For those too busy or too uninterested to invest 25 minutes of their lives actually listening to the broadcast, I’ll summarise it below:"


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Higher Standards Lead Tennessee students to make big gains in ACT scores

Higher Standards Lead Tennessee students to make big gains in ACT scores | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Tennessee's average ACT score, historically slow to improve despite constant attention from educators, has made its biggest year-to-year leap since

 

"Though its 19.8 composite score is still well below the national average of 21, Tennessee's class of 2014 saw a three-tenths of a point bump from last year, new results released Wednesday show. That's tied with Kentucky and Wyoming for the largest increase among the 12 states that require all students to take the college entry exam."


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Mindsets: Emphasizing Effort, Attitude, and Respect

Mindsets: Emphasizing Effort, Attitude, and Respect | college and career ready | Scoop.it
August 22nd, 2014. Mary Ryerse. As families head "back to school" we should also equip students with three major mindsets. Read more today!

 

Living out this approach personally on a daily basis is challenging – at least for me. Fostering these dispositions in our own children is even more challenging. During this back-to-school season, I’m working on reinforcing these mindsets  - as a parent – within an education context (and while this particular piece focuses on the parent perspective, these ideas can also be used in the classroom). When it comes down to it, it’s really training kids how to think about learning and themselves. What follows are are some ideas that apply them within the context of school:

Effort. Full effort is at the heart of Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindset, encouraging people to “believe that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.” You can help:

Say things like, “Give it your best” or “this may take a few tries.”Ask “What was something you did today where you felt proud of how hard you tried?”Use digital tools to maximize productivity and build ownership in learning.


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Tony Meehan's curator insight, August 22, 6:27 PM

A framework for getting back to school and learning with the right mindset.  For parents / carers and pupils alike....

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Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support

Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Conflating testing and evaluation with education standards threatens Common Core.

 

assessing students’ knowledge of CCSS material before full implementationevaluating educators based on CCSS test scores


These two factors "have caused movement away from the very standards that could benefit students across the country."


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New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect

New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect | college and career ready | Scoop.it
The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.

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Beyond Tests: The Power of Student-Teacher Relationships

Beyond Tests: The Power of Student-Teacher Relationships | college and career ready | Scoop.it

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Walkthroughs don't improve instruction unless...

Walkthroughs don't improve instruction unless... | college and career ready | Scoop.it

"Although we find a negative association between time spent on walkthroughs and outcomes, these results do not imply that walkthroughs cannot be useful...However, if [principals] do not use these walkthroughs to support professional development or other human resource practices, the information they gather may be less beneficial...Schools may be better served if principals spend more time using the information [from walkthroughs] for school improvement than collecting it."


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The Adventures of Library Girl: 27 Ways To Make This the Best Year Ever!

The Adventures of Library Girl: 27 Ways To Make This the Best Year Ever! | college and career ready | Scoop.it
RT @MrSchuReads: 27 Ways to Make This the Best School Year Ever by @jenniferlagarde http://t.co/nvXSknzwK5

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 25, 8:58 AM

Pair this awesome poster with the one made by Mia MacMeekin "27 Things Your Teacher-Librarian Does" for an interesting and motivating wall! Great advice from active and inspiring Tweeters!

Alison Roche Gray's curator insight, August 26, 9:51 AM

for all my fellow librarians!!