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New research helps explain why girls do better in school

New research helps explain why girls do better in school | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys -- even when they perform worse on standardized tests?

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Trying to get better teachers into nation’s poor classrooms

Trying to get better teachers into nation’s poor classrooms | college and career ready | Scoop.it
The Education Department is opting to enforce an existing law after six years, but critics say it won’t make a difference.

 

 The Washington Post (11/10, Layton) reports that ED on Monday “ordered states to devise plans to get stronger teachers into high-poverty classrooms, correcting a national imbalance in which students who need the most help are often taught by the weakest educators.” The article explains that ED ordered state education chiefs to “analyze whether too many of their ‘excellent’ educators are absent from struggling schools and to craft a strategy to spread them more evenly across schools.” The Post reports that ED will spend $4.2 million to set up a technical assistant network “to help states and districts develop and implement their plans,” and quotes Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon saying, “We are all dismayed by the lack of compliance. We’re saying this is critical for us.” Lhamon also said, “The states will comply with the law. What we’re trying to do is make clear what compliance looks like and what we . . . we hope and expect this experience will be consistent with our past experience as well.”


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Using data to head off high school dropouts

Using data to head off high school dropouts | college and career ready | Scoop.it
'Early Warning Systems' are changing how schools identify – and help – high-risk students.

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High School Discipline: How Strict Is Too Strict? "charter networks...popularize strictness"

High School Discipline: How Strict Is Too Strict? "charter networks...popularize strictness" | college and career ready | Scoop.it

The backlash against no-excuses discipline in (charter) high schools

 

"Over the past two decades, hundreds of elementary and middle schools across the country have embraced an uncompromisingly stern approach to educating low-income students of color. But only more recently have some of the charter networks that helped popularize strictness, including the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), opened high schools—an expansion that has tested the model in new, and divisive, ways. There’s no official name for this type of school, and not all of the informal terms please the educators in charge: the ethos is often described as “no excuses,” “paternalistic,” or devoted to “sweating the small stuff.” The schools, most of them urban charters, share an aversion to even minor signs of disorder and a pressing need to meet the test-based achievement standards of the No Child Left Behind era or else find themselves shuttered. Front and center in their defense of intensive regimentation for their predominantly minority students is a stirring goal beyond that bottom line: to send all their graduates, many of them first-generation college aspirants, on to higher education."


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Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn

Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn | college and career ready | Scoop.it

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A New Era for Student Assessment

A New Era for Student Assessment | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Standardized assessments, even when they include open-ended questions and are performance-based, only give us part of the picture of a student's readiness for college and career success.

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11-State Coalition To Develop OER for K-12 Math and ELA -- THE Journal

A coalition representing 11 state education agencies is setting out to create open educational resources to support math and English/language arts in K–12 schools.
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Smarter Balanced States Approve Achievement Level Recommendations | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced States Approve Achievement Level Recommendations | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | college and career ready | Scoop.it

OLYMPIA, WASH. (November 17, 2014) —Members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have voted to approve initial achievement levels for the mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) assessments that will be administered in 17 states and one territory this school year. The vote marks an important milestone in the development of the assessment system.

 
“These initial achievement levels were developed with input from thousands of educators and community members, reflecting a diverse cross-section of views on education. Moving forward, the achievement levels, along with scale scores that also will be reported, will help teachers and parents understand student performance and needs for support,” said Smarter Balanced Executive Director Joe Willhoft.
 
The achievement levels serve as a starting point for discussion about the performance of individual students and of groups of students in mathematics and English Language arts. There are other measures that students, teachers and parents can also use to help evaluate the academic progress of students and schools, such as scale scores, growth models, and portfolios of student work. The states also unanimously approved a position paper to provide broad guidelines for how the scores and achievement levels can be used and interpreted by state officials, parents, teachers and other stakeholders.


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Education First releases series of briefs on PD for Common Core

Education First releases series of briefs on PD for Common Core | college and career ready | Scoop.it

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As open source goes mainstream, institutions collaborate differently - TechRepublic

As open source goes mainstream, institutions collaborate differently - TechRepublic | college and career ready | Scoop.it
18F has quietly become the bleeding edge of the US federal government's adoption of open source software. Read about the benefits and challenges of open source going mainstream.

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Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)

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INFOhio - Ohio's PreK-12 Digital Library

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Presents articles supporting multiple sides of current issues from which students can develop persuasive arguments and essays while developing their analytical thinking skills. Most articles include Lexile score. Recommended grades: 9-12

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Dimensions Of Inquiry

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INFOhio Curriculum Toolbox's curator insight, July 21, 3:17 PM

Creating an environment of inquiry in a classroom requires skill, practice and encouragement. First and foremost teachers must understand and believe in the value of inquiry across all subject areas and be comfortable with the inquiry process. This process can be best taught by the school library media specialist in collaboration with the content area teacher so that the inquiry skills are learned in concert with the content. The IMatrix is designed to give teachers and media specialists easy access to resources which not only help explain inquiry, but also help teach inquiry skills to students.

The six Dimensions of Inquiry were created through an environmental scan of various information inquiry models. From these models, the Dimensions of Inquiry were synthesized. The dimensions sometimes overlap or may cycle back to a previous dimension when a different direction is needed. Which of the Dimensions would you like to explore?

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CCSS-CTE Classroom Tasks | Achieve

Additional ResourcesCCSS-CTE Task Alignment Packet [1] (IL)CCSS-CTE Task Ailgnment PPT [2] (IL)Brief: Integrating the Common Core State Standards and Career Technical Education [3]

As states and districts implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they will need to find ways to ensure the content is both rigorous and engaging for students, particularly in mathematics.

To help educators and education leaders address this challenge, Achieve and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTEc) [4] jointly piloted a process where educators evaluated, modified, and/or developed instructional tasks that demonstrate how Career Technical Education (CTE) content can be leveraged throughout high school mathematics. 

All of the tasks below were developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and CTE educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. They were developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning – and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Interested in replicating such an activity in your state, district, or school? See here [5]for resources and tools to support your efforts!

Architecture/Pre-Design (Illinois)

Access Ramp (PDF [6], Word [7])Fences (PDF [8], Word [9])Framing a House (PDF [10], Word [11])Storage Sheds (PDF [12], Word [13])Stairway (PDF [14], Word [15])Miniature Golf (PDF [16], Word [17])

Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes (Nebraska)

Corn & Oats (PDF [18], Word [19])Dairy Barn (PDF [20], Word [21])Grain Storage Capacity (PDF [22], Word [23])Yogurt Packaging (PDF [24], Word [25])Ground Beef (PDF [26], Word [27])Rabbit Food (PDF [28], Word [29])Greenhouse Management (PDF [30], Word [31])

Health Sciences (New Jersey)

Spread of Disease (PDF [32], Word [33])BMI Calculations (PDF [34], Word [35])Dental Impressions (PDF [36], Word [37])False Positives (PDF [38], Word [39])Ivy Smith Grows Up (PDF [40], Word [41])Range of Motion (PDF [42], Word [43])  © 2014 Achieve, Inc. All rights reserved.@AchieveIncfb.com/AchieveAchieve, Inc.
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it’s time to reinvent the teaching

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Social studies teacher Stephen Lazar: Making the global history Regents exam optional for many students offers an opportunity to redesign […]

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Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language

Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Photo from Ping Li Lab, Penn State Regular readers of this blog and/or my books are familiar with how I help students see the physical impact learning new things can have on its brains (see The Bes...

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