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No nonsense nonfiction: Tips for incorporating nonfiction into the ELA curriculum

No nonsense nonfiction: Tips for incorporating nonfiction into the ELA curriculum | Common Core | Scoop.it
Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes

Via Mel Riddile
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@PaulineZd  has good, practical insight that K-6 and secondary Enlish teachers need to increase their use of non-fiction texts.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 6, 3:36 PM

Short and practical ideas. But, remember that when the Common Core cites informational text as important, that means much more than reading narrative nonfiction. I find the use of the term "nonfiction novels" more than problematic. Call a book by its genre: generating an oxymoron is officious.

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While the debate is running around the USA educators are busy working out best practices. One of the best developments with the CC is how there is such a great increase in the amount sharing ideas for teaching and learning.
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20 Apps For Writing On The iPad

20 Apps For Writing On The iPad | Common Core | Scoop.it
From Notability and Apple's Pages, to Microsoft Word and Google Drive, 20 apps for writing on the iPad.

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I didn't know there were so many options. This article is helpful so I can sort them out. 

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Polls Capture Public's Sour View of Common Core

Polls Capture Public's Sour View of Common Core | Common Core | Scoop.it
“ A pair of wide-ranging polls by PDK/Gallup and Education Next gauge sentiment on the common standards, testing, school funding, and other hot-button issues.”
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It seems like the public opinion towards common core is continuing to go in the wrong direction. Maybe there's a way to capture all this energy and directed towards a push to curriculum strategies.
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Complete guide to open educational resources - in Campus Technology : August 2014, Page 19

Complete guide to open educational resources - in Campus Technology : August 2014, Page 19 | Common Core | Scoop.it

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Forget the content (which is amazing and current) just enjoy the emagazine format from campustechnology.

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How Will Educators Prepare?

How Will Educators Prepare? | Common Core | Scoop.it

As state policymakers continue to grapple with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) decisions and debate which tests will be used to assess students’ progress with the new standards, educators face moving targets as they plan for the 2014–15 school year.


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Here's a very interesting perspective. How do teachers prepare to hit a "moving target" when states keep changing the end game related to Common Core and assessment?

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Seattle Wants Its Own No Child Left Behind Waiver

Seattle Wants Its Own No Child Left Behind Waiver | Common Core | Scoop.it
If Seattle gets the go-ahead from Duncan, it would be the first individual district in the country to get its very own waiver.
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A Seattle waiver would seem appropriate. Why not just grant a national waiver or create a new ed law that provides the flexibility that districts and schools need to innovate? At least the trend of exemptions and flexibility can continue for the next few years until we get a new administration.  [Photo: Morguefile.com user kakisky]

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New twist in Common Core wars

New twist in Common Core wars | Common Core | Scoop.it
A new front has opened in the Common Core wars — over testing contracts.
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New testing push backs may further hinder Core implementation.
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From Oklahoma to Louisiana: Why states are dropping Common Core - Fox News (blog)

From Oklahoma to Louisiana: Why states are dropping Common Core - Fox News (blog) | Common Core | Scoop.it

"From Oklahoma to Louisiana: Why states are dropping Common Core
Fox News (blog) 'Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core.'"

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I would add, "unfortunately the world of politics have taken over the debate over higher ed. standards." This is not surprising, however, since politics have always been involved in education. The key lesson being learned is that more  gradual democratic processes are needed to implement major policy changes. 

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There's An Amazing Way To Do Multiplication That's Better Than How You Learned In School

There's An Amazing Way To Do Multiplication That's Better Than How You Learned In School | Common Core | Scoop.it
No more carrying the tens digit. (There's an amazing way to do multiplication that's better than how you learned in school http://t.co/7qilfn2IV9)
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There is a benefit to learning more than one method of multiplying. The box method can help students understand what is happening when they multiply two digit numbers.
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Test expert: Most schools not ready for Common Core - The Salinas Californian

Test expert: Most schools not ready for Common Core - The Salinas Californian | Common Core | Scoop.it
Washington Post Test expert: Most schools not ready for Common Core The Salinas Californian Last week, McRae found school districts in Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula receptive to his request to watch the action in the pre-test of the test to be...
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At our site we've noticed too, that students need to be more academically ready for the SMARTER Balanced. Too many are staring blankly at their computer monitors. 


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InterACT: “Sorry I Cannot Write More” - A Smarter Balanced Tale

InterACT: “Sorry I Cannot Write More” - A Smarter Balanced Tale | Common Core | Scoop.it
The Common Core transition reached me on a more personal level this week when my 11-year old son came home and asked, “Dad, do you know anyone who made the Smarter Balanced test?
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A good anecdote without too much criticism from a parent. It makes me want to know more about how students are experiencing SMARTER Balanced testing.

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Latino Parents Say L.A. School District Has Not Informed Them About Common Core

Latino Parents Say L.A. School District Has Not Informed Them About Common Core | Common Core | Scoop.it
“Latino parents in Los Angeles say they have not received enough information about the Common Core State Standards from the state’s largest school district. (RT @kathleen_herne: #StopCommonCoreLatino Parents Say L.A.”
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The information campaign needs to step up so everyone can understand the Common Core better.
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Republicans See Political Wedge in Common Core

Republicans See Political Wedge in Common Core | Common Core | Scoop.it
The health care law may be Republicans’ favorite weapon against Democrats, but the Common Core is also roiling the party.
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There are political storms brewing over the Core, as this article details. What side you are on seems to be more of a concern for those on the far left or right. There will be an impact on the upcoming elections but governors are at the center of the storm. School boards are under pressure to clarify their stance.

Where do you stand?

I think we need to give the standards a chance and let local districts and schools have some flexibility. Teachers, parents, and students should be allowed to have more input. The standards don't have federal control but I agree with some that the influence of Washington is strong, with their ties to Race to the Top and other funding.


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How Common Core education standards are changing the way LAUSD schools ... - Los Angeles Daily News

How Common Core education standards are changing the way LAUSD schools ... - Los Angeles Daily News | Common Core | Scoop.it
How Common Core education standards are changing the way LAUSD schools ...
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Covering news related to the CC and SB roll-out in and around L.A.

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7 Excellent Pinterest Boards for Elementary Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Excellent Pinterest Boards for Elementary Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Common Core | Scoop.it

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There are tons of great ideas here.

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50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US

50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US | Common Core | Scoop.it
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards: ——— ALABAMA The state school board folded Common Core into the state's College and Career Ready Standards for public schools and has been defending the decision ever since.
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Keeping up with CC implementation (or lack thereof) is easier with summary articles like this one.

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Education reform is becoming a celebrity cause

Education reform is becoming a celebrity cause | Common Core | Scoop.it
Member-supported public radio for Southern California. Award-winning local news and cultural programming alongside the best of NPR.
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Critics of Common Core are mainstream. This article combines the new standards with teacher tenure as issues the public is concerned about. 

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces State Adoption of First English Framework Based on Common Core

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces State Adoption of First English Framework Based on Common Core | Common Core | Scoop.it
Imperial Valley California News, including Brawley, El Centro, Calexico, Holtville, Dunes, San Diego, Palm Springs (http://t.co/ESRQIhGrSR)
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ELA and ELD are now better integrated/combined in one framework.

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How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards

How to Design Projects Around Common Core Standards | Common Core | Scoop.it

Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes: "Call me bass-ackwards, but I don't design projects around the Common Core Standards. I design projects based on what I believe are engaging topics that encourage my curriculum. Having said that, I don't neglect them either. In fact, by the end of my design process, I would say that I've become rather intimate with the series of standards I'm trying to hit." (emphasis added)


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Time for teachers to have a little time off and to put some planning time in on next year's projects. I like Heather's approach of finding engaging topics first, then incorporate the standards as they best work in.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, June 20, 10:33 AM

Heather's posts about PBL and/or Common Core are always worth reading! This is an article that should be shared throughout your school. 

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Common Core's testing framework is crumbling - Washington Post (blog)

Common Core's testing framework is crumbling - Washington Post (blog) | Common Core | Scoop.it
Northwest Arkansas News Common Core's testing framework is crumbling Washington Post (blog) It's been clear for some time that the exams being designed by the two consortia — Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC, and the Partnership for...
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Highlights some of the key challenges to the SBAC and PAARC.

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When “proficient” isn’t enough: A California school rises to the Common Core challenge - Hechinger Report

When “proficient” isn’t enough: A California school rises to the Common Core challenge - Hechinger Report | Common Core | Scoop.it
COMPTON, Calif. — A large color photograph of an iceberg on display in teacher Angel Chavarin’s fourth-grade classroom at Laurel Street Elementary may not be the typical prop for a language arts lesson.
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Laurel Street has been in the news before and it's all good news.
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What's all the fuss over common core? - Asheville Citizen-Times

What's all the fuss over common core? - Asheville Citizen-Times | Common Core | Scoop.it
What's all the fuss over common core?
Asheville Citizen-Times
When someone takes issue with common core standards, Hall Fletcher third-grade teacher Brian Randall takes out his iPad and starts reading them aloud.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:

Good article from a balanced perspective, showing opinions from both sides of the debate. It really makes me think about how lucky I am to be right on the front lines of the implementation of new, invigorating standards. I get to daily see the benefits of the higher reach, and more reasonable sense of the Common Core.

It's true that part of the confusion today is about the difference between standards and curriculum. What am I missing? Curriculum is implemented in the most local context, the classroom. No one, let alone Big Brother, is with me in the student-teacher relationship, determining implementation strategies and setting up foundations for understanding. 

Another frustration, expressed by many conservatives, is the influence of corporations in the process of "public" education. This one I don't understand because it is private industry where we find the competitive advantages and innovation to help drive up the quality of curriculum and educational products. 

I say what is all the fuss about along with the author. Let's get moving and provide the best education in the world. Where the standards are weak, let's strengthen. Where the process is less-than democratic, let's improve it. 

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California Districts Request Extension for Special NCLB Waiver

California Districts Request Extension for Special NCLB Waiver | Common Core | Scoop.it
Seven of the original eight districts participating in the waiver are seeking an extension and asking for more time to implement their teacher-evaluation systems.
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More on the California CORE NCLB Waiver extension. 

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Common Core propaganda fails: Well-financed education “reformers” fight ... - Salon

Common Core propaganda fails: Well-financed education “reformers” fight ... - Salon | Common Core | Scoop.it
“Common Core propaganda fails: Well-financed education “reformers” fight ...”
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Looking at both sides of the debate.
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The fight over the Common Core standards is misguided - Washington Post (blog)

The fight over the Common Core standards is misguided - Washington Post (blog) | Common Core | Scoop.it
The fight over the Common Core standards is misguided. Washington Post (blog) When Jeb Bush recently defended Common Core, of which he is a major advocate, the right once again exploded, claiming that it would be his downfall...
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Good look at the facts and both sides of the debate.
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Common Core critic and Portland School Board member Steve Buel drafts ... - The Oregonian

Common Core critic and Portland School Board member Steve Buel drafts ... - The Oregonian | Common Core | Scoop.it
“TheBlaze.comCommon Core critic and Portland School Board member Steve Buel drafts ...The Oregonian... drafts resolution against new state standards. Steve Buel, Portland School Board member.”
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Is this an example of a good healthy debate? More debate should have been had before implementation. Nevertheless we are here and in implementation around the country. It's interesting that both sides argue what is best for children.
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