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Teacher Maricela Montoy-Wilson Defends Common Core: A Response to Principal Carol Burris - Education Post

Teacher Maricela Montoy-Wilson Defends Common Core: A Response to Principal Carol Burris - Education Post | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Guest Post: Maricela Montoy-Wilson teaches second grade in East Palo Alto, California, where she has taught for the last six years. She graduated from Stanford
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When REAL teachers, those actually working with kids everyday in America's classrooms speak to specific examples and standards, we must listen.
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Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane on the future of Common Core | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Mike Petrilli and Mike McShane on the future of Common Core | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Fordham's Mike Petrilli and AEI's Mike McShane talk the future of Common Core. With Indiana, South Carolina, and Oklahoma backtracking from these standards, what's next in this political fight? 
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Embrace the Common Core: A Debate (aired September 9, 2014 on IQ2.TV)

Embrace the Common Core: A Debate (aired September 9, 2014 on IQ2.TV) | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

A Research Library: Should we embrace the Common Core?

In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts and graduating high school without the necessary skills for college and the workforce. But is this the reform we’ve been looking for? Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? Or will the Common Core raise the bar and improve the quality of our children’s education?

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Are you looking for articles on the Common Core? This might be a valuable resource for you. Although I missed last night's debate (I did hear some of the Twitter fallout shortly after the debate aired), I discovered this link today. On this webpage you will find a lengthy list of publication titles with links to the writing of Carmel Martin (pro CCSS) and Carol Burris (anti-CCSS).

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PARCC Provides Guidance & Cautions about How to Use Newly Released Scoring Rubrics

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Fully agree: standards, rubrics, and guidelines for assessment have never driven research based instruction. What we want responsible writers to be able to do and how we help them reach that point are two separate concepts--connected by the quality expected in teaching methodology and learning outcomes.

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California Higher Education Systems Pledge Common-Core Support

California Higher Education Systems Pledge Common-Core Support | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
All four segments of California's higher education system are working to align admissions and teacher-preparation programs to reflect the common core.
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David Coleman & E.D. Hirsch – POLITICO 50: Ideas changing politics and the people behind them

David Coleman & E.D. Hirsch – POLITICO 50: Ideas changing politics and the people behind them | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
There are very few eureka moments in teaching, at least ones that eventually lead to a new curriculum in 43 out of 50 American states.
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Having taught a series of high school classes in the 1990s and into the millennium all grounded in the work of E.D. Hirsch, I readily embraced #CCSS in 2010. I have met David Coleman and appreciate what he brings to educational thought and methodology. Common Core--cultural literacy--Bring it on!
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Let teacher leaders lead Common Core professional development | CTQ

Let teacher leaders lead Common Core professional development | CTQ | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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The use of scripted lessons is antithetical to the spirit of the Common Core. The Common Core demands that readers consider text in the process of analysis, integration, and justification. Scripted lessons require no thinking on the part of a teacher--use of scripted lessons diminishes the need for critical thinking. If teachers are not models of critical thinking, why would students need to engage in the process themselves?

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Articles: Common Core Endgame: Social Justice

Articles: Common Core Endgame: Social Justice | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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Mary Ann Marcella evidently hasn't reviewed the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Indeed, SBAC assessments have a classroom activities component that intentionally accesses and / or fosters background knowledge before setting kids off to take the independent portions of the assessment piece. Check out this link for more information: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ClassroomActivityAdministrationGuidelines_PracticeTest.pdf

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Françoise Mouly’s Toon Graphics Takes Comics to Classrooms

Françoise Mouly’s Toon Graphics Takes Comics to Classrooms | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Toon Graphics is producing comic books it hopes will be studied as serious textbooks in the fourth grade and beyond.
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A Back-to-School Conversation with Teachers and School Leaders | ED.gov Blog

A Back-to-School Conversation with Teachers and School Leaders | ED.gov Blog | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
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Pleased to see a shift in government thinking. Teachers need to be part of evaluation conversations not victims of top-down reform. Without their input, our system will suffer an assessment malaise.
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What's behind the declining support for the Common Core?

What's behind the declining support for the Common Core? | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

What's behind the declining support for the Common Core?Results from the annual Education Next poll are out today, and the news is not good for us proponents of the Common Core.


Via Darren Burris
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Based on Michael Petrelli's concluding paragraphs, perhaps I am now more open to referring to the standards by the state name--if that makes people feel better. I have felt strongly about referring to the standards as what they are, but if the name is the issue for most citizens, then I can move:  "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" (Shakespeare).

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Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand, Part 2

Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand, Part 2 | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App Flows” at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference this November in Raleigh, NC.


Via Deb Gardner
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As more and more teachers and schools begin to realize their students will be assessed over these standards later this school year, this type of information, though not new, will grow in practical need and importance.

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With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel?

With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel? | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

According to Catherine Gewertz at Education Week, "teachers are getting an increasing amount of training to prepare for the common core, but that doesn't always make them feel ready to teach the standards.

 

According to the article, a recently released study, "From Adoption to Practice: Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core," shows that while far more teachers are attending common-core training, they are giving those sessions low marks for quality.

Professional Development and Training. In last year's report, 71 percent of teachers said they had attended professional development or training for the common core. This year, that figure rose to 87 percent.Teachers were far more critical of their training sessions in 2013 than they were in 2012, however. Two-thirds felt they were of high quality in 2012, but barely half said so in 2013.Only 23 percent reported that the assessments had been a topic of professional development.Far more common is training on the English/language arts standards; training on the math standards runs a distant second.Their sense of preparedness, ranked on a scale from 1 ("not at all prepared") to 5 ("very prepared"), was about the same in this year's report as it was the previous year: just under half gave themselves 4s or 5s on that preparedness scale.Only one-quarter said in this year's report that their students were well prepared to master the standards, and 14 percent said their students were well prepared for the tests.Teachers are unhappy with the lack of alignment between their instructional materials and the common core, a situation that's stubbornly unchanged from the year before. Nearly six in 10 said their main curricular materials were not aligned to the new standards.Teachers are pretty cynical about publishers' claims that their materials are "common-core-aligned." Fewer than four in 10 said they'd trust curriculum providers' claims of alignment.Only 18 percent classified themselves as "very familiar" with the math standards in the fall of 2012, but that number rose to 31 percent in the fall 2013 survey.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's insight:

As a facilitator of learning about the Common Core, none of this surprises me. Much of the PD I see offered by states and many of the professional development companies are worn out and outdated PP slides initially developed by testing consortia. Much of the training I see offered should have been happening two years ago, not now...after implementation has begun and testing is upon us.

Unfortunately, when teachers attend trainings that offer weak support in knowledge about and application of the standards, their time is wasted and their proficiencies are not increased. Implementing the Common Core is work, hard work. To entertain teachers for a day or make the material seem easily understood does a disservice to teachers, students, schools, and communities.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 14, 10:45 AM

Why was there "far more training on the English/language arts standards; training on the math standards runs a distant second?"


Literacy is now a "shared responsibility" across all content areas. This means that all secondary teachers are expected to integrate purposeful reading, writing, and discussion of complex text into their lessons. In reality, few teachers have received the training or support to carry out this formidable task, which will take several years of focused practice to reach an acceptable level of proficiency. 

Although elementary teachers are much better prepared to teach literacy skills, they must increase the amount of informational text and do more argumentative/persuasive writing, which are significant changes.

Ann Francis's curator insight, August 16, 9:57 PM

#commoncore, #ccss

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A tribute to the work of E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

A tribute to the work of E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
Learn about E. D. Hirsch in this short video that follows his career, how he came to develop the Core Knowledge curriculum, and his thoughts on the future of the Common Core. Featured in the video are prominent education reformers such as David Coleman, Joel Klein, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Tom Birmingham, Randi Weingarten, Valarie Lewis, Sol Stern, Kati Haycock, and Dan Willingham.
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Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
For over a year, I’ve been encouraging Common Core advocates to stop endlessly re-litigating the standards and instead to focus on getting implementation right. Taking my own advice last week, I traveled to Reno to see first-hand the work of the Core Task Project, the initiative driving implementation of the standards in Washoe County, Nevada.
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Without the Common Core in Oklahoma

Following the repeal of the standards, Oklahoma teacher Valeria Hughes wonders what's ahead for her state and her classroom.
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PARCC Scoring Rubrics Grade 3: Prose Constructed Response Revised based on Spring Field Testing

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, September 8, 7:43 PM

Glad to see PARCC has rethought the scaled score system used in Grade 3--the previous scored were inconsistent and unbalanced.

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Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core | Mother Jones

Inside the Mammoth Backlash to Common Core | Mother Jones | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
How a bipartisan education reform effort became the biggest conservative bogeyman since Obamacare.
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As I began to read, I thought this might be another myth-filled right-winged opine on the #CCSS. Fortunately, I persevered. Not only a balance account of events, some details that were new to me!
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Core of the Matter: School Supplies, Facebook and the Common Core (#CoreMatters)

Core of the Matter: School Supplies, Facebook and the Common Core (#CoreMatters) | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"...Every child in the nation, regardless of in which house or state they live, regardless of gender, race, or how much money their parents earn, deserve just that.  It’s this premise — one that has been put through a blender by media, political circles, and misinformed stakeholders — that is the foundation of the Common Core State Standards. Never before have expectations been higher. Never before have states collaborated at such high levels to show that a third grader in one state is just as valuable as one in another and how each child deserves the same high levels of opportunity.

"As our nation’s children head back to school, let’s ensure that the mom at the soccer game, the dad at the grocery store, or the child sitting in algebra class, have a clear understanding of the what, the why, and the locally decided how of why we do what we do in our schools. This includes those expectations – or standards – that we strive for all of our children to reach so that ultimately, they will be prepared for whatever may come their way.

"Together we are better for the children that we serve."

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I hope Tom Murray's words resonate with you; they echo through my being! I have been pounding my head against the proverbial wall trying to get positive words and thoughts in the minds of parents and teachers. I have shared on Facebook, defended on Facebook, and been attacked on Facebook. His point is well-taken. Schools and teachers and administrators--educators in general--need to look ahead to the futures of our kids and our country. In so doing, they--we--need to communicate the value of rigorous standards for their children, their economy, and their futures.

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Restarting the Common Core debate

Restarting the Common Core debate | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

Over the past couple of years, a raucous debate has emerged over the Common Core, content standards in English and mathematics adopted by states nationwide.


Via Darren Burris
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Another attempt to ground discussions regarding the #CCSS in reality. We must advance beyond name-calling and myth making in order to make prudent decisions.

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Jindal Proves He's Serious About Dismantling His Former Cause

Jindal Proves He's Serious About Dismantling His Former Cause | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
First he sued his own school board. Now he's suing the federal government.

Buffeted by a state judge who initially struck down his suspension of Common Core testing and said his actions hurt the state's parents, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is ...
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Making sense of the ed-reform backlash | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Making sense of the ed-reform backlash | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

"Should our schools be drudgery? Of course not. They need to be places of intellectual discovery, excitement, and enthusiasm. Why is it that we believe only in challenging our kids to do their very best when it comes to athletics, or music, or the arts—domains where the American school system excels? Kids want to be challenged; they want to be pushed to excellence. We do that in football. We could do it with fractions, too.

I believe that reforms like the Common Core can help schools in the suburbs immensely. High standards—and rigorous, aligned tests—can tell children and their families the truth about whether students are “on track” for college or a meaningful career. They also indicate the essential knowledge and skills that kids need to master at each grade in order to be on the trajectory for success. And good suburban districts tend to have the capacity—the central office staff, the know-how, the resources—to rise to the challenge of higher standards.

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Petrellli speaks much truth here...our schools are not broken, but having had foreign exchange students, I can attest to their sense of ease the American system offers. And in my experience, parochial schools, though not the answer, surely do ramp up the rigor. They are in a competitive market; parents expect to get more for their children as the result of paying tuition. Public education in the United States is firmly founded and firmly grounded--but it needs to be ratteld about to loosen the complacency about closing my door and teaching what I like/want/feel comfortable with.

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Public Support Waning

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At last, accountability for textbook publishers? | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

At last, accountability for textbook publishers? | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it

Nearly all American K–12 students are exposed to it every day. It decides, in large part, what students will learn in school and how they will learn it. It is never evaluated for quality in any serious way, but when it is rigorously evaluated, its impact on student achievement is significant.

 

No, this isn’t another blog about teachers. I’m talking textbooks. We need good textbooks in front of kids just as badly as we need good teachers. However, from a research and policy perspective, improving textbook quality is a lot easier.

 

A little-noticed report last week in Education Week described a new initiative to be the Consumer Reports of textbooks. A new nonprofit called EdReports plans to post “free online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards.” If they’re careful, credible, and diligent, this initiative could turn the lights up on a largely ignored factor in student outcomes that is ripe for analysis and improvement. And it could even blunt some of the more heated criticisms of the Common Core. Here’s why I think EdReports, and textbooks in general, matter:


Via Deb Gardner
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The idea of a Consumer Reports slant to reviews of all material purported to be Common Core aligned could be a boon for schools and teachers: most importantly, for the teaching and learning of our children. It could also be beneficial to smaller publishers doing good work in developing Common Core materials but unknown because they are small and outspent by the large educational publishing companies.

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Introducing Close Reading Strategies to Your Students

Introducing Close Reading Strategies to Your Students | Common Core ELA_Literacy | Scoop.it
I want a way to introduce Close Reading to my students that will help them understand both the Why and the How behind the strategy.  I am a big fan of David Therialt's blog, "The Readiness is All" and his approach the analyzing a text or piece of artwork through the  S.C.O.U.T. and T3 design.…

Via Mel Riddile
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Close reading is nothing new. As a matter of fact, close reading began with New Criticism of the 1950s. Close reading was the not the name of the approach readers were taught by which to approach text; that nomenclature has come upon us since the publication and adoption of the Common Core. If you were a student of English in the 60s through the late 70s and early 80s, you were probably doing close reading because that was how teachers of the era were taught to break down texts in the process of analysis. Seems new to many, but that is only because reading made a U-turn somewhere in the 1980s towards whole language and responsive reading and away from analytical, academic reading.

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 15, 9:54 PM

Powerpoint has two approaches for close reading.  I love the way the second was initially designed for artwork.