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“The Writing Revolution”: An old idea done better

“The Writing Revolution”: An old idea done better | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A school wide focus

“an intense focus, across nearly every academic subject, on teaching the skills that underlie good analytical writing.”


Direct and Explicit Instruction

“The thing is, kids need a formula, at least at first, because what we are asking them to do is very difficult. So God, let’s stop acting like they should just know how to do it. Give them a formula! Later, when they understand the rules of good writing, they can figure out how to break them.”


Standards define expectations. Teachers help students meet expectations.

"traditional instruction delivered by the teachers already in classrooms may turn out to be the most powerful lever we have for improving school performance after all."


The best place to teach literacy skills is in content areas. - Dan Willingham

the emphasis on writing at New Dorp helped in knowledge and vocabulary acquisition by forcing "distributed practice" of subject matter and vocabulary, causing them to be learned more effectively by having to be written out.


Writing improves reading and vice versa. - Steve Graham

the promise of the method lies in its efficiency: killing two birds with one stone, both writing and general knowledge. The efficiency is significant only if it's an effective pedagogical device in support of cumulative knowledge building.


The key is that students can apply what they have learned.

As schools embark on the implementation of the Common Core standards, let us hope that educators keep in mind that they are just standards and that the heavy lifting, as Hirsch suggests, will be that of “defining specifically the knowledge to be learned.”

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Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Leader Action Brief | Achieve

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Leader Action Brief | Achieve | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

These Action Briefs for school leaders are a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, released this with support from MetLife Foundation.

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An explanation of Common Core | Video

An explanation of Common Core | Video | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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

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Kentucky Solicits Suggestions to Change Common-Core Standards

Kentucky Solicits Suggestions to Change Common-Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The state is inviting the public to vote "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on each standard, and to provide specific, detailed feedback.
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Ann Francis's curator insight, August 25, 6:39 PM

#ccss, #commoncore

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Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy

Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty
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Common Core: Blame the process, not the standards

Common Core: Blame the process, not the standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
While the Common Core is a good set of goals, they’re only goals. To work, they must be translated into curricula, textbooks, tests, professional training and phase-in schedules. These have done well in some states, badly in others.
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"Supporters of the Common Core will have to help the public separate the idea of national goals from the process of getting those goals to the classroom."

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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 Standards for School Leaders | 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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How Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core

How Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"There is a growing list of large-scale K-12/higher education cooperative efforts. Well before Common Core, there were great examples of K–12 and higher education working together to define common academic expectations for students and create a more seamless pathway between the two sectors."

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 21, 2:59 PM

Proud of the universities in AL who are stepping up to the plate and the collaboration with higher ed.

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Core Math Truths - NCTM President

Core Math Truths - NCTM President | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By NCTM President, Diane J. Briars


"The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are based on evidence about how students learn mathematics.

The foundation for CCSSM includes the series of National Research Council reports summarizing research about mathematics education—for example, Adding It Up (2001),How Students Learn: Mathematics in the Classroom (2005), and Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood (2009)—as well as the best of previous state standards and a large body of evidence taken from international comparisons. Research results incorporated into CCSSM include both general findings about how students learn mathematics and specific information about how they learn particular content."

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New York's Implementation of Common Core "Fails Kids"

New York's Implementation of Common Core "Fails Kids" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

'Why would policymakers create tests that are designed to mark as failures two out of every three children?" ....and tie the expected falling scores to teacher evaluations and graduation requirements.

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Let's be clear. This article describes New York's choice of how to implement the Common Core. The approach New York has taken ties more rigorous tests and expected drop in scores to both graduation requirements and teacher evaluations. Instead of being an example, New York represents a warning to all states.


This has happened in non-Common Core states like Virginia!

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Vermont schools prepare for Common Core standards

Vermont schools prepare for Common Core standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
MONTPELIER (AP) - Some Vermont schools will open the school year with some revised curriculum to meet more rigorous national education standards called the Common Core while other schools are still working toward implementing them.

"We see it as an opportunity to help our kids reach high standards and to try to figure out how to that," said Pat Fitzsimmons, the Common Core implementation
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Math in the Real World: Resources via #ISTE2014

Math in the Real World: Resources via #ISTE2014 | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Math in the real world 

Students should be able to apply mathematical concepts to real world issues. In the real world, math doesn't come in a box labeled, "Today you will only use your multiplying with fractions skill." In the real world, students must use critical thinking to solve problems. "

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Francisco Restivo's curator insight, August 20, 11:52 AM

Pensamento computacional também é isto!

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Introducing Close Reading Strategies to Your Students

Introducing Close Reading Strategies to Your Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | 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.…
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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 15, 6:54 PM

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

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 16, 12:23 PM

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

With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | 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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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.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 16, 12:16 PM

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.

Ann Francis's curator insight, August 16, 6:57 PM

#commoncore, #ccss

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"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan

"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"I would encourage you to continue to teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text. The point would be to make it possible for kids to make sense of truly challenging texts; the use of strategies could be enough to allow some kids to scaffold their own reading successfully--meaning they might be able to read frustration level texts as if they were written at their instructional level."

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 26, 10:59 AM

Strategy instruction always worked for my students!

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Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support

Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Conflating testing and evaluation with education standards threatens Common Core.


  1. assessing students’ knowledge of CCSS material before full implementation
  2. evaluating 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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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 Standards for School Leaders | 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, 7:19 PM

Another take on Common Core. 

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What's going wrong with implementation of the math standards? Time, Knowledge, Preparation, Resources

What's going wrong with implementation of the math standards? Time, Knowledge, Preparation, Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A researcher and education professor at Michigan State University laid out his take on four major problems with how the common-core math standards are being implemented.
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"1) Instructional time is not well-allocated. Teachers are spending too much time on some topics and not enough on others. For example, his research shows that 3rd and 4th grade teachers are allocating about half the time on fractions that experts say the common standards necessitate. "


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Student on Common Core: It's a "life changer"

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Accountability for Textbook Publishers?

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.[1] It is never evaluated for quality in any serious way, but when it is rigorously evaluated, its impact on student achievement is significant.
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U.S. DoE wants fewer out-of-school suspensions

U.S. DoE wants fewer out-of-school suspensions | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Washington Examiner (8/19) reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday tweeted, “Thanks to the Montgomery County, MD schools for moving their discipline policy away from out-of-school suspensions.” The piece explains that this sentiment “comes as no surprise,” noting that the Administration “has repeatedly called on schools to move away from out-of-school suspensions whenever possible.” The piece notes that Duncan cites criticisms “that minorities tend to be expelled at a much higher rate than their peers,” and quotes him saying in January, “Our department’s Civil Rights Data Collection shows that African-American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as their white peers to be expelled or suspended. And we know that discipline policy and practices matter tremendously — there is nothing inevitable about high rates of suspension and expulsion. We can, and must, do much better.”

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Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards

Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
One of the most frequent questions I get from coaches is about how to coach teachers in the Common Core (CCSS). While there's some content knowledge you'll need to have about the CCSS, there are many coaching skills that apply regardless of the content.
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Report: some states may be requiring students to master fewer skills

Pressure to meet national education standards may be the reason states with significant populations of African-American students and those with larger class sizes often require children to learn fewer skills, finds a University of Kansas researcher.

The skills students are expected to learn in schools are not necessarily universal,” said Argun Saatcioglu, a KU associate professor of education and courtesy professor of sociology. 

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60 CCSS-focused research studies | CEP

Can’t get enough Common Core?


"The Center on Education Policy’s got you covered with this hefty compendium of over sixty CCSS-focused studies, including several from Fordham. CEP summarizes each, providing brief overviews of the focus, the findings, and the methodology (only methodologically sound studies were chosen). It’s handy one-stop shopping, covering a wide range of Common Core–related topics. Want to know whether the standards are likely to be effective?"

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One-third of Virginia’s schools could lack full accreditation as standards toughen

One-third of Virginia’s schools could lack full accreditation as standards toughen | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The state’s higher standards on reading tests could cause up to 250 schools to lose full accreditation.
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Don Soifer, executive vice president of the Lexington Institute, an Arlington think tank, said the expected rise in schools accredited with warning warrants investigation."


This train wreck was predicted years ago, but no plans were put in place to avoid the inevitable drop in scores due to significantly more difficult exams. As a result, instead of working to build capacity and remediate students, principals will be filling out reports to the state.


"A school that is newly facing warning status must submit to a state academic review that will include scrutiny of the school’s curriculum and instructional practices."


 

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Writing: Unit planner using 'backwards design' that aligned to Common Core

Writing: Unit planner using 'backwards design' that aligned to Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"I’ve been working on a multi-day or unit planner based in a backwards design format that also aligns with the Common Core. Today, I finished with a prototype I think is worth sharing. As a template model, I have designed the planner for grade 2, but based on feedback from my readers, I plan to make appropriate edits and create a similar format for each grade, K-12. I will offer the resultant planners on my website at no cost through the start of school, just as I am doing right now with the PARCC Aligned Writing Rubrics.   So please, download this WordForm and take a look. I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think!"

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With Fractions, Common-Core Requires More Conceptual Understanding (WHY)

With Fractions, Common-Core Requires More Conceptual Understanding (WHY) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
How do you illustrate division of fractions by fractions? And why would you want to?


Liana Heitin writes at the Education Week (8/13) “Curriculum Matters” blog that notwithstanding criticism of the Common Core Standards’ requirement that math instruction go beyond teaching the mechanics of how to solve simple equations, “at a professional development session on the common core I attended last month, held by the Maryland department of education, a small group of middle school math teachers learned how to illustrate these types of equations.” She writes that teachers were enthusiastic about learning to illustrate math concepts.

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"when asked about the difference between the old and new standards, many teachers have pointed to fractions as an example—they can no longer teach "Don't ask why, just invert and multiply." Now they have to help students "make sense of problems," as the common core's Standards for Mathematical Practice require. And that's not always easy to do. 

"I've been able to divide fractions since I was taught it," said Caine. "But I was a teacher when I understood how to graphically model what it means." 

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