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Does the Common Core Demoralize Teachers?

Does the Common Core Demoralize Teachers? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Sarah Brown Wessling


"If we want uncommon learning for our children in a time of common standards, we must be willing to lower the voices of discontent that threaten to overpower a teaching force who is learning a precise, deliberate, and cohesive practice."

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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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The Mathematics of Hope - on meaningful reform in mathematics education

Here is a new paper by Jo that was published by Heinemann with some important ideas about mathematics messages and the opening of tasks. Mathematics of Hope Paper


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Why is it so difficult to elevate the academic performance of low income children?

Why is it so difficult to elevate the academic performance of low income children? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Why is it so difficult to elevate the academic performance of low income children?


A growing body of research indicates that part of the answer may lie in the tremendous amount of brain development that takes place during the first three years of life. Babies are born to learn, and we now know many neural networks in the brain are significantly strengthened or weakened long before a child has entered formal schooling.

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Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name

Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
43 states are standing by the Common Core, but one-third are calling it by another name.


 The Washington Post (9/9, Lyndsey Layton) reports that according to the report, “most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they’re calling them something different.” The report shows that 19 states “have ditched the ‘Common Core’ name but have kept the standards and slapped on a new moniker that doesn’t carry as much political freight.”

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ELA Common Core Standards Through a 21st Century Lens (20 min. video)

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Congressional report: Common Core is not a curriculum!

Congressional report: Common Core is not a curriculum! | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Report: Common Core is not a curriculum, and it's legal for the feds to offer millions of dollars if states adopt it.
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Evaluating Lessons: Tips for Calibrating Group Feedback

Evaluating Lessons: Tips for Calibrating Group Feedback | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Learn how to calibrate group feedback with EQuIP's rubric.

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Working with the EQiIP rubric is powerful when done in collaborative groups!

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Useful Resources Helping Teachers Transition to the Common Core

Useful Resources Helping Teachers Transition to the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Below are additional resources that Stidham and Schmidt have found to be useful in helping teachers make the transition to the Common Core and in creating lessons that both challenge and engage students.

 

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  1. No matter the question, an online resource called TuvaLabs is helping students use data to find the answer.
  2. Three Act Math, a set of tasks by Stanford University math education professor Dan Meyer, Stidham’s students learned about quadratic relationships by making predictions about basketball. The students used multiple strategies to understand the meaning of graphs. “They were not just learning and problem solving; they were learning through problem solving,” she says.
  3. Iowa Teacher of the Year Jane Schmidt, from the Maquoketa Community School District, and other mentors in her region have been training teachers on the “gradual release of responsibility” framework, as it is presented in “Better Learning Through Structured Teaching,” by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.
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23 Useful Websites for Teaching and Learning English

23 Useful Websites for Teaching and Learning English | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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CCSS and the CSTP Leadership Framework

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This is the third installment of my reflections on the relationship between the Common Core State Standards and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession Teacher Leadership Framework. When I was at a National Board Teacher Conference last spring I was introduced to the framework.  I was looking at the framework at the same time …
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Will Common Core double the high school dropout rate?

Will Common Core double the high school dropout rate? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A big study says so. Is it right?


Valerie Strauss

Washington Post

September 4, 2014


"The nonprofit Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has supported the Common Core State Standards, published a report in 2013 with some startling information that was little noticed in the education world until recently: that the high school dropout rate could double as a result of the Core initiative.

Veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo pointed out on his blog recently that the Carnegie report titled “Opportunity by Design: New High School Models for Student Success,” includes data put together by McKinsey & Co. that shows how the Core — a collection of standards considered more rigorous than most states had before adopting them — would affect graduation and dropout rates."

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Common Core in the Content Areas: Balancing Content and Literacy - Review

Common Core in the Content Areas: Balancing Content and Literacy - Review | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The fact of the matter is that it is one thing to say that all teachers are literacy teachers, and it is quite another thing to provide all teachers with tools to actually teach, versus merely assign, literacy-related strategies and tasks.


Jessica Bennett's book Common Core in the Content Areas provides "a bunch of teaching and planning tools" to strengthen literacy in science, history and math.



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We all have to pitch in to make Common Core work

We all have to pitch in to make Common Core work | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The new school year brings one of the biggest transitions our state’s elementary and secondary education system has ever experienced. As students settle into new classrooms, our teachers are adjusting their instruction to help students meet expectations of the new Common Core state standards.
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Montana Ed Chief Praises Common Core Implementation

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Montana Education Chief Praises Common Core Implementation.

The Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle (9/15) reports on the classroom changes under the Common Core Standards in Montana, where schools “have been working to carry out the Common Core standards for the past three years.” The article takes note of the growing “backlash” against the standards across the country, but reports that Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau, “one of the Common Core’s biggest supporters, says the new standards are good for Montana students because they are ‘more rigorous’ than Montana’s old standards.”

If you were a third-grader at Emily Dickinson School in Bozeman, your teacher might ask you to plan a birthday party with a $100 spending limit, look up newspaper ads to find how much cakes and supplies cost, and then write a persuasive letter to explain why your party plan is the best.
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Ohio Governor John Kasich Voices Support for Common Core

Ohio Governor John Kasich Voices Support for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Ohio Governor John Kasich, up for re-election this fall, has voiced his support for keeping Common Core as he
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The Conservative Case for Common Core - William Bennett

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Bennett Defends Common Core Standards.

"In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal (9/11, Bennett, Subscription Publication), former Education Secretary William Bennett defends Common Core standards, noting that they were originally separate from the Federal government, but were hijacked by bureaucrats and politicians. Bennett defends that principles behind the standards and argues that they should be separated from the Federal government once again."

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How to Ensure College Readiness for Minorities: Resources

How to Ensure College Readiness for Minorities: Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it


National Programs Promote Minority Students’ College Readiness.

US News & World Report (9/8) reports on the challenges that many minority students face in college, citing ACT statistics showing reduced college readiness among black and Hispanic high school graduates. The article addresses things that can improve minority students’ college readiness, including increased academic rigor in basic math and English language courses, and explores the work that such groups as the National College Resources Foundation, Talent Development Secondary, and Upward Bound are doing to “meet their needs and aid them in their college admissions endeavors.” The article expands on the offerings of the federally funded Upward Bound, noting that according to deputy Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education James Minor, Upward Bound “participants must be ‘a potential first-generation college student, a low-income individual or an individual who has a high risk for academic failure.’”

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A 50-state look at how the Common Core is playing out in the U.S.

A 50-state look at how the Common Core is playing out in the U.S. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.
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New Texas math standards mean learning earlier

Some Texas children are finding their teachers are moving at a faster pace after a shift in math test standards has forced educators to cover more ground.
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Teaching elementary mathematics for nearly three decades has given me a pretty good idea why "There’s a lot right with Common Core"

Teaching elementary mathematics for nearly three decades has given me a pretty good idea why "There’s a lot right with Common Core" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New math curriculum will go more in-depth at younger ages, increasing understanding
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"As a math teacher for the past 28 years, I am often asked why students in the United States continue to lag behind students in Asia and Europe in math. Teaching elementary mathematics for nearly three decades has given me a pretty good idea why — lack of focus."

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Math tips for the Common Core

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Homework Helper


Students, and even their parents, can find the Common Core confusing. WGRZ's Homework Helper series aims to explain new methods in math class.

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"Common Core is a significant shift in the way that we have done math in the last 30 years," Kim Ursetta, teacher at the Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy, said.

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New Common Core math standards add up to big changes

New Common Core math standards add up to big changes | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Historically, teaching fractions in California classrooms, for example, was pretty straightforward, with instruction on finding common denominators and knowing how to flip the top and bottom to multiply rather than divide. Homework might include 20 equations, and a good grade was tied to correct answers. The lesson bore out the fact that students often intuitively understand math concepts, but not when they're presented as a set of steps or rules to follow.


Yet the new standards are confounding some homework-helping parents and raising concerns that the absence of traditional rote learning will lead to lower SAT scores and college rejection letters. "The Common Core standards are meant to show people what students should know and be able to do," said Peter Williamson, associate professor of teacher education at the University of San Francisco.

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Common Core Tests Could Be Better...if we didn't have to do so much testing

Common Core Tests Could Be Better...if we didn't have to do so much testing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

".although the two consortia building tests set to the Common Core will be releasing sample questions, most of the prompts will call for choices among multiple choice responses. 

There will be many fewer performance tasks calling for open-ended responses of the kind just described than they had promised when they began their work. 

I do not doubt that their tests will be much better than the vast majority of the tests that states have been using for accountability purposes, but they will still, in my opinion, fall well short of what they could and should have been had it not been for federal policy that requires far more testing than will be found in the any of the high performing countries.

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Common Core Lessons via National Endowment for the Humanities

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Edistement!, a division of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has released a series of Common Core Lesson plans for the 2014 school year. The resources are organized into categories of Lite...
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This year Common Core gets put to the test

This year Common Core gets put to the test | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This is the academic year when nearly every state must give assessments aligned to their "college- and career-ready" standards. But there are questions about how well those tests will measure mastery of the standards.
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"With next spring’s testing season already on the horizon, measurement experts worry that many states risk giving assessments that don’t fully reflect their academic standards. Allowing only months for a new or tweaked test­—or using an existing test for new standards—erodes the likelihood of good alignment, they warn."

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State-By-State Analysis of Common Core: 43.5 in, 6.5 are not

State-By-State Analysis of Common Core: 43.5 in, 6.5 are not | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"COMPARE AND CONTRAST: With all the flip-flopping, arguments and lawsuits, keeping track of Common Core implementation across the nation can be tough. (Where are the Animaniacs when you need them?!) Luckily, the Associated Press has put together a state-by-state synopsis of adoption and reactions, from Alabama to Wyoming. Check it out for more information on the 43 states that have adopted the standards--and the 7 that haven’t."

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Key Points on the adoption of College- and Career-Ready Standards:


  • 49 States have adopted college- and career-ready (CCR) standards since 2010.
  • Oklahoma is the only state currently without a set of CCR standards.
  • Indiana's new standards are very close to CCSS.
  • Alaska's standards are so similar to CCSS that students can take the Smarter Balanced Assessments.
  • Minnesota adopted the ELA standards, but not the Math Standards, because MN already had revised its' math standards and aligned them to international benchmarks.
  • Oklahoma must develop new standards and prove they are not simply a re-labeling of the CCSS.
  • VA, TX, and NB have adopted their own CCR standards.


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