The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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.
If you know the Common Core Standards you know that “The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.” Common Core Learning Standards for ELA & Literacy, Key Design Considerations
Innovative educators know that when used in the right way, social networks and other online technologies are great tools to conduct such research and gain knowledge. Not only do they leverage resources students already know and love, but they can also encourage learning in a way that is less restrictive and more open and natural. For example, collaboration in an online group creates relationships “in which people from often widely divergent cultures and who represent diverse experiences and perspectives learn and work together” as called for in the Common Core Standards.
Welcome to Explaining Common Core to Californians – a collection of framing research, recommendations, and sample communications designed to help leading voices in California’s education sector increase public understanding of the kinds of instruction, assessment, and systemic supports needed to fulfill the potential of Common Core State Standards.
ReadWorks is a great non-profit service that offers hundreds of lesson plans and more than two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. Recently, ReadWorks added a new batch of science passageswith accompanying question sets to use in high school classrooms.
With the switch to Common Core and its increased emphasis on informational texts, many elementary-school teachers have found themselves having to seek out more non-fiction resources. Common Core Reading standards require that students use a variety of skills to analyze, discuss, and write...
Guest Post: Erin Dukeshire is a 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, as well as an alumna of both the America
As a ten-year veteran teacher in Massachusetts, I agree with Ms. Burris that we should avoid a federally mandated curriculum. But the Common Core is not that.
In fact, designing my own curricula to meet my individual students’ needs is an essential component of my teaching practice. In my experience, Common Core standards have incorporated a focus on skills and conceptual understanding for students without preventing teachers from making instructional and curricular decisions.
Austin Texas Experiments With New Style Of School Research.
Education Week (9/18, Sparks) reports the Austin, Texas school district is trying out an “improvement science” program that will change how the district supports and improves teachers while at the same time letting officials look at the larger picture of day-to-day issues. The new strategy lets officials implement a small change to one or two teachers for 90 days. At the end of the trial period, officials tweak the intervention, reform it , or implement the intervention on a system-wide basis. Advocates of the program say that it lets schools perfect a reform before they implement it and helps prevent bad reforms from taking hold in schools.
Mel Riddile's insight:
All successful change efforts start small with a willing group of people.
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.
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.”
16 Common Core Technology Tools For Speaking & Listening by Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters, Presenters at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference The Speaking and Listening strand of the Common...
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education at Stanford University, Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and Chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing discusses the benefits of college and career ready standards for improving conditions for both teacher and student learning. Darling-Hammond also speaks to the need for performance assessments that better measure student achievement and growth. -
Real fluency is an improvement on traditional math's plug-and-chug, mechanical approach.
"Common Core saves us from plug-and-chug. In fact, math is based on a collection of ideas that do make sense. The rules come from the ideas. Common Core asks students to learn math this way, with both computational fluency and understanding of the ideas."
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.
"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."
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.’”