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College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders
Supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready and to succeed in post-secondary education and training
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Studies Find Payoff in 'Personalizing' Algebra

Studies Find Payoff in 'Personalizing' Algebra | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
An ongoing series of studies shows students do better when word problems are tailored to their interests.

The studies, which were discussed at a recent meeting here at Carnegie Mellon University, highlight one way to boost learning in algebraic expression, a concept considered critical in the Common Core State Standards but which educators say is perennially challenging to students. The study found that personalized math problems not only made it easier for students to understand what was being asked, but also helped boost the confidence of students who may have been intimidated by the subject.
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Amy Keathley's curator insight, February 16, 2014 9:45 PM

Word problems can be so intimidating! I think tailoring them to student interests is definitely a good idea, but we need to be careful - I've heard from some of my classmates that, if done poorly, it's a little offensive.

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"n" Ways to Apply Algebra With The New York Times

"n" Ways to Apply Algebra With The New York Times | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Is algebra necessary? An Op-Ed essay argues it isn't. We list algebraic opportunities you can find in the pages of The Times, and invite you to join the conversation.

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Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Not long ago, a survey of teachers found large numbers sizing up the Common Core State Standards as pretty similar to what they're already teaching. The architect of the survey, William Schmidt of Michigan State University, saw in this a distressing sign that too many teachers don't grasp the depth of the change the standards represent, so they might well resist embracing it (or, he theorized, they simply hadn't read the standards).
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KaylaHeinlein's curator insight, October 25, 2015 10:39 AM

Great article about CCSS being implemented in the classroom.  Interesting to think about how big the gap is between what the students are expected to do, and what they can actually do. 

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Online Assessments Test the Limits of Public School Technology - NJ Spotlight

Online Assessments Test the Limits of Public School Technology - NJ Spotlight | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Half of NJ districts lack adequate computers, Internet capacity...

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Common Core Implementation Requires Building Educator Capacity

Common Core Implementation Requires Building Educator Capacity | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

At Education Nation, there was "widespread acknowledgement that Common Core implementation will require significant time and attention to building educator capacity."

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Core Course Work Predicts College and Career Readiness

Core Course Work Predicts College and Career Readiness | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A core curriculum is defined as:

  • four or more years of English
  • at least three or more years of math, science, and social science or history.


Forty-nine percent of those who completed a core curriculum achieved the SAT (College and Career Readiness) Benchmark, compared to only 30 percent of those who did not – nearly a 20-point improvement.

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SAT scores increase as students’ household income increases

SAT scores increase as students’ household income increases | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing.” - College Board President Gaston Caperton



SAT reading scores hit a four-decade low


As the number of students taking the SAT increases, scores slipped nationally.


Poverty and Achievement


There is a significant correlation between family income and test scores on the SAT, with average scores increasing with every $20,000 in additional family income.

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Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations with Technology

Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations with Technology | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Digitally Speaking is a Read & Watch book.  This is a new concept from Stenhouse Publishers: the online “book” contains text, embedded tutorials showing how to use the sites and too...
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Standards Need Parent Support

Standards Need Parent Support | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A number of national school organizations are trying to introduce parents to the common-core standards through written materials, videos, public service announcements, and in-person presentations.
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Grammar: Revived Support

Grammar: Revived Support | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog.


With American schools focused on raising reading and math scores to meet accountability requirements, writing often takes a backseat.


With 45 states adopting Common Core standards that include writing and specifically grammar, some educators are examining new ways to bring grammar back into the classroom.


 We know that [explicit grammar instruction] is a critical component in education said Roberta Stathis, executive director of The Teacher Writing Center, which runs the Grammar Gallery, an online resource for writing and reading instruction.

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Transfer for Learning: 8 Instructional Keys

Transfer for Learning: 8 Instructional Keys | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

from Education for Life and Work...


To design instruction for transfer:

  1. Begin with clearly-defined learning goals and a model of how learning is expected to develop.
  2. Use assessments to measure and support progress toward goals.
  3. Provide multiple, varied representations of concepts and tasks.
  4. Encourage questioning and discussion.
  5. Engage learners in challenging tasks, with support and guidance.
  6. Teach with carefully selected sets of examples and cases.
  7. Prime student motivation.
  8. Use formative assessment to provide feedback.
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Education for Life and Work

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Education for Life and Work...


Business and political leaders are increasingly asking schools to integrate development of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration into the teaching and learning of academic subjects. Collectively these skills are often referred to as "21st century skills" or "deeper learning."


Education for Life and Work: Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century, a new report from the National Research Council, more clearly defines these terms and lays the groundwork for policy and further research in the field. The new report:

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Teaching Listening Skills: 5 ways to listen better | TED.com

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better


TED Talks In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world...

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Retired math teacher returns to students at request of school board

Retired math teacher returns to students at request of school board | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
When it comes to teaching, Benita Albert is a rock star. She has even returned for an encore. Last spring, after 44 years of teaching mathematics at Oak Ridge High School, Albert decided to retire.
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CCSSO Releases Guide for English-Language Proficiency and Common Core

CCSSO Releases Guide for English-Language Proficiency and Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Council of Chief State School Officers this week released a new set of guidelines that are designed to help states revise, revamp, or rewrite their English-language proficiency standards so that they align with the common core standards in English/language arts and mathematics, as well as the new content standards that are still under development for science.
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Common Core Standards Are a 'Heavy Lift' for Districts, Schools - US News and World Report

Common Core Standards Are a 'Heavy Lift' for Districts, Schools - US News and World Report | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

U.S. News and World Report


The new standards will change high school requirements, but turn out stronger graduates, advocates say.


Find the "Bright Spots"


"We're finding ways to use the current resources we have and tap into the knowledge of the amazing teaching and leadership staff."--John Deasy, Superintendent LAUSD

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Target Practice on the Common Core Range

Target Practice on the Common Core Range | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Instructional design is aimed at “intentional” learning as opposed to “incidental” learning. This implies that target goals and desired learning outcomes guide the design and selection of learning activities. Meaningful learning outcomes are a starting and ending point…because it is against accomplishment of the objectives that the effectiveness of the design is measured. (Gagne, R. M., Wager, W.W., Golas, K.C., Keller, J. M., 2005).


I am convinced that the Common Core Standards can ladder up student achievement and school success in the most struggling of districts


The Instructional Goals are the focus of lesson design.


...are not so different from the design of two approaches I have used in the past:

  1. Backward by Design
  2. SAC (Standards Aligned Classroom), an Illinois initiative


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New goals in math tests outlined for Virginia students

New goals in math tests outlined for Virginia students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia I. Wright will present to the State Board of Education the restructured math objectives she is calling "aggressive," as Virginia attempts to close the achievement gap between high and low performing schools and students.


Virginia officials proposed the changes after criticism that expectations were too low in the wake of expected poor results on new, more difficult math tests. On those tests, overall pass rates fell from 87% in the 2010-2011 school year to 68% last year.

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Common Core & School Wide Literacy Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role

Common Core & School Wide Literacy Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

Education Week


Already equipped with inquiry-based skills, librarians are helping teachers acquire the instructional methods they need to adopt.


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Literacy is the "common ground of the common core" (Janet Allen) and the expectation is that literacy is now a shared responsibility among all teachers. That means that close reading, writing, listening, speaking, and collaborating should be a normal part of instruction in every classroom every day.


The minute we gave our teachers the results of our school wide diagnostic assessment and taught them how to determine the text complexity of their course materials and the expected comprehension level of the students, they made a beeline for the library. Instead of being a nicety, our librarian instantly became a necessity to quality instruction in every classroom.


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Game Planning for Common Core

Game Planning for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Learning Forward


  1. Common Core standards are game changers.
     
  2. Implementation of Common Core standards is not a light-switch change.
     
  3. Any new set of behaviors requires new information, skill development, authentic opportunities to practice with constructive feedback and support and healthy doses of persistence and patience.
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What is Close Reading?

What is Close Reading? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX


Doug Fisher defines close reading.


"Close reading is an instructional approach that requires readers to re-read a text several times and really develop a deep understanding of the content contained in the text. The purpose is to build the habits of readers as they engage with the complex texts and to build their stamina and skills for being able to do so independently. However, close reading doesn’t mean that you simply distribute a complex reading and then exhort them to read it again and again until they understand it. As part of a close reading, students "read with a pencil" and learn to annotate as they go. In addition, they are asked text-dependent questions that require that they produce evidence from the text as part of their responses."



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Deeper Learning

Deeper Learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. Deeper learning is the process of learning for transfer. It enables an individual to take what was learned in one situation and apply it to new situations.
  2. The product of deeper learning is transferable knowledge, including content knowledge in a subject area and procedural knowledge of how, why, and when to apply this knowledge to answer questions and solve problems in the subject area.
  3. We refer to this transferable knowledge as “21st century competencies” to reflect that both skills and knowledge are included.
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Education Nation: Common core | wcsh6.com

Education Nation: Common core | wcsh6.com | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

At NBC's Education Nation summit a big focus is on new standards in math and reading known as the "Common Core".

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