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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready
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Students as Researchers: The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students

Students as Researchers: The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students is the third ebook I am publishing here exclusively for Educational Technology and Mobile Learning readers.


"As educators Google is the backbone of our online activities. Think of how many times you use it to perform a search whenever you are looking for something. Besides using it for search queries , it is also used as a dictionary, unit and currency converter,

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Science: Next Generation Standards

Science: Next Generation Standards | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce:

  • Through a collaborative, state-led process, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.
  • The NGSS will be based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.
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Defining “Deep Reading” and “Text-Dependent Questions”

Defining “Deep Reading” and “Text-Dependent Questions” | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Christina Hank


Deep reading forces students to dig further into the text by asking them to re-read, re-visit, and search for the hidden intricacies of the text.

Deep reading, text-dependent questions, and teaching them to uncover the mysteries of texts leads our students to become more critical readers.

  • Because they are doing the work of analyzing the text, the expectations of the common core are that students will become more critical consumers of texts in their college and careers—areas of their lives when they will not have teachers around to impart the secrets of texts to them before they read.

This kind of reading also relates to the writing expectations of the common core standards that require students to deeply analyze texts, to identify the author’s explicit argument and claims to support it.

  • If students are being asked to “read like detectives,” they are being asked to “write like investigative reporters,” which means building their own arguments in response to texts (NYSED video).
If I were to teach my lesson again...
  • I would start with reading and get rid of all the frontloading.
  • I would present them with the whole Thanksgiving turkey and have them dig in on their own.
  • I would then guide their learning by pre-planning questions that make them dig deeper and deeper into the levels of meaning: 
  1. How does the use of the phrase “kinks in his soul” define the view the Yooks have of the Zooks? 
  2. What causes VanItch to “look quite sickly”? 
  3. What is Dr. Seuss saying through the growing intensity of the weapons? 
  4. Why does Dr. Seuss end the book with the “Big-Boy Boomeroo” standoff?
Gradual Release
The common core standards ask us to change the kinds of questions we ask and to require our students to do more work on their own. They ask us to let our students unravel the mysteries of reading.
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Writing and Robo-Readers: Can They Work

Writing and Robo-Readers: Can They Work | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Stephanie Simon

(Reuters) - American high school students are terrible writers, and one education reform group thinks it has an answer: robots.


Human Graders are Inconsistent

  • The human graders he's trying to match are inconsistent.
  • They disagree with one another on the merits of a given essay.
  • They award scores that seem random.
  • Indeed, studies have shown that human readers are influenced by factors that should be irrelevant, such as how neatly a student writes.


"The reality is, humans are not very good at doing this," said Steve Graham, a Vanderbilt University professor who has researched essay grading techniques. "It's inevitable," he said, that robo-graders will soon take over.


O'Leary won't mind when that day comes. He tests his program against student prose that has already been graded by a teacher. When the scores diverge, O'Leary reads the essay to find out why.

"More often than not," he said, "I agree with the computer."

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Lightning Bug - Write a story from beginning to end

Lightning Bug - Write a story from beginning to end | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Lightning Bug is THE writing companion for young authors. Helping you to write a story from beginning to THE END.
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The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

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ISTEP (IN) test to soon be replaced

ISTEP (IN) test to soon be replaced | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The new test will become the norm for state standardized testing starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
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Door Opens Wide for Algebra I

Door Opens Wide for Algebra I | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Passion and Strength Inspire Teacher in Struggling Rural W.Va. Community

In partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, one of the lowest-performing rural school districts in West Virginia aims to improve results and emulate the success of the Harlem Children's Zone Initiative in New York City.

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CCSS Implementation Workbook for State and District Leaders

CCSS Implementation Workbook for State and District Leaders | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Writing In Mathematics via Math Gal

Writing In Mathematics via Math Gal | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

How will the Common Core Standards change writing in mathematics? Here are a few ways you can incorporate writing into daily math activities!






I require my students to:

  • use models
  • calculations
  • pictures
  • equations

to explain how they got to their solution to a problem.


Now, under the Common Core State Standards, I need to change my requirements to:

  • promote lengthier
  • written explanations

Under the new standards, the math world will collide with the language arts world successfully.


We can meet this challenge of the “new standards” and embrace the change it will bring to the math classroom.


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Less Literature? Hunger Games Curriculum - Students use evidence to infer..Educurious

Less Literature? Hunger Games Curriculum - Students use evidence to infer..Educurious | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Download te Hunger Games curriculum, which is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.


Who says there will be less literature?

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Unwrapping Common Core State Standards and Unit Planning (Deer Creek Public Schools)

Unwrapping Common Core State Standards and Unit Planning (Deer Creek Public Schools) | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

If we start in kindergarten asking students to explain their thinking in math, how will that change what we’re doing in math class?

CCSS will force students to justify their reasoning, to do public speaking, practice oral communication skills
- justifying thinking is a key element

Marzano challenges us to move from the information age to the interaction age
- if CCSS will make a difference for us in Deer Creek

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Writing: Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines

Writing: Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By SHANNON DOYNE and HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO


What can a single sentence accomplish? How do writers achieve different effects in sentences?


In this lesson, students share favorite sentences, look closely at what makes them great, paraphrase them, then evaluate the results. They also work with sentences that are “mini-narratives” and write some of their own, before writing full-fledged short stories based on other students’ sentences.

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Providing Student Support with the Common Core & Text Complexity

Providing Student Support with the Common Core & Text Complexity | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Barbara Blackburn


The new Common Core State Standards require that students read more complex texts. What are ways teachers can provide support for new levels of rigor?


One of the areas of emphasis in the new Common Core State Standards is to move students to higher levels of text materials.

  • The Common Core State Standards require that we move students to higher levels of text.
  • Providing extra help and scaffolding becomes a critical aspect of helping students succeed.

There are three simple ways you can scaffold learning for your students.

  1. Modeling
  2. Layering Meaning
  3. Making Connections
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Our Mathematical Challenge | Essential Educator

Our Mathematical Challenge | Essential Educator | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Recipes4Success

Recipes4Success | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Graphic Organizers

  1. Choose the type of graphic organizer you want to create.
  2. Type a name for the graphic organizer in the Title field.
  3. Enter instructions for your students in the Instructions field.
  4. If you need a place to start, click the Add default instructions hyperlink.
  5. When you are finished, click the Export button to save or print your graphic organizer.

Types of Graphic Organizers:

  • Two-Circle Venn
  • Three-Circle Venn
  • Scale
  • Timeline
  • Thought Web
  • Cluster
  • Fact vs. Opinion
  • Five W's
  • Pros-Cons
  • Flowchart
  • KWHL
  • KWL
  • Idea Funnel
  • Cycle

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Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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Math: learning with the iPad

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Courage, instruction, and being open to the changes the Common Core demands

Courage, instruction, and being open to the changes the Common Core demands | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Resistance among teachers to changing their instruction poses a serious challenge to Common Core implementation.
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Math Matters, Even for Little Kids

Math Matters, Even for Little Kids | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Early math skills are an equal predictor to literacy skills of school success, argue Deborah Stipek, Alan Schoenfeld, and Deanna Gomby.


Everyone knows that children who are not reading at grade level by 3rd grade are fated to struggle academically throughout school. Concerns about early literacy skills are justified because reading skills at kindergarten entry predict later academic achievement.


"early math concepts, such as knowledge of numbers and ordinality, were the most powerful predictors of later learning."


We have a long way to go. Vanderbilt University education professor Dale Farran reports in her recent study of preschool classrooms that math was intentionally taught by teachers only 2.5 percent of the day.


Increasing the amount of time children spend engaged in instruction involving math conversation from 2 percent to only 4 percent led to significant math gains. Young children will take advantage of the opportunities we give them to develop their understanding of math.


The time is right for increasing our attention to early math. The K-12 common-core standards offer a clear and nearly universal target for the math skills U.S. children will need to master in the beginning elementary grades.


We need pre-K standards that are aligned with the common core, and having 50 states do that work independently is inefficient.


Teacher Training In Math Needed


Teacher training is needed to help early-childhood educators understand that learning is not a zero-sum game: Meaningful math activities in the context of play can foster crucial aspects of children's development.


Few early-childhood educators are prepared to teach math. For young children to have access to meaningful opportunities to learn math, new requirements for preschool teachers will need to be developed. Requirements should include opportunities to learn what is known about young children's development related to mathematics, as well as strategies for assessing children's understanding and teaching math to young children.


Increasing preservice requirements related to teaching math to young children will necessitate expanded offerings in institutions that provide preservice training. States should review the curriculum and training opportunities offered by two- and four-year colleges to ensure that students learn to teach mathematics effectively to young children. To support current preschool teachers, early-childhood programs should build internal capacity, such as by hiring coaches with expertise in teaching math to young children, or investing in the development of expertise in a teacher who can serve as a mentor to other teachers.
Mathematics has been neglected in educational settings for young children, but change is possible. The shift in recent years to focus on the importance of early literacy has successfully increased investment in reading and bolstered capacity among teachers and teaching institutions. That change began with research findings that demonstrated the importance of early reading and the strategies that can be implemented in homes and at schools to help children develop their reading skills. We need analogous concerted efforts to bring the importance of early math learning to the attention of policymakers, educators, and the public.

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History and Geography to Get the Common Core Treatment | Education News

History and Geography to Get the Common Core Treatment | Education News | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core has announced that it will be developing curriculum maps for history and geography.
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ECS: Common Core Central | Emerging strategies and issue in implementing the Common Core

Core Commons is designed by the Education Commission of the States (ECS) to serve as a resource to states, policymakers and the public on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. ECS tracks state progress on the development and implementation of common core strategies and policies. In addition, ECS explores the critical issues states encounter as they move to full implementation.


Please submit highlights from your state and we will include them on our site.

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Alaska District Decides To Implement Common Core Standards

Alaska District Decides To Implement Common Core Standards | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

KTVA CBS 11 | Anchorage, Alaska


Last week the school board voted to implement the Common Core State Standards which are the most rigorous in the nation.


ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District (ASD) is raising the academic bar for students.

Last week the school board voted to implement the Common Core State Standards which are the most rigorous in the nation.

Alaska is one of only five states that does not use the Common Core, but the board decided it wanted Anchorage students to be able to compete at the national level.

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West Virginia to fully implement CCSS by 2014

West Virginia to fully implement CCSS by 2014 | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

All districts in West Virginia must adjust their English and math curricula by 2014. While all transitions must be in line with the CCSS, Cordeiro said individual counties can decide how they will implement the changes.

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