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Check for Understanding

Check for Understanding | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Under the Common Core State Standards teacher will address fewer standards in more depth. In addition, students must use high-order thinking, argumentative writing, and application to real-world situations. Frequent checks for understanding must become a normal part of instruction in every classroom every day.-Mel Riddile


"As teachers we create conditions for our students to learn. As we plan it is critical to create opportunities that keep students engaged in the learning process.


The outcome of this process is to determine if students have reached our learning targets. In order to know if students have learned the concept(s) taught, formative assessment data should be collected to check for our students’ understanding. These can be short preplanned activities that serve as a closure to a specific lesson.

The data collected will help develop the your next steps."


  • Where are my students headed?
  • Where are they right now?
  • How can I close the gap between where they are and where I want them to be?
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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series) | Edutopia

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By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its tech-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests.

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Nevada: How your children will benefit from Common Core State Standards | TahoeBonanza.com

Nevada: How your children will benefit from Common Core State Standards | TahoeBonanza.com | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— This school year (2011-12), the state of Nevada and Washoe County School District have begun a shift toward Common Cor (read more)...
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8th grade math standards broken down by cognitive domain

8th grade math standards broken down by cognitive domain | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
8th grade math standards broken down by cognitive domain.
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CA State Schools Chief Presents Plan for Core Standards | 03-20-2012

CA State Schools Chief Presents Plan for Core Standards | 03-20-2012 | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

TUESDAY, MAR. 20, 2012
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Tuesday that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Systems Implementation Plan for California was presented to executive and legislative branches of state government.


“This work will take our state’s already world-class standards to a new level, emphasizing a deep understanding of English-language arts and mathematics to ensure our students complete high school, ready to thrive in college and careers.”


Although California’s 1997 academic content standards and the CCSS for English-language arts and mathematics are equal in their level of rigor and call for high expectation for all students, the Common Core standards provide for additional skills and knowledge necessary in a global economy and technology-rich workplace.

  • For example, under the CCSS students will learn to work collaboratively and use digital media to express and present evidence-based fiction and non-fiction literary analysis. 
  • The CCSS also focus on extending mathematical thinking to real-world challenges so that students develop a depth of understanding and an ability to solve everyday problems through the power of mathematics.
To view the CCSS Systems Implementation Plan for California and additional CCSS resources, visit the California Department of Education Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cc
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“English Teachers Attacking the Common Core Standards” Informational Texts – Part Three

“English Teachers Attacking the Common Core Standards” Informational Texts – Part Three | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Using textual evidence to support inferences within a Non-Fiction Text


In Parts One and Two of this series, we talked about using biographies and historical context to dig into the depths of the Informational Text standards—while avoiding abandoning fictional texts.


This article will begin to break down the Informational Texts Standards into practical and accessible “chunks,” giving tips on approaching the standard using Informational Texts.



First, let’s look at the first Informational Text standard for grades 6-12:
• RI.6.1. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• RI.7.1. Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• RI.8.1. Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• RL.9-10.1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• RI.11-12.1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

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Does it Really Say That? Volume of reading is still important | Burkins & Yaris

The volume of Reading Is Still Important


The Common Core explicitly and implicitly address the issue of reading volume.

  1. On page 3 of Appendix A, they attribute “the deterioration of overall reading ability” to “the problem of the lack of reading.”
  2. They go on to say that “To grow, our students must read lots, and more specifically they must read lots of ‘complex’ texts—texts that offer new language, new knowledge, and new modes of thought.”
  3. So while they do make the argument for complex text, they also make the argument for reading volume.


Theory to Practice: Lost in the Translation


Somewhere between conception and implementation, most grand ideas grow muddled with translation. In this instance and instances like these, it is important to return to the Common Core document and ask:


Is this understanding a reflection of where the standards demonstrate shortsightedness? Or is this a reflection of what we “think” we’ve read and understood about the Common Core? Our laments must become the “guiding concern” that leads to our own close, careful reading of the Common Core document.

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Volume is important...though as I am often reminded, the "core" of reading is interest. The motivation to read "more" has to start with personal interest.
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Common Core: Six Fundamental Shifts in ELA Curriculum Design « Critical Thinking « Critical Thinking Works

Common Core: Six Fundamental Shifts in ELA Curriculum Design « Critical Thinking « Critical Thinking Works | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Within these Common Core standards are six fundamental shifts that all educators (not just English teachers!) need to understand.
  1. Balance Literacy and Informational Text
  2. Build Background Knowledge
  3. Provide a "Staircase of Complexity"
  4. Provide text-based evidence
  5. Argumentative Writing
  6. Use increasingly complex text
  7. Build Academic Vocabulary
  8. Conventions of Standard English
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Tackling the Common Core Together: Teachers working with administrators to enhance collaboration within their buildings

Tackling the Common Core Together: Teachers working with administrators to enhance collaboration within their buildings | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teacher-to-teacher conversations are valuable, but they're not enough.


All stakeholders must communicate with each other if we hope to successfully transform our schools into the system our students need.


Here are a few conversations I'd like to see and take part in:

  • Teachers working with administrators to enhance collaboration within their buildings.
  • Curriculum specialists and teachers discussing how to create tools without mandating scripts. (One interesting resource that's being used by the Implementing Common Core Standards team is MyGroupGenius. Here teachers can upload lessons, post tips, and discuss the Common Core math and literacy standards.)
  • Researchers and teachers working together to create Common Core assessments, drawing upon qualitative and quantitative data on effective measures of student learning.
  • Policy makers joining local leaders in touring classrooms, observing instruction, and learning from students.
  • Entire communities discussing how we can support college and career readiness among our children.
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Preparedness For Common Standards: A Work in Progress- Is three years enough?

Preparedness For Common Standards: A Work in Progress- Is three years enough? | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Three years from now is when the assessments designed for the standards are supposed to be fully operational.


We've written before about the educator corps' own journey toward readiness. It's a seriously big job to reach millions of teachers and principals nationwide with the key messages of the standards, let alone to reach deeply enough to change long-held practice.


  • most teachers know about the standards, but few feel fully prepared to teach them.
  • teachers in California don't exactly feel prepared to manage the bridging required to allow English learners to access the standards.
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Teams, Social Media, & The Common Core Writing Standards

Teams, Social Media, & The Common Core Writing Standards | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The literacy standards of the Common Core apply across the curriculum. Simply put, students should be reading, writing, speaking and listening, and improving their vocabulary in all subject areas.


Teams should collaborate to systematically address the CC literacy standards in ways that build on students’ interests, best learning method, and their current skill levels. Using the phenomenon of social media is one approach teams might consider.


The following ideas come from a webinar presented by Barbara Greenstone, a Maine statewide technology integrator for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). The entire webinar is archived and can be listened to (free) in its entirety at

http://maine121.org/webcasts-2/archives/

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Informational Texts and the Common Core via Learning to Muse

Informational Texts and the Common Core via Learning to Muse | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

As you may have read in previous Learning to Muse posts, I enjoy non-fiction texts, both the reading and writing of such texts. Reading other blogs, online community boards, and articles, I continue to find a mix of emotions about the teaching of informational texts as required in the Common Core State Standards.


Some people are freaking out because they feel it’s a new mandate that will keep them away from the literature they love; others are making learning what’s best for students and are working with the mandates rather than being used by them.


A love of literature is not lacking in our home, that’s for sure. In fact, I concur with a quote read in the March 17, 2012 online issue of The New York Times.


“Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings.”


Don't give up on literature!


Does this mean we give up non-fiction completely because literature makes us better people? Not necessarily. Though I agree with the opinion that literature makes us better people, I believe a balance of non-fiction and literature is what’s best for our students. You can read more about a few of my suggestions for pairing texts here.


Pairing Fiction and Non-Fiction Texts


Long before the Common Core I was teaching informational texts, and usually that involved pairing not only non-print text with literature but also informational texts with literature. We paired poems by Joy Harjo, Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder and haiku by Issa (translated by Robert Hass) with current event articles about the earth found in the local newspaper or various magazines.


One time we even explored Earth Day editions of magazine covers to learn more about audience, purpose, argument, and information. We looked at covers of TIME, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Elle, Outside, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, Business Week, Sports Illustrated , and Backpacker.

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Changes coming to schools: Math

Johnston County, NC


Math Changes


Starting next school year, a change will begin, and classes will eventually no longer be called algebra I, algebra II and geometry.

  • Instead, students will take “common core math” I, II and III.
  • “We really want to go out to the public and let them know it’s a much different math than we’ve seen before.”
  • The content of the classes will be different. For example, math I could include some geometry skills. And the classes will feature more critical-thinking and word-based math problems, according to school leaders.


Common Core "Plus" Classes


Common core “plus” classes will be available for more advanced students. And some students can take math I as eighth-graders.


Many classes for all grades will include:

  • more real-life applications
  • less information recall
  • more critical thinking
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Think-Pair-Share Variations

Think-Pair-Share Variations | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards call for both increased student engagement and the teaching of collaborative skills.


Learning is a collaborative venture. The more we can provide opportunities for our students to think, collaborate and learn from each other – the more we are preparing them for their futures!...

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Denise McCurry's curator insight, June 17, 2013 4:18 AM

Strategies to share in vote aching environment includes technology!

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Common Core State Standards: Explained by The Hunt Institute

Common Core State Standards: Explained by The Hunt Institute | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Teachers Support Common Core and Other Reform Policies | Rodel Foundation of Delaware

Teachers Support Common Core and Other Reform Policies | Rodel Foundation of Delaware | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Dear Common Core: Science Supports Reading Fiction

Dear Common Core: Science Supports Reading Fiction | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
English teachers are seduced by literature. We fell in love with an author’s language, a fascinating plot turn, or a well-developed character, and we are bold in our love. While students ma...
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Observation Inference and Prediction ELA Activities - Secondary Solutions - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Observation Inference and Prediction ELA Activities - Secondary Solutions - TeachersPayTeachers.com | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This FREE download includes a one-page lesson on observation and inference, a page of 5 pictures for an activity on observation, inference, and predic...
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Frequently Asked Questions About The Common Core State Standards

Frequently Asked Questions About The Common Core State Standards | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Short videos address key Common Core questions.

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The Core Standards That Matter Most in My Classroom

The Core Standards That Matter Most in My Classroom | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Elementary school teacher Anthony Colucci is hopeful about the common standards, but says they're not as important as the standards he holds himself to in the classroom.


"You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler."-Denis Waitley


I think the common core holds promise—if implemented thoughtfully, with teachers' leadership.


No set of standards is as important for my students as what I expect of myself in the classroom.


Here are the standards to which I hold myself:

• My class will be engaging.

• I will stress the importance of hard work.

• I will teach my students what it means to be responsible citizens.

• I will encourage my students to find careers they'll love.

• I will treat my students with respect.

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As officials stress urgency, teachers raise standards concerns | GothamSchools

As officials stress urgency, teachers raise standards concerns | GothamSchools | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Pictured are Deputy chancellor of the New York City schools Shael Polakow-Suransky (left) and State Education Commissioner John King discussed the Common Core at a teaching forum.




As three of the New York region's education policy heavyweights said last week that they were rolling out new curriculum standards with incredible urgency, educators asked them to slow things down.


Timing

  • Educators said the Core’s introduction this year had become a point of anxiety as teachers are juggling multiple sets of expectations.
  • The new standards were increasing pressure on them to revise their teaching methods
  • At the same time, they are gearing up for performance evaluations tied to their students’ test scores for the first time.
  • Math Teacher...struggled to decide how to adjust to the new standards when the state is years from tying high school Regents exam scores to the Common Core.


Assessments

  • NY is scheduled to roll out Common Core-aligned tests in grades 3 through 8 next year.
  • Regents exams are supposed to start reflecting the Common Core’s focus on real-world situations, problem-solving, and informational texts in the 2013-2014 school year.
  • “How do we not pilot this system for two or three years before we put in place? We can’t do it all at once. We have to pilot it, and then really make it successful.”


Resources

  • Other teachers who attended the panel said they still had little sense of how the standards would affect instruction in science and social studies classes or where to find materials to help them incorporate the standards into their classrooms. 
  • “We at the department need to develop more materials,” King said.
  • Until the state develops more assessment and instructional materials, Polakow-Suransky said the city is discouraging educators from buying books and lessons that claim to be Common Core-aligned.
  • Thanks to the emphasis on analytical essay-writing and non-fiction reading, he said, ”We’re seeing kids writing much more, and being asked to defend their ideas.”
  • This year, teachers were asked to align just one unit per class to the new standards, which city and state officials said would privilege critical thinking over rote learning. He said some of those changes are already visible.
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Teacher Leaders Promote Ownership: Leaders Grow Leaders

Teacher Leaders Promote Ownership: Leaders Grow Leaders | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The best resource to shift education paradigms and build investment is already in schools: the teacher leader.


Teacher leaders are those who are interested in education beyond their classroom walls and work to improve educational institutions.


And they are the best leverage point that districts have to build teacher ownership of the Common Core.

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Connecting Social Studies Lessons to Common Core

Connecting Social Studies Lessons to Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

My Social Studies department is meeting this week to discuss activities and lessons that align with the Common Core Standards for History/Social Studies. I became very excited last Friday afternoon when I found that the Common Core also included standards for reading and writing across the curriculum.


This is the writing standard that I am going to address with this activity:


CCR 3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

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Text Complexity: A Complex Issue

Text Complexity: A Complex Issue | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Text complexity is truly a muti-faceted issue as educators work to prepare students for college and career readiness. By understanding the components of text complexity and working with your PLT to select appropriate texts, your team will be on its way to helping students comprehend and analyze complex texts.

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As an English teacher and reading specialist, I have always believed that reading is the essence, the core, of all learning, in all grades, in all disciplines. This issue of Educational Leadership features numerous articles discussing aspects of reading research and practice for 21st Century teachers and learners. As I pondered the ideas presented by literacy experts such as Tim Shanahan, Nancy Fry, and Richard Allington, one major question came to mind:


"How can Professional Learning Teams, busy with the day-to-day schedule of planning, teaching, grading, and team meetings, effectively merge the Common Core’s emphasis on text complexity with skill instruction that equips students to comprehend and analyze these complex texts?"


Utilize the lexile analyzer to compute the complexity of a text. Common Core refers to text complexity grade bands and corresponding lexile ranges for each grade band.

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7 Recommended Common Core Web Sites

7 Recommended Common Core Web Sites | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it






NASSP: Common Core Resources for School Leaders

http://www.nassp.org/knowledge-center/topics-of-interest/common-core-state-standards


This site includes links to articles, webinars, twitter feeds, and two continuously updated newsletters relating to implementation of the Common Core State Standards.


State Standards Initiative

www.corestandards.org

This site, from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, has the latest news on implementation as well as comprehensive details about the standards and their development.


Program Alignment

tinyurl.com/6pb2rgy

This Scholastic site lists programs that align with the new standards and has a range of professional development courses for teachers and administrators.


Common Core PD

tinyurl.com/7yngc6n

The School Improvement Network's Common Core 360 PD program includes videos, grade-by-grade examples of implementation and usage, and case studies of two districts implementing the standards.


In-Depth Help

www.parcconline.org

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has a number of resources, including the Common Core Implementation Workbook and individual administrators' experiences with implementation, such as how to explain to parents why homework may shrink.


Curriculum Expertise

tinyurl.com/67h5x2q

ASCD, the supervision and curriculum group, is an endorsing partner of the Common Core initiative, so it figures this website is an A-to-Z compendium of information, statistics, and opinions on the new curricula.


Digital Resources

tinyurl.com/7qruatn

This Academic Benchmarks website provides adoption maps, digital resources, and the latest news on Common Core developments.

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