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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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CCCRA Moving Toward College and Career Readiness for All Students | Alliance For Excellent Education Media

CCCRA Moving Toward College and Career Readiness for All Students | Alliance For Excellent Education Media | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  • Sunny Deye, Program Principal, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Michelle Exstrom, Program Principal, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Phillip Lovell, Vice President of Federal Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Elizabeth Schneider, Sr. Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Daniel Thatcher, Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures
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Testing Group Wrestles With 'College Readiness' Meaning

Testing Group Wrestles With 'College Readiness' Meaning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Unable to reach consensus, one of the common assessment consortia goes back to the drawing board to define "college readiness."...
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States Raise the Bar With Standards Implementation | Gene Wilhoit

States Raise the Bar With Standards Implementation | Gene Wilhoit | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Although not a silver bullet, the common-core standards reflect "the highest-quality academic standards our country has seen," writes Gene Wilhoit.
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The Beatles and The ELA Common Core

The Beatles and The ELA Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
     This weekend, I wandered through Central Park and passed through Strawberry Fields with a fellow English teacher and dear friend, Stacey.  I also received several emails…...
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Don't Use Khan Academy without Watching this First

Don't Use Khan Academy without Watching this First | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

No teacher or administrator should use or support the use of Khan Academy videos without watching the first episode of Mystery Teacher Theater 2000 or MTT2K.


Khan Academy teaches only one part of mathematics—procedures—and that isn't the most important part. Writing about mathematics, developing a disposition for mathematical thinking, demonstrating a conceptual understanding of mathematical topics are all more important than procedures. That said, procedures are still important, and Khan Academy provides one venue where students can learn them. In the end, I think every young person should have an account there. Even if only one in a thousand or ten thousand benefit, that would be a terrific outcome.

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Cutting to the Common Core | Language Magazine

Cutting to the Common Core | Language Magazine | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Mel Riddile, the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ associate director for High School Services, has a special perspective on the effect of the CCSS on ELLs thanks to his own experience of improving outcomes at a school with students from 88 countries who spoke 66 languages.


As Principal, Riddile increased the percentage of students taking the International Baccalaureate (IB) from to 15 to 48 percent, and the school’s ranking became comparable to some of the top private institutions.


He sees the similarity between the IB and the CCSS. The biggest change he predicts is that the standards will require a school-wide focus on literacy — every class will need to emphasize literacy and an on-going professional development program will be essential. “We teach using language and it is the teacher’s job to teach the language of their content area,” explains Riddile, while stressing that the key is consistency, “We must look at the CCSS as a long-term effort and keep working at it year-in, year-out.”

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Common Standards for Career Technical Education « NASDCTEc Blog

Common Standards for Career Technical Education « NASDCTEc Blog | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Career Technical Education (CTE) State Directors unveiled the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of high-quality CTE standards. The CCTC is a state-led initiative to ensure that CTE programs are consistent and high-quality across our nation.


Download: https://careertechorg.presencehost.net/file_download/d88705f7-46ce-4148-b144-1a3496928df5.pdf



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Rethinking the Learning Experience: Part II

Rethinking the Learning Experience: Part II | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The enthusiasm with which states and districts have taken to the Common Core is certainly heartening, but it still remains to be seen what implementation of the standards will look like within the classroom.
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The Connection between Ed Tech and Common Core Standards | Digital Learning Environments

The Connection between Ed Tech and Common Core Standards | Digital Learning Environments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Do Common Core and National Educational Technology Standards align? You bet! Let's examine some of the possibilities.

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Literacy Instruction and the Common Core | Center for Teaching Quality

Literacy Instruction and the Common Core | Center for Teaching Quality | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Implementing Common Core Standards teacher team created portfolios of unit plans, lesson plans, assessments, and student work documenting their use of Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) tools across the curriculum.


The teachers’ plans and materials will be available online soon. For now, here are their reflections on bringing Common Core-aligned lessons to life in their classrooms.

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Fractions Are Key To Math Success, New Study Shows - CBS Detroit

Fractions Are Key To Math Success, New Study Shows - CBS Detroit | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
What part of math success comes from knowing fractions? More than you might think, according to a new study that analyzed long-term data on more than 4,000 children from both the United States and the United Kingdom.
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Urban Districts Promote Pact on Common-Core Materials

Urban Districts Promote Pact on Common-Core Materials | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

To fully reflect the standards, for example, the publishers' criteria for grades 3-12 note that "80 to 90 percent of the Reading Standards in each grade require text-dependent analysis; accordingly, aligned curriculum materials should have a similar percentage of text-dependent questions."

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Writing: Quick Bursts of Writing Align With the Common Core State Standards

Writing: Quick Bursts of Writing Align With the Common Core State Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

How Quick Bursts of Writing Connect to the Common Core State Standards
 

• Writing is present in all the standards (If you’ve studied the standards, you know this well. Hooray! Writing should be part of everything we are doing and studying across the curriculum. Putting writing in its proper place at the head of the table right alongside reading will help us better meet Common Core expectations. Quick Bursts help us efficiently infuse writing into much more of what we do.)

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Teaching Complex Text: Why Look at Word Frequency? » TextProject

Teaching Complex Text: Why Look at Word Frequency? » TextProject | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Teachers typically have particular texts that they need to teach. What does it mean for a teacher to teach a text with a 700 Lexile?

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Common Core’s impact grows clearer with sample test items | GothamSchools

Common Core’s impact grows clearer with sample test items | GothamSchools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

City and state officials have promised that new curriculum standards, known as the Common Core, would de-emphasize rote learning in favor of critical thinking.

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Common Core: An Uncommon Opportunity for Low-Performing Students | WestEd

EMBEDDING LITERACY LEARNING IN ALL SUBJECTS

One of the most significant ways the Common Core State Standards are integrated, or cross-disciplinary, is the way they address literacy. Rather than viewing literacy as an isolated set of skills to be taught only in English language arts classes, the Common Core suggests that literacy is the responsibility of all teachers. The Common Core includes reading standards for literacy in history/social studies, for example, and writing standards for literacy in science.

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Mathematical Reasoning and Sense Making in Middle Grades

Mathematical Reasoning and Sense Making in Middle Grades | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

NCTM’s Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Focus Issue on Fostering Mathematical Reasoning, February 2012 is a direct connection to promoting inquiry, risk-taking, and metacognition where teachers and students alike make their thinking public that were discussed in past blogs. The articles in this focused issue gave examples of how to provide opportunities for mathematical reasoning for younger students so that their conceptual understandings can expand to the high school skill set and more importantly to bridge the concrete to the abstract.


From the article “The Value of Debts and Credits,” on page 335, five suggestions with examples for each are given for fostering mathematical reasoning and I quote, “Encourage students to:

  • give conceptual explanations.
  • provide efficient solutions.
  • make conjectures and prove them.
  • create different & sophisticated solutions.”
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RtI and the Common Core: Seizing the Golden Opportunity

RtI and the Common Core: Seizing the Golden Opportunity | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Joanne Allain & Nancy Eberhardt


"In our previous entry, we proposed that RtI and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiatives share a common goal: increased rigor for all students. The next step is to ensure that we seize the golden opportunity to use existing RtI structures and systems to facilitate the implementation of CCSS, the “new initiative on the block.”"


"Let’s take a look at a couple ways in which we can capitalize on the complementary aspects of these two initiatives."

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"Last week I saw the future and it might work." The Complicated Promise of the Common Core

"Last week I saw the future and it might work." The Complicated Promise of the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"To explain my joy when I read Oklahoma's Common Core Standards, I must recount the worst testing outrage that I experienced."

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The Key to Success of CCSS: Fidelity of Implementation | IRIS Center

The Key to Success of CCSS: Fidelity of Implementation | IRIS Center | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. This module discusses the importance of selecting evidence-based practices and programs.
  2. It also examines actions that school personnel can take to increase the likelihood that the practice or program is implemented as it was designed.
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