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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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What is the biggest educational change promoted by the Common Core? Tim Shanahan

What is the biggest educational change promoted by the Common Core? Tim Shanahan | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"The standard tells you the outcome that must be accomplished, but not everything that a student may need to learn to reach the goal is specified. That's where the teacher comes in… what do we need to teach to accomplish these standards? That is up to us."

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The significant need for developing one of the Common Core’s pillars — students’ abilities to think critically

The significant need for developing one of the Common Core’s pillars — students’ abilities to think critically | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Critical thinking is important to high school graduates, to college graduates and to entry-level employees. Those lacking critical thinking skills at either the diploma or degree level can find themselves vulnerable career wise and in navigating the complexities of everyday life.

Parents are concerned about the rapid implementation of Common Core Standards and how growth patterns in critical thinking skills are going to be measured. However, educators behind the movement are willing to experiment with new technologies and teaching modalities successfully employed globally and understand there will be “bumps in the road.”

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“I thought I was a really good math teacher. But now…I feel like I’m really teaching."

"Mastery is key, as well. Sanders said the old state standards required her to cover so much material that she would have to move on to the next item, regardless of whether some students did not fully understand a concept.

Now she regularly checks to see how well kids are doing instead of waiting for tests at the end of a unit, which would grade them but not give much opportunity to shore up weak spots before moving on.

“I don’t think that we expected that all of them could do it,” Sanders said. Now, I’m not moving on until they all master it in some way or they show some growth.”


Mel Riddile's insight:

Shift from Coverage to Mastery

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Get Your Students Talking Mathematically

Get Your Students Talking Mathematically | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
So we all know it's importance. We all understand that students learn more when they do it. The problem is how to facilitate it. "It" is getting students to talk mathematically. As a teacher, you c...
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Math Performance Tasks

Math Performance Tasks | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As a division we have been working towards a more authentic style of assessment in our classrooms.   It is true that at the end of the day, our academic Math students (Math 30-1 and Math 30-2) need...
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Discussion: Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Discussion: Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
8 Tips for Speaking and Listening

While it is impossible to know all of the reasons, there is no doubt that learning to listen and talk is an extremely important way to broaden knowledge, enhance understanding and build community.

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John Thompson: Is Moving Strong Teachers to Struggling Schools a Viable Strategy?

John Thompson: Is Moving Strong Teachers to Struggling Schools a Viable Strategy? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The idea that financial incentives can improve teacher quality in an age of high-stakes testing is dead on arrival unless top teachers can produce gains in the tough schools that are comparable to gains in lower-poverty schools.
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Fixing Classroom Observations: How Common Core Will Change the Way We Look at Teaching | TNTP

Fixing Classroom Observations: How Common Core Will Change the Way We Look at Teaching | TNTP | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Classroom observations are the foundation of virtually every teacher evaluation system in the country, and they aren’t working. Today’s observation rubrics give observers too much to look for in a short amount of time.

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Can We See Reading Comprehension in the Brain?

Can We See Reading Comprehension in the Brain? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A new measure allows researchers to study how the brain comprehends a long and challenging text.
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Is There a War Between Fiction & Nonfiction?

Is There a War Between Fiction & Nonfiction? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As we stand at the Common Core buffet of reading, there seems to be a risk that we are going to force students to binge just for a better grade on a test, when we should be teaching them to try everything from the menu to help prepare them for...
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"I need to get each one of them to start thinking like a mathematician."

"I need to get each one of them to start thinking like a mathematician." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Strategic Reading: What the Mind Needs to Do to Read Nonfiction

Strategic Reading: What the Mind Needs to Do to Read Nonfiction | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Nancy Akhavan

Many children are not strategic readers of nonfiction text; they dive into reading nonfiction the same way they approach a story or a novel. But if students are to become literate readers in a world filled with an abundance of information, they need to be good readers and strategic readers. Strategic readers

  • establish goals for reading;
  • select reading strategies appropriate for the text they are reading;
  • monitor their reading to determine if they are comprehending or not; and
  • have a positive attitude toward reading.
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Dyslexia Today's curator insight, November 10, 2013 8:13 PM

A good overview of what reading instruction really is, it is not about decoding text. When people argue that text to speech is not reading, we at Dyslexia Today argue that for a dyslexic it is all about getting to what this article is about. Learning about different types of text and how to handle each one.

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California, other states spending big to implement Common Core

California, other states spending big to implement Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
How California and other states are spending huge amounts to implement Common Core.
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Social Studies lesson plans aligned with the #CommonCore

Social Studies lesson plans aligned with the #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Scholastic has put together a wealth of rich resources for teachers to use this November.
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Amanda Coler-Pierce's curator insight, November 18, 2013 8:08 PM

Great resource! Thanks for sharing! 

 

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Special Needs Students: Technical Challenges Overshadow CCSS Implementation in Some States

Special Needs Students: Technical Challenges Overshadow CCSS Implementation in Some States | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Although the CCSS provide states with a great deal of flexibility in terms of how they are taught and assessed, schools with students living with disabilities could face unique obstacles of their own, Education Week reported.

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Principal on Why Embrace the Common Core: 7 Reasons

Principal on Why Embrace the Common Core: 7 Reasons | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
  1. College and Career Readiness
  2. Enable Teachers to Collaborate Across the U.S.
  3. Teacher Leaders Have Developed Curriculum Aligned to the CCSS

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jhenehan's curator insight, December 1, 2013 6:58 PM

This principal discussed why to embrace the common core. Attached to this article was a youtube link that I found very interesting. The youtube link from the North Carolina governor on questions that are begining to come up about the common core. There are many critics of the common core standards. The article mentions seven reasons to embrace the common core and I feel that they are important...

1) For College and Career

2) Enables Teached to Collabortate

3) Teachers Develop Curriculum Alligned to the Common Core

4) Professional Development

5) Curriculum Allignment is Easier

6) The Change Process Requires Time

7) Student Acheivement Matters

 

One of the seven reasons that I wanted to talk a little more about is the second one. The common core allows teachers to collaborate. I think that teachers collaborating and working together is very important. It allows for new ideas to be seen and for yourself as a teacher to get new ideas and inspiration. It is also important because it can allow professional conversations about what is being done in other counties, and states. I think that having the technology and blogging sites that we have today, being able to collaborate as teacher could be extremely benefical. 

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Tackling Informational Text

Tackling Informational Text | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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NY school leader calls the NY implementation of Common Core ‘a disaster’

NY school leader calls the NY implementation of Common Core ‘a disaster’ | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

There’s a reason New Yorkers seem angrier about Common Core than most other Americans: The Empire State is a year ahead of virtually all other states in implementing the new standards and the accompanying student tests.

And being the nation’s Common Core guinea pigs is causing a lot of frustration.

For example, during a recent school board workshop, Watkins Glen Superintendent Tom Phillips described New York’s implementation of Common Core as “a disaster” and complained state officials are “trying to change 30 years of education in 18 months,”

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The Stereotypes About Math That Hold Americans Back

The Stereotypes About Math That Hold Americans Back | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Speed doesn't matter, and there's no such thing as a "math person." How the Common Core's approach to the discipline could correct these misperceptions.
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One-Minute Papers: A Way to Further Design Thinking

One-Minute Papers: A Way to Further Design Thinking | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Connecting Design Thinking to Your Area of Expertise

Many of us have sat through long lectures believing the material did not connect to us at all.
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U.S. Math, Reading Achievement Edges Up, But Gaps Remain

U.S. Math, Reading Achievement Edges Up, But Gaps Remain | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A few jurisdictions are seeing big gains in 4th and 8th grade math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but results still lag for some states and student groups.


"Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin S. Huffman credited much of that state’s score gains to its ratcheting up of academic standards."

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Math Infographic via Common Core Math Book Bundle

Math Infographic via Common Core Math Book Bundle | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

8 mathematical practices aligned with Common Core State Standards. It particularly shares with teachers starategies to employ in elementary, middle, and highschool to meet the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. The graphic is based on  Common Core Math Book BundleK-56-8, and 9-12, by Leslie Texas and Tammy Jones.

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Mastery vs. Coverage - Common Core Conundrum: Where's the Time to Scaffold?

Mastery vs. Coverage - Common Core Conundrum: Where's the Time to Scaffold? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Special educator Elizabeth Stein has been a champion of higher Common Core standards for her inclusion students but is beginning to question the relentless pace.
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Common Core seeks to bolster writing skills.

Common Core seeks to bolster writing skills. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Nationally, writing has been among the many casualties of K-12’s ballooning class sizes and its focus on multiple-choice tests.
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