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Common Core State Standards for School Leaders
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) supporting school leaders in helping all students become college and career-ready
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Reading in Science Class: #CommonCore

Reading in Science Class: #CommonCore | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
CCSS activities that bring literacy lessons into the science lab.


Teachers are expected to incorporate literacy instruction throughout the curriculum, and students are expected to read (and understand) as much informational text as they do fiction.


"it’s really about teaching kids the skills to become good scientists, which includes being good readers.” Scientists, she says, have to be able to read articles and journals—review the research—before they can build experiments or projects of their own."

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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 8, 2013 12:10 PM

For the mnenomic OPTIC alone, this article is worth reading! Share with science teachers looking to incorporate CCSS into their curriculum.

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Complex Texts in a 9th Grade History Classroom

Complex Texts in a 9th Grade History Classroom | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
How do we incorporate the Common Core's complex texts in a way that students will read, engage with, debate, and discuss? Join us as we explore non-freaked implementation.
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Common Core Open Resources

Common Core Open Resources | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The tools you need to prepare for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments are now available to all educators. 
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In the Knowledge Economy, It’s Knowledge That Matters

In the Knowledge Economy, It’s Knowledge That Matters | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The industrial economy that typified the twentieth century has been replaced by what has been dubbed the “knowledge” economy.
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Bruce Deitrick Price's comment, April 11, 2013 4:06 PM
Trendy view i was objecting to in "Let us now praise knowing stuff"--also on this page.
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Remodeling Literacy: NCLE Report

Remodeling Literacy: NCLE Report | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Key findings from the NCLE survey, explored in more detail in the body of the report, yield the following conclusions about how US educators are currently working together to meet rising literacy expectations and how best to support them going forward.

  1. Literacy is not just the English teacher's job anymore.
  2. Working together is working smarter.
  3. But schools aren't structured to facilitate educators working together.
  4. Many of the building blocks for remodeling literacy learning are in place.
  5. Effective collaboration needs systemic support.
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Teacher collaboration requires time, effort, and the commitment of a strong, resolute school leader. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the Breaking Ranks Framework have consistently promoted the need to foster a collaborative culture of accountability based on mutual trust and shared responsibility. NASSP has joined 29 other leading organizations for educators in serving as a stakeholder in the newly formed National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). 

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10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing - #CommonCore Anchor Standard 6

10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing - #CommonCore Anchor Standard 6 | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Eye On Education

by Lauren Davis


The Common Core’s Anchor Standard 6 for writing in grades K–12 requires students to “use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others” (emphasis mine). Here are some ideas for meeting this standard (besides the obvious use of technology—word processing).

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Joan Cansdale's curator insight, April 6, 2013 9:05 AM

Excellent technology resources for all teachers.

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"Finding Time" for Close Readings | Burkins & Yaris

"Finding Time" for Close Readings | Burkins & Yaris | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Today's post revisits close reading and considers it in the context of a literacy block. We argue that you don't have to make time for close reading, but can integrate it into existing structures.
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Schools (MO) Piloting SBAC Assessments

Schools (MO) Piloting SBAC Assessments | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

More than 360 schools in Missouri are participating in a pilot program this spring to test a new assessment system based on the Common Core State Standards for English language.


All schools will have the opportunity to participate in practice tests, beginning this summer, to give staff and students experience with the Smarter Balanced assessments. The practice tests can also be used to show parents, policy makers and community members how the new assessment system will work.

Preparing students for college and careers is a primary goal of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Top 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for education in Missouri to rank among the Top 10 states in the nation by the year 2020.

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The Truth about Common Core

The Truth about Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern write on NRO: The new Common Core math and reading standards adopted by 45 states have come under a firestorm of criticism from tea-party activists and commentators such as Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin.


Here’s what the Common Core State Standards do:

  1. They simply delineate what children should know at each grade level and describe the skills that they must acquire to stay on course toward college or career readiness.
  2. They are not a curriculum;
  3. It’s up to school districts to choose curricula that comply with the standards.
  4. For most states, the Common Core is a great improvement with regard to rigor and cohesiveness.
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Math: Teacher Gestures Boost Learning

Math: Teacher Gestures Boost Learning | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In the study, "Consolidation and Transfer of Learning After Observing Hand Gesture," psychologists from the University of Iowa and Michigan State University taught 184 2nd-, 3rd-, and 4th-graders a lesson about mathematical equivalence, a foundation concept for algebra.

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Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, April 2, 2013 12:26 PM

School librarians can be an integral support by providing professional development and instructional support for integrating technology and information/media literacy skills to classroom teachers.

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Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Here's a book excerpt from veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo's new book on how to get students to warn to learn.
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Jennifer Hurley-Coughlin's curator insight, April 1, 2013 10:04 AM

Some really interesting points in this link about not leveling text....check out...also interesting ideas for writing with evidence

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5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | MindShift

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | MindShift | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Jamie Nast/Flickr Helping students learn how to learn: That's what most educators strive for, and that's the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfe
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Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy

Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Seems like everywhere I go, educators are asking "What is this 'close reading' thing and how do I teach it?" The buzz on close reading has become so great that many think close reading is simply an...
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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 8, 2013 12:22 PM

I love this point from Dr. Dea:  Therefore, I suggest two types of close reading for such [scrupulously written] documents: one that values the rhetorical or literary nature of the text–art and a second that explores the relationship of the art within the frame–the disciplinary context.

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Writing Across the Curriculum - 6 Traits

Writing Across the Curriculum - 6 Traits | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

http://www.weareteachers.com/docs/promotions/the-six-traits-across-the-curriculum-a-writer's-roadmap-pdf-.pdf?sfvrsn=0


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The Intersection Between the Common Core and School Culture

The Intersection Between the Common Core and School Culture | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Gail Connelly, Executive Director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)


"School culture is hard to characterize and cultivate, but it's arguably the defining factor in school change. Shifting culture could prove to be the trickiest — but most essential — piece of today's most pressing education challenge: implementing the Common Core State Standards."

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A Common Core Challenge You Can Tackle: Mathematical Discourse

A Common Core Challenge You Can Tackle: Mathematical Discourse | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Read how playful thinking helps students become comfortable with difficult problems and mathematical discourse.
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"Expect a significant decline in test scores." New Common Core Assessments

"Expect a significant decline in test scores." New Common Core Assessments | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Commissioner John King (NY) described the new tests as challenging, requiring students to provide deeper analysis of written texts and demonstrate a thorough understanding of math concepts.

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Fiction and Nonfiction Interact in the Common Core Classroom

Fiction and Nonfiction Interact in the Common Core Classroom | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In this video podcast How Fiction and Nonfiction Can Interact in the Common Core Classroom, Lauren Davis sets the record straight on how much fiction is still allowed in the Common Core, how it can be taught along with nonfiction, and provides suggestions for selecting and incorporating engaging nonfiction texts.

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River Hill High School's curator insight, April 5, 2013 12:22 PM

Will Common Core kill literature?  According to this podcast, fiction and non-fiction can coexist in the classroom. (It says "video podcast," but you only need to listen--not much worth watching).

StorySpirit4U's curator insight, April 8, 2013 6:59 PM

As teachers, we need to expose our students to more texts where they meet the CCS . Test scores improve with more exposure to these novels.

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The Role of Questioning in a World of Common Core

The Role of Questioning in a World of Common Core | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Question-Asking: Intentional and Powerful When teachers carefully select and craft their questions, students respond with thinking, wondering, reflection and overall cognition – in other words, the...
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Sue Thuma's curator insight, April 4, 2013 12:06 PM

The right questions contribute to learning.

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Common Core Assessments: Will they meet our expectations?

How much better will the next generation of standardized tests, aligned to the Common Core standards, really be?
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11 States Use Score Cards to Target School Climate

11 States Use Score Cards to Target School Climate | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"As states tackle the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the balance between addressing the conditions necessary for students to learn and what students are actually learning has become more difficult to strike. The S3 grants aim to eliminate the need to prioritize one or the other.


Under a federal grant program, 11 states are using student surveys and select data to monitor and address issues around safety, discipline, and engagement....in an attempt to put safety and discipline, student engagement, and students' connection to school on the same footing as their performance in mathematics and reading."


This is the "first attempt at this benchmark—really measuring in some tangible way—school climate, and then blending that with incident data like attendance, referrals, suspensions."

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3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary -

3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary - | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary by Susan Oxnevad first appeared on gettingsmart.com  The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards…...
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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, April 1, 2013 2:01 PM

Develop your students' word habits with these three apps. 

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Writing: Is Grammar Worth Teaching?

Writing: Is Grammar Worth Teaching? | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Walt Gardner 


Tracing the rise and fall of grammar instruction ("Grammarians in Hoodies," Education Next, Spring 2013


"I'm talking about gross errors in usage and sentence structure that detract from that goal.


Companies complain that workers can't fashion a clear and coherent memo. That doesn't surprise me at all. Young people can't enunciate a declarative sentence without the words "like" or "you know." That assumes they even know what a declarative sentence is. So when it comes time to put their thoughts in writing, they're predictably at a complete loss. Texting, of course, only exacerbates their deficits."


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Ann Kenady's curator insight, April 9, 2013 2:59 PM

I don't think it's asking too much that students be able to write "a clear 5-sentence memo devoid of grammatical and spelling errors." Maybe we can continue to nudge the bar back up to where it should be.

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States Can Afford Better Tests by Restructuring Costs, Study Says

States Can Afford Better Tests by Restructuring Costs, Study Says | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
States can make better assessments possible by shifting testing dollars and using technology and teachers to score tests, says a new report.
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