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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 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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Textbooks: Changes in technology and de-centralized adoption process open field for small publishers.

Textbooks: Changes in technology and de-centralized adoption process open field for small publishers. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Changes to curriculum represent a major shift in K-12 education in the U.S. How will textbooks and educational materials producers keep up?
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"Our modest improvements are not keeping pace with this rising bar." - Tom Friedman

"Our modest improvements are not keeping pace with this rising bar." - Tom Friedman | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“Three nonselective high schools in Fairfax, Va., outperformed the average of virtually every country in the world.” One of them, W.T. Woodson, outperformed every region in the world in reading, except Shanghai."

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Background Knowledge in a Knowledge Economy

Background Knowledge in a Knowledge Economy | College and Career-Ready 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The industrial economy that typified the twentieth century has been replaced by what has been dubbed the “knowledge” economy.
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Trendy view i was objecting to in "Let us now praise knowing stuff"--also on this page.
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Should Common Assessments Use Computers to Score Writing?

Should Common Assessments Use Computers to Score Writing? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The two federally funded groups designing tests for the common standards are awaiting feedback from pilot and field testing before making the decision.
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Cracking the Core

Cracking the Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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Why Common Core matters

Why Common Core matters | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

'For the first time in almost half a century, education administrators and policymakers around the country are seriously discussing the role of a content-based curriculum in raising student achievement.' E. D. Hirsch

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Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy

Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy | College and Career-Ready 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 3:22 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 | College and Career-Ready 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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Sayles Yourhistoryteacher's curator insight, July 30, 2:23 PM

Foundations of a semi-common rubric for writing

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The Intersection Between the Common Core and School Culture

The Intersection Between the Common Core and School Culture | College and Career-Ready 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 3:22 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 9:59 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 3:06 PM

The right questions contribute to learning.

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"How To Do Research" Game

"How To Do Research" Game | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...
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Common Core Assessments: principal warns - "a plane built in the air"

Common Core Assessments: principal warns - "a plane built in the air" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Parents will soon be told whether their children are “on the road” to college readiness based on cut scores on tests of the new Common Core standards. But there is no evidence the scores will have any meaning.
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How Districts Are Increasing Student Access to Technology

How Districts Are Increasing Student Access to Technology | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Preparing for Common Core requires schools to move resources to the cloud, roll out robust wireless and develop mobile programs.
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Ralph E. Johnson's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:28 PM

Technological resources will have to continue to be included within the mainstream of students in Pk-16 schools today.

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Testing helps maintain attention, reduce stress in online learning

Testing helps maintain attention, reduce stress in online learning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A great deal has been written about the impact of retrieval practice on memory. That's because the effect is sizable, it has been replicated many times (Agarwal, Bain & Chamberlain, 2012) and it...
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Math: Implementing the Common Core - What parents know and support

Math: Implementing the Common Core - What parents know and support | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: What Parents Know and Support


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Reading in Science Class: #CommonCore

Reading in Science Class: #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready 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 3:10 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 7:06 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 | College and Career-Ready 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 12:05 PM

Excellent technology resources for all teachers.

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"Finding Time" for Close Readings | Burkins & Yaris

"Finding Time" for Close Readings | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready 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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