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
“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."
'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
"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."
In this video podcastHow 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Literacy is not just the English teacher's job anymore.
Working together is working smarter.
But schools aren't structured to facilitate educators working together.
Many of the building blocks for remodeling literacy learning are in place.
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).