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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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Career and College Skills Are Really the Same

Career and College Skills Are Really the Same | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Look at a job description that a company owner passed along to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in a piece he wrote about the paucity of trained American workers. The company owner was looking for a welder and was complaining about the quality of some who had applied:


"They could make beautiful welds," she said, "but they did not understand metallurgy, modern cleaning and brushing techniques" and how different metals and gases, pressures and temperatures had to be combined. Moreover, in small manufacturing businesses like hers, explained [Traci] Tapani, "unlike a Chinese firm that does high-volume, low-tech jobs, we do a lot of low-volume, high-tech jobs, and each one has its own design drawings. So a welder has to be able to read and understand five different design drawings in a single day ... I can't think of any job in my sheet metal fabrication company where math is not important. If you work in a manufacturing facility, you use math every day; you need to compute angles and understand what happens to a piece of metal when it's bent to a certain angle."

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With Common Core State Standards, Why Service Learning Matters Even More

With Common Core State Standards, Why Service Learning Matters Even More | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Cathryn Berger Kaye and Maureen Connolly


We are all familiar with the idea of service in communities and service in schools. Service learning, however, has distinctive aspects that separate this pedagogy from what we often call “community service” or “project-based learning.” With high-quality service learning, students:

  • Increase academic rigor through relevance and application of content and skills
  • Participate in social analysis as they investigate an authentic community need, typically through action research using media, interviews, surveys, and observation 
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Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, May 17, 2013 9:40 AM

Interesting pedagogy that could increase higher-order thinking skills

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Would Arne Duncan Consider Calling for Pause in Common Core Stakes?

Would Arne Duncan Consider Calling for Pause in Common Core Stakes? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A spokesman for the U.S. Secretary of Education said federal officials are thinking through the concerns about high stakes tied to the common core "carefully."
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Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, May 17, 2013 9:48 AM

Glad to see officials are listening to concerned stakeholders-

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What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

NCEE has just released What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?, a study of the English Literacy and Mathematics required for success in the first year of community college. On May 7th, during a day-long meeting, key education and policy leaders joined NCEE to discuss the results of the study and its implications for community college reform, school reform, teacher education, the common core state standards, and vocational education and the workplace.

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Leveled vs. Complex Text: "A balance is needed."

Leveled vs. Complex Text: "A balance is needed." | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

In my own teaching practice, I felt that if I coaxed a non-reader to pick up a magazine or graphic novel or just about anything, I was succeeding. I tried to get them to fall in love with reading and learning by allowing them time to read whatever they wanted. I still believe offering such choices is important, but I have now come to understand that a balance is needed.

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"continuing education, re-training, and lifelong learning are the new reality"

"continuing education, re-training, and lifelong learning are the new reality" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Renee Moore The majority of high school graduates in America do not go to college, at least not directly.


"while almost 50 percent of four-year college graduates are unemployed, 60 percent of all nursing graduates in the U.S. come from the nation's community colleges. Add to them the dental hygienists, plumbers, electricians, heating and air conditioning technicians, auto mechanics, chefs, office workers, medical-equipment operators and technicians, cosmetologists, barbers, truck drivers, and machine handlers, just to name a few of the people on whom we rely daily, and we realize it's the traditional college route that should be called alternative."

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Danni Gohemi's comment, May 15, 2013 9:06 AM
Medical assistants, esp. male medical assistants are especially affected by the stigma of low status career you mention, Steve. Many medical assistants are largely underpaid in comparison to the pay rates in the nursing industry and medical technology. Medial assistants are essential to the medical office and how a doctor's practice is run, and more importantly, perceived and regarded by the community. Many earn just $9 - $10 per hour, full time, without any additional benefits.

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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's comment, May 16, 2013 2:15 AM
Danni, good point. It is interesting how social status plays a significant role in career decision making.
Danni Gohemi's comment, May 16, 2013 9:58 AM
... or gender.
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PARCC: 'We are on track' to meet testing deadlines

PARCC: 'We are on track' to meet testing deadlines | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As the deadline for Common Core implementation nears, several states including Florida are hedging their bets as to whether all the pieces will be ready on time.
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:01 AM

This reiteration of the Fordham Institute blog on PARCC implementation demonstates that the Common Core Standards are moving from the back burner to toward the front burner in the minds of state politicos. Yes, now that the issue has the attention of the politicians, the heat is rising. 

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Common Core has teachers rushing to prepare

Common Core has teachers rushing to prepare | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Common Core has teachers rushing to prepare,The clock is ticking on Common Core, and educators are rushing to learn how to effectively teach those new rigorous standards in the fall.
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Writing: Few high schools require writing and research

Writing: Few high schools require writing and research | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Jay Mathews

Washington Post


I often despair over the sorry state of writing and research in our high schools. Only private schools and public schools with the International Baccalaureate diploma program require research papers of significant length. Two million new high school graduates head to college every year — but only 10 percent, by my reckoning — have had to write a long paper or do a major project.

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"We are on schedule and ready to go." - Joe Willhoft, SBAC

"We are on schedule and ready to go." - Joe Willhoft, SBAC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The SBAC consortium has posted minimum computing requirements and a bandwidth calculator that schools can use to measure capacity. It has also said that it would supply paper-and-pencil versions of the assessments for the first three years. Willhoft predicted that some schools in California may decide to do both in the transition, trying computer-based tests in some grades, paper and pencil in others. (The paper version will cost $10 to $12 per student more to administer.)

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PARCC Assessments: UDL and Accessibility Features

PARCC Assessments: UDL and Accessibility Features | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The PARRC, a standardized test aligned to the Common Core, includes embedded scaffolds and accessibility features “allowable for all students” (p.20) in addition to accommodations for students with disabilities. Taken together, these supports ensure the test is universally designed for everyone, which leaves no one behind.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, May 10, 2013 12:42 PM

Thank you Katie for addressing the UDL aspects of PARCC assessment in your blog. As far as special education students are addressed, teachers should not make any assumptions. A closer reading of the actual accommodations makes clear that some testing accommodations must be addressed in a student's IEP as well as part of day-to-day instruction. Teachers will need to verify what the IEP clearly states and what the assessment offers.

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Product Placement on New Common Core Test?

Product Placement on New Common Core Test? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A 14-year-old boy in New York details what he found so annoying about the new Common Core-aligned English test he and other students around the state just took.



Taken together:

  • the subjective and even nonsensical nature of questions and answers,
  • product placement,
  • more time-consuming test format

made the state assessments the most frustrating and unpleasant standardized test I have ever taken.

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"Heard of the CCSS, but we aren’t prepared to use the standards in the classroom."

I think about how prepared I am to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I think about how to bridge Common Core State Standards and Career Technical Education (CTE) together.

I work in a vocational high school as a CTE commercial art teacher. Most of my CTE colleagues and I have heard of the CCSS, but we aren’t prepared to use the standards in the classroom. In doing my own research, I learned that the mission statement for the CCSS Initiative is to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”

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What would the U.S. Department of Education (ED) like people to know about the testing consortia?

What would the U.S. Department of Education (ED) like people to know about the testing consortia? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Assessment 2.0 will need lots of work to get to version 2.1 and 2.2. States and districts will improve implementation as they learn from pilots and field tests. And teachers will play an absolutely critical role in providing the consortia feedback about what works and what doesn’t work.

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Why We Need Common Standards and Better Tests

It's easy to criticize tests but they represent this country's commitment to improving education for all students -- particularly the least well served. The Common Core is a big step forward and so are the tests that come with it.
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Vocabulary: SAT Vocabulary on Vocab Test.com

Vocabulary: SAT Vocabulary on Vocab Test.com | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
SAT vocabulary word test and practice using Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop to help at Vocab Test.com with SAT tests

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whynot's curator insight, May 15, 2013 6:58 AM

De très bons tests tous niveaux, interface simple et clair (pas de pubs) - bons exercices... adaptables en sur mesure pour des projets spécifiques.

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Stern and Klein: Conservatives and the Common Core | WSJ

Stern and Klein: Conservatives and the Common Core | WSJ | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Sol Stern and Joel Klein write that the curriculum standards adopted by 45 states require students to read America's Founding texts.


one of the most promising education initiatives of the past half century

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Common core per se has never been required by the feds for any grant or waiver

Common core per se has never been required by the feds for any grant or waiver | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Each of the 12 original Race to the Top states, plus the seven third-round winners, promised to adopt and implement the common core standards.
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Speaking and Listening (CCSS Goes Deep)

Speaking and Listening (CCSS Goes Deep) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards reach beyond reading and writing to address speaking and listening.  


Through the Literacy Design Collaborative, I'm seeing lots of potent work on these skills, with students becoming more able to do this work and teachers developing new insights into what further support and challenge students will need.

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What Does it Really Mean to be College and Work Ready?

What Does it Really Mean to be  College and Work Ready? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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Because about half of the high school graduates who go to college go to these institutions and because, of those who do, close to half go into programs designed to prepare them for careers and the other half goes into a program designed to enable them to transfer to four year colleges after two years.

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Michael John Maxson's curator insight, May 13, 2013 11:14 PM

Very interesting blog post on what is actually needed for "college readiness" as it applies to community colleges.

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Principals on Transitioning to College- and Career-Ready Standards

Principals on Transitioning to College- and Career-Ready Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

 Alliance For Excellent Education


May 2, 2013

Capital Hill Briefing


Participants
Mitchell Curry, Principal, Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School (McKinney, TX)
Lindsay Fryer, Professional Staff Member,
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce
Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, Senior K–12 Education Policy Advisor
U.S. Senate HELP Committee (majority staff)
Robbie Hooker, EdD, Principal, Clarke Central High School (Athens, GA)
Daniel Wiebers, Principal, Trenton R I-X High School (Trenton, MO)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education


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Common Core does not tell how to teach, and that makes some angry?

Common Core does not tell how to teach, and that makes some angry? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"Say what you will about the Common Core authors, but for better or for worse, they were out to get things done, not get into debates, including the traditional debates over phonics.



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Have ELL Teachers Been Left Out Of the Common Core Conversation? #TESOL

Have ELL Teachers Been Left Out Of the Common Core Conversation? #TESOL | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

“English language teachers have, for the most part, been treated as an afterthought in the discussions on the Common Core,” said TESOL Executive Director Rosa Aronson. “We held the convening to bring them into the conversation.”

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States' Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core (Implementation) Concerns

States' Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core (Implementation) Concerns | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Technical glitches during recent online assessments in a number of states are prompting worries about schools' ability to administer common-core testing in 2014-15.
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While online testing is the way to go, I have been warning everyone that it takes a few years to work out the glitches when transitioning from paper tests to online testing. I should know because I learned this through experience in a state with eleven high-stakes EOC exams at the high school level that were barriers to graduation. We had four years to make the full transition and it was still a huge task. Doing this in one year is a recipe for disaster.

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