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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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The Future Ready Project: Achieve

The Future Ready Project: Achieve | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

"over 150 resources for communicating and advocating around the college- and career-ready agenda."

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Teachers Say They Feel Unprepared for Common Core

Teachers Say They Feel Unprepared for Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

Education Week

February 27, 2013


Almost half said in a survey they weren't ready to teach the standards, especially to students who are poor or have special needs.

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The Common Core Implementation Gap: "the distressing reality of implementation"

By Andy Smarick

Education Next

February 21, 2013


Teacher Evaluation - With changes afoot in all of these areas, teacher-evaluation reform has gotten exponentially more difficult. 42 states report either having plans or building plans to revise their teacher-evaluation systems to comport with the expectations of Common Core. Thirty states claim to have “fully developed” plans to change their instructional materials to align with the new standards.

Common Core – One of several massive changes. Even the best state departments of education were fretting about the massive challenges associated with overhauling educator evaluation systems before Common Core implementation was front and center.

Professional Development – Plans “look a lot like the SEA’s current PD plans: same state office, same providers, same higher-ed institutions, same quality monitoring, same number of hours required, etc.”

Aligned Instructional Materials - Comparing the navigability of the CC-aligned resources marketplace to the Wild West would be an insult to the Wild West.

Teacher Preparation - Are any activities underway to improve teacher preparation programs so their graduates are ready for the demands of Common Core. As far as I can tell, most states haven’t even begun working in this area.

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Great Quote:


"it’s time to get serious about the seriousness of implementation"


The Perfect Storm = New Teacher Evaluation Systems + New State Accountability Systems + Common Core Implementation (Professional Development, Aligned Resources, Teacher Preparation)

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Teachers rated high on compliance, low on engagement and questioning

Teachers rated high on compliance, low on engagement and questioning | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Stephen Sawchuk


"no matter what framework was used, teachers got higher scores on procedural tasks like planning and behavior management, but relatively low scores on things like "analysis and problem solving," "using investigation/problem-based approaches," "student participation in making meaning and reasoning," and "relevance to history and current events."


"The Consortium on Chicago School Research recently released final results from that city's pilot implementation of the Danielson Framework for Teaching and found similar results. Here, too, teachers generally scored lower on the domains of "using questioning and discussion techniques" and "engaging students in learning" than on managing the classroom."

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The Common Core Standards will require that students use logic to apply learned concepts to real-world situations using high-order thinking skills.


Mangaging student behavior is fundamental expectation, but only the beginning of quality instruction. This study supports my contention that school leaders must fundamentally change current classroom practice by building the collective capacity of all teachers to deliver quality instruction.

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Teachers say move to Common Core means more literature, not less

Teachers say move to Common Core means more literature, not less | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core Myth


Numerous reports have referenced the fact that the Common Core's new English language arts standards were "outraging many literature teachers by requiring them to focus less on creative literature and more on nonfiction ‘informational texts.


The Reality


Many educators in Quincy, however, say such worries about the Common Core's language arts standards are being overblown.

If anything, local educators say they will be teaching more classic literature instead of less. And despite some published accounts to the contrary, no one at the nationa

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Thesis Builder - The Original Persuasive Essay Maker

Thesis Builder - The Original Persuasive Essay Maker | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 23, 2013 7:20 PM

Great way to set foundational skills!

Principal dd's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:23 AM

A great way to get students who struggle with getting 'pen / pencil' onto their paper ... let them get a start on their HHDD (hand held digital device). 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:22 PM

Another brilliant idea by Tom March

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93% of Principals and 92% of Teachers say they are knowledgeable about the Common Core

93% of Principals and 92% of Teachers say they are knowledgeable about the Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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According to the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, educators are confident about implementing the Common Core, less so about its potential for increasing student success. 

  • Nine in 10 principals (93%) and teachers (92%) say they are knowledgeable about the Common Core.  
  • Nine in 10 principals (90%) and teachers (93%) believe that teachers in their schools already have the academic skills and abilities to implement the Common Core in their classrooms. 
  • Teachers and principals are more likely to be very confident that teachers have the ability to implement the Common Core (53% of teachers; 38% of principals) than they are very confident that the Common Core will improve the achievement of students (17% of teachers; 22% of principals) or better prepare students for college and the workforce (20% of teachers; 24% of principals).  
  • A majority of teachers (62%) and a smaller proportion of principals (46%) say teachers in their schools are already using the Common Core a great deal in their teaching this year. 
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Linda Miller McMillan's comment, February 28, 2013 5:26 PM
Some very interesting information! It is good to see positive thinking regarding the CCSS.
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Academic Vocabulary 101 (and 102 and 103) | Burkins & Yaris

Academic Vocabulary 101 (and 102 and 103) | Burkins & Yaris | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In this post, Kim reflects on the vocabulary development of her sons as they have participated in family read alouds of DIVERGENT. She encourages readers to rely on reading, writing, and talking rather than on workbooks to build vocabulary.
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 21, 2013 3:59 PM

No need to buy "CCSS-aligned" workbooks!  

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Half of all undergraduates and 70 percent of community college students take at least one remedial course. Why?

Half of all undergraduates and 70 percent of community college students take at least one remedial course. Why? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Leadership experts in the K-12 field Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write about challenges and possibilities for administrators in the 21st century.
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One in five public high school grads passed an AP exam

One in five public high school grads passed an AP exam | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Nearly one in five public high school graduates in the class of 2012 passed an Advanced Placement exam, reflecting a steady increase in performance over the past decade, new data released today by the College Board show.

Last year, 19.5 percent of graduates scored a 3 or higher, which is considered a passing grade on a scale of 1 to 5. That is up from 18.1 percent who passed in 2011 and 11.6 percent among the class of 2002.

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Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources

Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
CCSSO developed this list of tools and resources to point states to promising practices and tools to support Common Core State Standards implementation.
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Teachers (RI): Classroom anxiety at all-time high

Teachers (RI): Classroom anxiety at all-time high | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
High School graduates for the class of 2014 will be judged on three sets of criteria: course work; performance-based demonstration of proficiency, which in most cases is a senior project; and scoring partially proficient on their 10th grade...
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Does the Common Core Demoralize Teachers?

Does the Common Core Demoralize Teachers? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Sarah Brown Wessling


"If we want uncommon learning for our children in a time of common standards, we must be willing to lower the voices of discontent that threaten to overpower a teaching force who is learning a precise, deliberate, and cohesive practice."

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Comparing Common Core to the old methods of teaching: Evidence

New federal standards a hit at Santa Ana schools


"Instead of just memorizing the material they learn, students must be able to demonstrate they understand that material.


This means all U.S. classrooms should be buzzing with student collaboration and teachers should be pulling together all types of reading material to make their lessons more universal.

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JamieSkaggs's curator insight, March 2, 2013 5:53 PM

I really like the first quote.  This truly shows common core.

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Short-term growing pains under the Common Core but "outlook looks bright for teachers"

Short-term growing pains under the Common Core but "outlook looks bright for teachers" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

While the Common Core may cause short term growing pains, the outlook looks bright for teachers seeking to implement creative classroom instruction and the students who will benefit from the changes in their curriculum.

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Should Common Core Assessments be barriers to graduation?

Should Common Core Assessments be barriers to graduation? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A debate over the future of required tests in Washington schools centers on a key question: Should being ready for college be considered the same thing as being ready to graduate high school?
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The Common Core and Next Generation Arts Standards: Connections

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Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:12 AM

Art teachers-this is a tool for you to connect the CCSS to your art instruction.  The charts are very nice in helping you find alignment.

Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:12 AM

Art teachers-this is a tool for you to connect the CCSS to your art instruction.  The charts are very nice in helping you find alignment.

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Writing Across the Curriculum: The Literacy Design Collaborative

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The Literacy Design Collaborative is a network of teachers and partners “building out a template-based approach to the literacy demands of college and the workplace, as defined by the Common Core State Standards.”  


The concept is to give teachers tools (mostly offline but soon to be online) that enable them to transform the Common Core into classroom action by giving teacher the literacy resources to build student’s college ready literacy skills through their existing content lens.

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Ellen Graber's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:35 PM

Having tools and templates on hand make it easier to curate your downloaded applications to find what will work best in your classes.

Shannon Petty's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:57 PM

LDC

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Some Experts Now Pessimistic About Common Tests

Some Experts Now Pessimistic About Common Tests | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz


"Last April, only 27 percent of the "insiders" thought PARCC was on the wrong track. Now that's up to 52 percent. Smarter Balanced's numbers have sunk by only 6 percentage points since last April, but they were more heavily "on the wrong track" to begin with than was PARCC. Seventy-one percent saw SBAC as off-base last April, and optimism grew for a while last summer. But now the "wrong track" numbers are up to 77 percent."

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Teaching Math to the Core

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Teaching to the Common Core State Standards for Math. With the CCSS emphasizing analysis and problem solving, great lesson plans that engage students is a must.

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Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, February 18, 2013 12:35 PM

Great lesson on teaching Common Core Math

David Timbs's curator insight, March 12, 2013 10:18 PM

Really good video!

Todd Parker's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:22 PM

I really like this website in general.  It takes good teaching skills and models them for us in a real classroom.  They have real teachers in real classes and then there is commentary about what is going on.  There is a real thrust towards Common Core here and how to teacg the problem solving and perseverance skills that are so necessary in Common Core.  In math, you see the use of all kinds of manipulatives that you might not think of on your own.  Sometimes the only thing that students need to become engaged or to get over the hump is having something to move around or see other than numbers on paper.  This website is a goldmine for good ideas.

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7 Common Core Ways to Assess Knowledge

7 Common Core Ways to Assess Knowledge | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
This is always challenging, isn't it? Finding evidence that students have learned what you taught, that they can apply their knowledge to complex problems. How do you do this? Rubrics? Group projec...
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Lesson Plans On Bloom’s Taxonomy & Metacognition

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Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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40% Of 11th Graders At Risk Of Not Graduating

40% Of 11th Graders At Risk Of Not Graduating | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
At least 40% of the class of 2014 is in danger of not graduating according to a WPRI.com review of 2012 New England Common Assessment Program scores released last week.


"The class of 2014 is the first to fall under the state’s mandate requiring all students to show “partial proficiency” on the math and reading portions of the NECAP before receiving a diploma; meaning educators have roughly 17 months to help students improve their test scores or thousands of kids may be forced to repeat the 12th grade."

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