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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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How Will Common Core Change What We Do?

How Will Common Core Change What We Do? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
As full implementation of Common Core State Standards nears, educators are searching for answers to three questions: 1) What are the CC State Standards? 2) How will they change what I do?
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Algebra requirement dropped for California 8th-graders

Algebra requirement dropped for California 8th-graders | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Eighth-grade algebra has been a required course for California students for 15 years, but no more.
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Common Core Implementation: States Making Progress

Common Core Implementation: States Making Progress | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

by Catherine Gewertz


A year ago, 18 states reported not having a completed plan in any of the three areas. This year's survey found only three states in that situation. Forty-four states have fully developed plans in at least one area, compared with 28 in the 2011 study. Twenty-one states have completed plans in all three areas, an accomplishment only seven could claim at the time of the 2011 survey.

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How to Design Text-Based Questions (and Teach Students to Answer Them!)

How to Design Text-Based Questions (and Teach Students to Answer Them!) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Eye on Education

Lauren Davis


When I was a teacher, it was common practice to ask students for their personal responses to literature. I did that a lot in my classroom as a way t...

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Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core

Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
International Baccalaureate educators say their program offers a base for designing curriculum units that align with the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English/language arts.
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Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards | Achieve

Understanding the Skills in the Common Core State Standards | Achieve | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
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ROE SchoolWorks's curator insight, February 12, 2013 12:02 PM

Here is a good reference document.

ROE SchoolWorks's curator insight, February 12, 2013 12:02 PM

Here is a good reference document.

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Common Core Standards Will Benefit At-Risk Students

Common Core Standards Will Benefit At-Risk Students | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Whole Child Education


Consistency in the knowledge and skills taught in schools across the country promises to reduce barriers to students and families. It will greatly benefit students who find themselves in different schools throughout their educational life.

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Key Point:


"The Common Core State Standards will create an educational environment in the United States that is more accessible for students and understandable for parents. Consistency as well as more opportunities and tools for greater collaboration among students, parents, and educators will enhance education for all students and remove barriers for parents and students."

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A Common Core Standards defense | E.D. Hirsch

A Common Core Standards defense | E.D. Hirsch | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By E. D. Hirsch, Jr.


As someone who has studied how to best use the early years to close achievement gaps and give all children an opportunity to live happy, productive, engaged lives, I am also a supporter of the CCSS.



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Key Points by E.D. Hirsch:


  1. "The future of American education hinges on whether CCSS can be made to work. The alternative, despite the protestations of the critics, is more of the same ineffective and unjust practices that have placed the nation and its middle class at risk."
  2. "The fundamental problem is that American schools, including preschools, typically delay systematic efforts to build students’ vocabulary and knowledge until far too late (usually the end of elementary school or even later)."
  3. Provide "students the broad background knowledge they need to do well in middle and high school."
  4. Daniel Willingham, a professor of cognitive psychology, has explained that many long-held, widely shared beliefs about children’s cognitive development—such as Jean Piaget’s notion that it proceeds in discrete stages—have not been supported by newer, more sophisticated studies. Cognitive development is continuous, and a child’s performance will vary day to day and task to task.
  5. I would also be upset to see a classroom in any grade that never departs from direct instruction—as I would be sad to see a classroom entirely devoted to discovery learning, project-based instruction, or free play. Decades ago, Project Follow Through clearly demonstrated that direct instruction works well with young children.
  6. "The CCSS indicate what should be taught in ELA/literacy and mathematics. They do not dictate pedagogy or prevent teachers from offering a well-rounded curriculum, including the arts and social-emotional learning."
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Cutting to the Chase: "Cut Scores"

Cutting to the Chase: "Cut Scores" | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

By Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Education Next


The assessment questions that weigh most heavily on my mind these days, however, involve “cut scores.” For if the Common Core is truly intended to yield high school graduates who are college and career ready, its assessments must be calibrated to passing scores that colleges and employers will accept as the levels of skill and knowledge that their entrants truly need to possess.

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How will reading instruction change when aligned to the Common Core?

How will reading instruction change when aligned to the Common Core? | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

It is exactly this “close reading” that Common Core supporters hope will usher in a new era of reading instruction—one where teachers select grade-appropriate texts for all students; where they have students read and reread those texts—perhaps more times than even makes sense or feels comfortable—to support deep comprehension and analysis; and where they push students to engage in the text itself—in the author’s words, not in how those words make us feel.

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, January 29, 2013 8:54 AM

Interesting thought-provoking article on reading instruction and the Common Core.

 

Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 29, 2013 5:30 PM

Great Books Shared Inquiry shines at close reading. 

David A Wilson's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:18 PM

Good article

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Revolution Hits the Universities - MOOC

Revolution Hits the Universities - MOOC | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Tom Friedman


Nothing has more potential to let us reimagine higher education than massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms.

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James Patterson taking "Dead Aim" on the next generation of readers via Vanderbilt U.

James Patterson taking "Dead Aim" on the next generation of readers via Vanderbilt U. | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
JAMES PATTERSON HAS SOLD MORE BOOKS WORLDWIDE THAN ANY AUTHOR DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS. NOW HE’S SET HIS SIGHTS ON CULTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF READERS.
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Using Teacher Evaluation Reform and Professional Development to Support Common Core Assessments

Using Teacher Evaluation Reform and Professional Development to Support Common Core Assessments | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
New approaches to teacher evaluation, combined with comprehensive professional development for teachers and school leaders and changes in the organization and capacities of school districts, can support the types of teacher knowledge acquisition...
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Flipped Classroom and Common Core Standards

Flipped Classroom and Common Core Standards | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
"The focus of flipped teaching is different from other examples in that the technology itself is simply a tool for flexible communication that allows educators to differentiate instruction to meet ...
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Vocabulary: Going Deeper Using MindMaps

Vocabulary: Going Deeper Using MindMaps | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standard RL 6.4 (RI 6.4 is very similar) requires that by the end of sixth grade, students be able to: “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.”Thinkspiration™ is the Inspiration® Software blog dedicated to being an informative resource and a place to stimulate discussion around education and

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Tackling the Fiction/Nonfiction Balance in the Common Core (Again)

Tackling the Fiction/Nonfiction Balance in the Common Core (Again) | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

I have been writing about this dispute for a while now; for a refresher, see my stories here andhere, and my blog posts herehere, and here. My latest story on this fiction/nonfiction dispute just went up on our website.

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College- and Career-Ready Skills: VennDiagram |Achieve

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Les Howard's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:43 AM

Interesting look at skills related to the CCSS

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Whole Child Partners Release New Guides

Whole Child Partners Release New Guides | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Achieve, an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C., in partnership with College Summit and whole child partners National Association of Secondary School Principals and National Association of Elementary School Principals, has released new guides to help elementary school leaderssecondary school leaders, andschool counselors support Common Core State Standards implementation. The guides provide explanations, talking points, and action steps that school leaders and counselors can begin to put into practice in their schools today in the following areas:

  • Culture
  • Literacy instruction
  • Text complexity and informational text
  • Close reading and text-based response
  • Writing across content areas
  • Mathematics instruction
  • Student engagement and collaboration
  • Instructional time
  • Create-and-learn versus sit-and-get
  • Professional learning
  • Assessment
  • Technology integration
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Adolescent Literacy: Research-based Strategies

Adolescent Literacy: Research-based Strategies | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Learning Unlimited

Professional Resources for Secondary Reading
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Melissa Molitor's curator insight, July 21, 2014 2:12 PM

In this blog, the author addresses many of the difficulties teachers might encounter with CCSS. While solutions are not offered, suggestions on research that is available are.

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Interpretations Differ on Common Core's Nonfiction Rule

Interpretations Differ on Common Core's Nonfiction Rule | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Teachers' understanding varies over how to balance fiction and nonfiction to meet the English/language arts standards.
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Common Core Timeline

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

State-level education officials have been setting academic standards for students in their own states since the late 1980s. As a result, education policy observers say, wide disparities between different state standards developed, making comparison of national performance data difficult.

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Early vocab lessons are too elementary

Early vocab lessons are too elementary | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Futurity.org


Research news from leading universities


MICHIGAN STATE / U. MICHIGAN (US) —Kindergarteners aren’t learning enough new words to prepare them for long-term reading comprehension, say researchers.



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Turnitin Launches Teaching Tool to Evaluate Online Sources -- THE Journal

Turnitin Launches Teaching Tool to Evaluate Online Sources -- THE Journal | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Turnitin has released Source Educational Evaluation Rubric, an evaluation tool designed to help writing students determine the academic quality of the Internet sources cited in their research papers.
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