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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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Tim Shanahan Talks CCSS Instructional Shifts - #CommonCore

Tim Shanahan Talks CCSS Instructional Shifts - #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX


In this webinar, Tim Shanahan discusses CCSS Instructional Shifts in English Language Arts.

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Writing: 3 Short Writing Ideas | Common Core Practice

Writing: 3 Short Writing Ideas | Common Core Practice | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Three writing prompts based on recent Times content, devised and tested by a ninth-grade class in New Jersey. 


Each Friday we collaborate with a classroom in New Jersey to test and publish three short writing ideas that address Common Core Standards and that are grounded in New York Times content.

This week, the teachers, Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, and their ninth graders were just as taken with the following:


  1. Narrative Writing - Dining: “As Not Seen On TV” Common Core Standards: RI2, RI4, RI5, RI6, RI10, W3, W4, W5, W10, RH4, RH5, RH8
  2. Argumentative Writing - Editorial: “The Elite Eight, on the Federal Radar” Common Core Standards: RI2, RI6, RI8, RI10, W1, W4, W5, W9, W10, RH2
  3. Argumentative Writing - Business: “Facebook’s False Faces” Common Core Standards: RI1, RI6, R18, RI10, W1, W4, W5, W10, RH2
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Love these ideas! Teaching AP Language, I can see how I could easily incorporate and even expand upon these real world topics in the classroom.

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For some high school math teachers, a Common Core head start | GothamSchools

For some high school math teachers, a Common Core head start | GothamSchools | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

...some high school teachers are seeking out help with the Common Core now, reasoning that it’s smart to work with the new standards while there’s still time to troubleshoot before students face tests based on them.

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Shanahan on Literacy

Too Much of a Good Thing? Shanahan on Literacy | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

The research show us two things:

1. The amount of explicit instruction is very important in student learning and that

2. Instruction requires lots of interaction between teachers and students.

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Microsoft admits only half of 32GB Surface RT storage is usable

Microsoft admits only half of 32GB Surface RT storage is usable | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Bloatware built in...
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#Literacy Instruction Expected to Cross Disciplines

#Literacy Instruction Expected to Cross Disciplines | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The common standards require science, history/social studies, and other teachers to help their students' literacy development.
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#CommonCore Standards Drive New Approaches to Reading

#CommonCore Standards Drive New Approaches to Reading | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Schools nationwide are revamping reading instruction, involving more disciplines and tilting toward nonfiction, among other changes.
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Common-Core Deal in Florida Sparks Legal Feud

Common-Core Deal in Florida Sparks Legal Feud | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Florida Department of Education is in a bitter dispute with a software company it hired to create online resources aligned with the standards for teachers and students.
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New Literacy Research Infuses Common Core

New Literacy Research Infuses Common Core | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In the 15 years since the National Reading Panel convened, researchers have learned a few things about teaching reading.


CCSS Supported by Research


1. Close Reading - The standards first set out that children build knowledge through their close reading of texts, a concept "consistent with the last 20-30 years of research

2. Cross-Content Literacy - The second big idea is its grounding in the disciplines.

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Do new standards mean reading in school will get real? - KansasCity.com

Do new standards mean reading in school will get real? - KansasCity.com | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The intent of the Common Core State Standards is clear. Schools need to graduate students who are ready for college and careers. Getting there won’t be easy.
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#CommonCore and #ELL Themes I’m Seeing

#CommonCore and #ELL Themes I’m Seeing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
I recently had the opportunity to facilitate three roundtable discussions on the implementation of the CCSS for ELLs in Miami, Florida. These conversations took place at the ninth National Summit o...
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Use of Blogging to Address the #CommonCore | Eric Sheninger

One major instructional shift required by the Common Core Curriculum Standards is the increased emphasis on the use of informational texts.

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High Standards Help Struggling Students: New Evidence | Education Sector

High Standards Help Struggling Students: New Evidence | Education Sector | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Do higher standards hurt struggling students? High Standards Help Struggling Students: New Evidence, argues that the answer to that question is “no.” In the analysis, Education Sector analysts Constance Clark and Peter Cookson Jr. use state-by-state NAEP data to examine the effect of high standards on student achievement. They find there is no evidence that high standards have hurt low-achieving students. In fact, they found that higher standards have probably helped.


"There is no reason for states to dilute the strength of the standards with lower expectations of performance.” High standards bring out the best in students."

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Six Traits for Identifying Complex Texts > Eye On Education

Six Traits for Identifying Complex Texts > Eye On Education | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards for Reading call upon students in grades K-12 to read and comprehend complex literary and information texts independen...
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States Target 3rd Grade Reading

States Target 3rd Grade Reading | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Many states now require the identification of struggling readers and, in some places, retaining them until their skills are up to par.
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Scale Tips Toward Nonfiction Under #CommonCore

Scale Tips Toward Nonfiction Under #CommonCore | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
To satisfy college and workplace demands, the standards' framers are telling schools to shift more attention to informational text.
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Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula

Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
The subject's ascent stems from its emphasis in the common core, feedback from colleges and the workplace, and emerging research.
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New GED aligned with #CommonCore - price is rising too

The increased price of the new GED test debuting in 2014 could discourage some people from taking it, in spite of the advantages it offers.
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Five Old School Practices... that will raise student achievement | Annie Murphy Paul

Five Old School Practices... that will raise student achievement | Annie Murphy Paul | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
More schools are getting rid of "old-fashioned" skills like penmanship and multiplication tables, but research shows students benefit from classic teaching methods.


“the key was taking that old-school method and encouraging students to use their knowledge to practice higher-level thinking skills.”


Five Old School Practices

  1. Vocabulary - Research confirms that instruction in word roots allows students to learn new vocabulary and figure out the meaning of words in context more easily.
  2. Memorization - Rapid mental retrieval of basic facts is a prerequisite for doing more complex, and more interesting, kinds of math
  3. Practice - The only way to achieve this “automaticity,” so far as anyone has been able to determine, is to practice.
  4. Argumentation - Educational research on argumentation demonstrates that it helps students learn better too.
  5. Read Aloud - When students are read to frequently by a teacher, their vocabulary and their grasp of syntax and sentence structure improves.





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Why Listening Is So Much More Than Hearing

Why Listening Is So Much More Than Hearing | College and Career-Ready Standards for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Hearing, for the most part, is a no-brainer. When we listen, that’s when the neurons really fire.
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