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10 Strategies to Promote Deeper Learning

Author Bernie Trilling asked, "What would it take for more students to benefit from deeper learning?" Trilling was referring to education that pushes beyond the basics, is engaging and challenging, and prepares young people for college and careers.

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Common Core Becomes Common Standard for Students

Common Core Becomes Common Standard for Students | CommonCore | Scoop.it

As local schools contend with a host of new mandates from New York State this year, they are keeping in mind what may be the mother of all current educational reform — Common Core Learning Standards. (from The Sag Harbor Express)

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Developmental Studies Center: Common Core Standards Posts

This is the page showing all posts tagged with Common Core on the website for Developmental Studies Center. Check out their weekly CCSS tips.

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What Does Science Tell Us About Teaching Kids to Think?

The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.


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EssayTagger: Common Core Rubric Creation Tool

EssayTagger: Common Core Rubric Creation Tool | CommonCore | Scoop.it

EssayTagger has taken the Common Core State Standards and broken them down into manageable, assessable elements in order to make it easier to create real-world Common Core-aligned rubrics that will work for your classroom!

  • Pick-and-choose which elements you want to add to your custom rubric.
  • Everything is customizable; you aren't trapped into our interpretation of the standards.
  • Share your rubric with anyone on the Web; print it or save to PDF on a Mac; save to Excel (coming soon)
  • Come back and revise your rubric whenever necessary.
  • No registration required. It's just an awesome free tool!
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Hello Common Core, Goodbye ‘Huck Finn’

Hello Common Core, Goodbye ‘Huck Finn’ | CommonCore | Scoop.it

An 8-month-old taunted with racial slurs?

I was never so personally seared by bigotry than when I strolled my newly adopted son past a trio of adolescent boys on a Cape Cod sidewalk. Nine years later, their chant still haunts me. Chinc, chinc, chincee, go back to Chinatown!

When one of their mothers found out what they said, and harshly punished them – the boys learned a powerful lesson, albeit the hard way.

But many of life’s lessons are taught in the boundless classroom that is classic literature. Authors such as Mark Twain, Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson spur discussion, debate, emotional growth and, yes, literacy.

Sadly, children’s exposure to such texts is about to be diminished.

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Will Common Core and Digital Learning Lead to Deeper Blends?

"Provide student the skills and knowledge the will need to be success in the 21st century society." That's the goal of theWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Deeper Learning initiative. The Foundation convened grantees this week to discuss how to expand access to programs that promote better college and career preparation.

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Tactics for Securing Common Core Tests

Though the common-core assessments won’t go online until the 2014-15 school year, some states and school districts already administer online testing. With so many students taking online exams and many more expected to do so in the years to come, school districts and states are looking for ways to keep online assessments secure. Digital Directions spoke to a number of educational technology experts to identify common problems associated with online testing and what schools can do to fix them.

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High School Students Weigh in on Common Core Debate

High School Students Weigh in on Common Core Debate | CommonCore | Scoop.it

I received a series of emails from a high school Participation in Government class who found one of my older columns about common core online and were disappointed because they could no longer post replies. They are seniors at John Adams High School in Queens, New York, a "large" high school that the Bloomberg administration and the New York City Department of Education are threatening to either reorganize or close for poor performance. I want to share some of their emails because the clarity of their ideas and their level of literacy suggest to me that it is the Bloomberg administration, not the large high schools or their teachers and students, that is failing the people of New York.

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Common Core Tech. Demands Raise Budget Worries

In the next couple of years, most public school students will be expected to be taking tests online, instead of using pencil and paper, because of their states’ adoption of the Common Core State Standards. But in this time of tight budgets, many school districts are wondering how they will pay for improvements they may need to make to their technological infrastructure to test large numbers of students online under the common-core initiative by the 2014-15 school year.

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Adaptive Testing Evolves to Assess Common-Core Skills

Adaptive Testing Evolves to Assess Common-Core Skills | CommonCore | Scoop.it

When Delaware switched to computer-adaptive testing for its state assessments three years ago, officials found the results were available more quickly, the amount of time students spent taking tests decreased, and the tests provided more reliable information about what students knew—especially those at the very low and high ends of the spectrum.

But the path to launching those tests involved a significant education of students, parents, and teachers, a sizeable technology investment by the state, and the development of hundreds of test items for every exam.

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Common Core Connections: Unpacking Academic Vocabulary

Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core Vocabulary Standards? While there are many specific vocabulary standards clearly listed in the K-12 Language strand, it's helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view known as Shift 6. Let's unpack it.

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Common Core Assessments Q & A: Part 2 of 2

Common Core Assessments Q & A: Part 2 of 2 | CommonCore | Scoop.it
Part two of an interview with George Rislov. From CompassLearning.
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction Smackdown

Everyone hopes the new Common Core standards will get students out of a reading slump. But the standards’ demand for more nonfiction reading is being resisted by English teachers.

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Performance Tasks and Assessment resources for Common Core

From the wiki maintained by hardingmathspecialist. 


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New Teaching Channel Videos Can Help You Teach Digital Literacy, Align Lessons To The Common Core |

New Teaching Channel Videos Can Help You Teach Digital Literacy, Align Lessons To The Common Core | | CommonCore | Scoop.it
At Common Sense Media, we understand how important, and sometimes challenging, it can be to teach lessons that align with ELA Common Core (CC) Standar... (RT @edutopia: RT @CommonSenseEdu: Teach digital literacy & align lessons to #CCSS?

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Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing

Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing | CommonCore | Scoop.it

Argument writing is one of three types of writing stressed in the Common Core Standards for English, history, and science/technical studies. As I transition from persuasive to argument writing, my focus is on using technology to engage and support students throughout the process. Tall order. Here are some of the strategies I used to teach argument writing.

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8 Strategies for Designing Lesson Plans to Meet the CCSS Opinion and Argument Writing Requirements > Eye On Education

8 Strategies for Designing Lesson Plans to Meet the CCSS Opinion and Argument Writing Requirements > Eye On Education | CommonCore | Scoop.it

For years, teachers have been designing persuasive writing lessons for their students. The Common Core State Standards are changing that by asking teachers to move away from persuasion and toward argumentation. Argumentation (called opinion writing in the elementary grades) is preferred by the CCSS because it is more rigorous and more in line with the kind of writing students will be expected to do in college and careers.

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Graphic: Common core state standards initiative

Graphic: Common core state standards initiative | CommonCore | Scoop.it

Here are some of the concepts that are being moved from one grade level to another in grades K-6 in math to accommodate the standards. The examples, however, don't necessarily reflect the first time the subjects are addressed.

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Importance of classroom technology increasing

Importance of classroom technology increasing | CommonCore | Scoop.it

The adoption of new academic standards in New Hampshire’s schools has administrators across the state discussing just how the changes will be implemented. When it comes to Common Core State Standards in Nashua, the use of technology is high on the agenda.

“We’ve been spending very little as a district in the last five or six years, very little on materials, and that has to change,” Superintendent Mark Conrad said. “And it started to change this year when we budgeted for the iPads… and were going to have to continue.”

Nashua’s sixth-grade science classes were outfitted with 270 iPads this year at a cost of nearly $200,000. When the district learned six months ago that iPads could be used to take common core assessments, their use value increased, as did the likelihood of acquiring more.

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Partnering for Common Core Success

Partnering for Common Core Success | CommonCore | Scoop.it

This week, the California STEM Learning Network will convene its annual California STEM Summit, bringing together leaders from education, business, philanthropy, academia, industry, government and nonprofits alike to catalyze STEM teaching and learning across the state and create a blueprint for how other states can follow suit.

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Common Ground Common Core

A couple of you reminded me after I wrote about the need for a positive agenda for CPS (CTU & Reformers Both Wrong) that I'd forgotten to mention perhaps the two biggest challenges coming down the the pike this year -- Common Core and the 2013 ISAT reset -- and that CPS and CTU might actually be able to join forces and make some good things happen. Or not.

We haven't talked about it much on this site, but unless something's changed, CPS is still moving ahead with the upgraded curriculum, and I haven't heard CTU murmuring that they don't like it.

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Common Core Practice | Young Voters, College Rankings and Food Journeys

Common Core Practice | Young Voters, College Rankings and Food Journeys | CommonCore | Scoop.it

Each Friday we post three Common Core-aligned reading and writing tasks inspired by New York Times reporting and opinion pieces, and classroom-designed and tested by teachers Sarah Gross and Jonathan Olsen and their ninth grade humanities students.

This week, two of the prompts come from their classroom, and we’ve added a third of our own that uses The Times’s Room for Debate, an excellent resource for argumentative writing.

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Are You Tech-Ready for the Common Core?

School districts are raising concerns about their ability to be technologically ready to give Common Core State Standards assessments to students online in two years. Administrators say they remain uncertain about the types of devices to buy, the bandwidth they need, and the funding available for technology improvements.

An initial round of data collection launched to determine technology gaps for schools preparing for the common-core online assessments has so far had limited participation from districts and many states. And state and national education groups are detecting a rising level of anxiety among school and district leaders regarding the technology they feel is necessary to implement online testing by the 2014-15 deadline.

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Undermining higher order thinking in the pursuit of the mundane…

Undermining higher order thinking in the pursuit of the mundane… | CommonCore | Scoop.it
My district has made a strong commitment to starting to switch over to Common Core standards before the 2014 deadline. How committed? Folks have been sent to trainings, in the face of a $28M budget shortfall. Hearing what was being brought back, second-hand, was not giving me a good idea of what the district has in mind, so I made the leap of volunteering to go as a representative from my site, to the district’s Common Core ELA leadership cadre. I went with a co-worker who has been attending these meetings for the last two years. Apparently things are becoming clearer, but that’s not necessarily better.
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