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Free Technology for Teachers: 500+ Political Cartoons & 100+ Editorial Cartoon Lesson Plans

Free Technology for Teachers: 500+ Political Cartoons & 100+ Editorial Cartoon Lesson Plans | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Library of Congress hosts an online collection of more than 500 political cartoons and caricatures from U.S. History. You can search the collection by keyword and image type. Along with the images you will find links to related resources from the Library of Congress. You could use these public domain works to help students understand the political perspectives surrounding significant political events in U.S. History. A good model for political cartoon-based lesson plans can be found on Cartoons for the Classroom.

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Many exercises are aligned to Common Core as well. This particular one features a cartoon and questions on the recent birth in England's royal family.

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Achieve the Core: Instructional Practice Guide

Achieve the Core: Instructional Practice Guide | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Instructional Practice Guide includes coaching and lesson planning tools to help teachers and those who support teachers to make the Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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Survey: Common Core standards working well

Survey: Common Core standards working well | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Common Core academic guidelines for public schools are sowing controversy, but teachers in states where the math and reading standards have been in place longest say they work well.
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Top 12 Resources for Educators | PARCC

Top 12 Resources for Educators | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC has created a list of valuable resources for educators. Be sure to download and share with your colleagues today.  

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How Google Apps for Education Can Help You Implement Common Core

Imagine giving more than 5,000 students an e-mail address, access to 30 GB of cloud storage and the ability to collaborate with each other. This is what the Pascagoula School District (MS) did during the 2013-2014 school year. When Mississippi adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010, Pascagoula saw that there would be a growing requirement for increased levels of student collaboration, and students and teachers would need to master technical skills such as keyboarding and online research. The district began preparing by adding thumb drives to the supply lists, but we needed a way for students to connect and collaborate with fellow students as well as teachers. Students also needed a way to share and store documents and class presentations. The solution was Google Apps for Education (GAFE).
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ReadWorks Offers New Common Core-aligned Science Articles for High School Students

ReadWorks Offers New Common Core-aligned Science Articles for High School Students | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ReadWorks is a great non-profit service that offers hundreds of lesson plans and more than two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. Recently, ReadWorks added a new batch of science passages with accompanying question sets to use in high school classrooms. 

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Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products | Achieve

Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products | Achieve | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products)is an initiative of the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

The objectives are two-fold:

Increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CCSS that are available to elementary, middle, and high school teachers as soon as possible; andBuild the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.
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ReadWorks Adds Vocabulary Lists to Accompany Common Core-aligned Reading Passages

ReadWorks Adds Vocabulary Lists to Accompany Common Core-aligned Reading Passages | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ReadWorks is a free service that has cataloged hundreds of lesson plans and nearly two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. Vocabulary lists and lessons are the latest addition to ReadWorks. Now when you select a passage and a lesson in ReadWorks you can find a list of key vocabulary words to go with the passage. Click on a word in one of the vocabulary lists to find its definition and a list of sample uses of the word. At the bottom of the vocabulary list you will find PDF of practice exercises to give to students.


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PARCC Professional Development Modules and Presentations at #ECET2NE

PARCC Professional Development Modules and Presentations at #ECET2NE | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As many states move to full adoption of PARCC this Spring, Massachusetts is in the second year of its “Test Drive” with about 60% of 3-8 schoolschoosing to give PARCC rather than MCAS.  To support schools, teaches, and families as they implement the new assessment system, PARCC has released two of five virtual professional development modules.  The following is a short description of the two released professional development modules with links to them:

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, September 3, 10:34 AM

Two informative and thoughtful GoogleSlides that may answer and/or provoke questions among your staff and parents.

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Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

Common-Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The PARCC consortium drops some items from its literacy test, saying that it could still test the standards sufficiently with fewer items.
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Lessons Learned, Technology | PARCC

Lessons Learned, Technology | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As part of the field test administration this past spring, the PARCC states collected feedback from participants, including students, test administrators, test coordinators and classroom teachers. This is the third in a series of articles that will culminate in a release of a complete “Lessons Learned” in September.

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Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand, Part 2

Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand, Part 2 | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App Flows” at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference this November in Raleigh, NC.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 20, 8:56 AM

As more and more teachers and schools begin to realize their students will be assessed over these standards later this school year, this type of information, though not new, will grow in practical need and importance.

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How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core

How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

At a time when many teachers and parents (and students!) can feel overwhelmed by the seeming overabundance of standardized tests and educational standards more generally, it falls to the teacher to help the students and parents understand how all of this fits into the larger picture of what students will need to know and be able to do to be successful in the future. This means helping them understand how educational standards fit into 21st century learning, a concept that to many seems contradictory.

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CCSS Math: Core Truths

CCSS Math: Core Truths | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Diane Bars, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), addresses the common misconceptions surrounding mathematics in the Common Core and dispels two myths.

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Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat?

Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This example of leveling—adjusting the difficulty of text to suit the ability of the reader—comes courtesy of Newsela, an online reading program for students in grade three through high school that offers stories about current events “written to multiple levels of complexity.” Although Newsela went live less than 18 months ago, the notion of leveling students’ reading material goes back more than six decades. Today, technology is changing the nature of this long-established pedagogical practice. At the same time, proponents of the Common Core are raising new questions about the educational value of leveling, seconding the standards’ emphasis on having all students grapple with the same “complex texts.”

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, October 16, 12:19 PM

My thoughts: the Common Core does not promote having students read frustrating text all of the time. Indeed, the standards are about stretching our students' capacities but not at the risk of losing all motivation and curiosity to overbearing challenge. Balance is key to growing background knowledge, deepening reading comprehension (which depends on background knowledge), and strengthening reading persistence. Balance, please.

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Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia

Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

About two-thirds of district superintendents say states should stick with their common-core testing consortia, while 16 percent remain on the fence over the issue, according to results from a new survey.

 
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Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Handwriting in the Time of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
My father, who had no more than an eighth grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And, this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper.  But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) don’t even mention handwriting, cursive, or manuscript printing. Nevertheless, It is evident that the standards writers expect kids to learn some form of these—since the standards explicitly call for students to engage in written composition; and this would be hard to do if one had no way of getting words on paper.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 22, 12:00 PM

This is a nice short article with a concise summary at the end. It does not diminish keyboarding and leaves it open that handwriting, in its many forms, is an important skill which enables other skills. It does not mean we won't use digital technologies in writing, but we can include many forms of writing.

 

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Shanahan on Literacy: A Closer Look at Close Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: A Closer Look at Close Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

While I understand the purpose of close-reading I don't understand why you should take the time to read deeper into a document. Some things were written simply and what we now interpret as a symbol, may not have been intended to be a symbol. How can we as readers determine what is meant to be read into and what is to be left alone?

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16 Common Core Technology Tools--With Examples -

16 Common Core Technology Tools--With Examples - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

16 Common Core Technology Tools For Speaking & Listening by Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters, Presenters at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference The Speaking and Listening strand of the Common...

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Close Reading Strategies, Rubrics, and Sample Assessments for History Teachers

Close Reading Strategies, Rubrics, and Sample Assessments for History Teachers | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has an excellent resource for history teachers. The UMBC Assessment Resource Center for Historyoffers sample assessments based on readings from six eras in U.S. history. The assessments include multiple choice question and performance tasks based on close reading exercises. The performance task assessments include scoring rubrics, sample responses from students, and the documents that students need in order to complete the performance tasks. Click here (link opens PDF) for a sample performance task.


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, September 22, 11:15 AM

These are the types of resources teachers need to support their implementation of Common Core Standards in the disciplines. Please share with social studies teachers!

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50-State Look at How Common Core Playing out in US

50-State Look at How Common Core Playing out in US | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards: ——— ALABAMA The state school board folded Common Core into the state's College and Career Ready Standards for public schools and has been defending the decision ever since. Legislators introduced bills in 2013...
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Common Core: Explicit vs. Implicit Information

Common Core: Explicit vs. Implicit Information | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Words like "explicit," "implicit," and "inference" sound like a foreign language to most students, yet the Common Core expects students to "read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it." Students must be able to identify both explicit and implicit
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Shanahan on Literacy: To Teach Comprehension Strategies or Not to Teach Them

Shanahan on Literacy: To Teach Comprehension Strategies or Not to Teach Them | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

What I’m saying is that in the past we taught strategies—overtaught strategies???—but we then asked students to apply them to relatively easy texts (texts at the students' instructional levels). Now, the new standards are asking us to ignore strategies while assigning harder texts.

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Great article on the discussion of teaching reading strategies.

 

Bottom line:  "I would encourage you to continue to teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text. The point would be to make it possible for kids to make sense of truly challenging texts; the use of strategies could be enough to allow some kids to scaffold their own reading successfully--meaning they might be able to read frustration level texts as if they were written at their instructional level."

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Pam Foust's curator insight, August 27, 9:09 AM

Great response to teaching comprehension strategies.

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The Right Tests, Not More Tests | PARCC

The Right Tests, Not More Tests | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I’m happy to report that reviewers concluded that the PARCC states could reduce the number of test questions and passages, especially in the lower grade levels, and still provide the information that teachers, students and parents need to measure student progress and adjust instruction, and that schools and states need to be able to compare student progress. Meanwhile, the PARCC states are in the midst of a thorough review of the data on how long students spent answering questions on the field test. In a few weeks, we will be able to give school districts and schools clear information about how long tests will take so they can schedule their spring 2015 testing, a major undertaking.

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At last, accountability for textbook publishers? | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

At last, accountability for textbook publishers? | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Nearly all American K–12 students are exposed to it every day. It decides, in large part, what students will learn in school and how they will learn it. It is never evaluated for quality in any serious way, but when it is rigorously evaluated, its impact on student achievement is significant.

 

No, this isn’t another blog about teachers. I’m talking textbooks. We need good textbooks in front of kids just as badly as we need good teachers. However, from a research and policy perspective, improving textbook quality is a lot easier.

 

A little-noticed report last week in Education Week described a new initiative to be the Consumer Reports of textbooks. A new nonprofit called EdReports plans to post “free online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards.” If they’re careful, credible, and diligent, this initiative could turn the lights up on a largely ignored factor in student outcomes that is ripe for analysis and improvement. And it could even blunt some of the more heated criticisms of the Common Core. Here’s why I think EdReports, and textbooks in general, matter:

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 20, 9:01 AM

The idea of a Consumer Reports slant to reviews of all material purported to be Common Core aligned could be a boon for schools and teachers: most importantly, for the teaching and learning of our children. It could also be beneficial to smaller publishers doing good work in developing Common Core materials but unknown because they are small and outspent by the large educational publishing companies.

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A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards

A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Center for Education Policy (CEP) put together this compendium, which very briefly summarizes published research on many different aspects of the Common Core. The objective is to create an accessible and readable overview of current research that can inform implementation, policy discussions, and the development of future research on the Common Core.

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America Achieves: Welcome

America Achieves: Welcome | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This is a video and lesson resource project to assist teachers and principals around the nation. The video modules on this site exemplify the key shifts that the Common Core brings to classroom pedagogy.

 

America Achieves released 10 new videos of great teachers, along with related lesson plans and resources. All the videos come with the cues for Deeper Learning as well as the Common Core shifts

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