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Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » Webinar Series to Offer Resources, Tools on Common Core

Ed Prep Matters | AACTE Blog » Webinar Series to Offer Resources, Tools on Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

AACTE has partnered with Achieve Inc. to provide a series of webinars on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) this spring for teacher preparation programs.

 

In the summer and fall of 2013, AACTE surveyed its members about the activities programs have undertaken relative to CCSS and what resources AACTE might provide to support members’ understanding and capacity to address the standards. A majority of respondents cited access to CCSS-aligned lesson plans and rubrics as the number-one resource they needed.

 
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More Lessons and Resources From Achieve The Core

More Lessons and Resources From Achieve The Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Liven up your math class with a quick Annotated Task. Available for every grade, these mathematic tasks exemplify the focus, coherence, and rigor of the Standards. For more Common Core-aligned tasks and lesson ideas, check out Illustrative Mathematics.

 

 

Explore the ELA/Literacy Bank. Here you will find a library of hundreds of free, teacher-developed Common Core-aligned lessons to use alongside the popular stories, nonfiction texts, basal readers, and anthologies you’re already using in your classroom.

Achievethecore.org materials are all free and designed for you to download and adapt to meet the needs of your students.

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Testing Overload in America’s Schools

Testing Overload in America’s Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

New, more rigorous tests that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards—which serve as guideposts for what students in grades K-12 should know in reading and math—will be administered broadly this school year. The prospect of this expanded rollout has spawned growing concern among teachers over how the results will be used to evaluate teacher and school performance. At the same time, the new tests have generated hope among advocates that the low-quality, fill-in-the-bubble tests that states currently use, and the added assessments that districts require to compensate for them, will finally become a thing of the past.

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Takeaway: The intent is that better designed and more rigorous assessments will replace low end bubble-type assessments thus driving improved student learning outcomes.

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Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products

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

As the Common Core State Standards have reached into schools and classrooms, we've written a lot about the lack of good, aligned instructional resources for them. We've written, too, about projects such as EQuIP, which are trying to fill that vacuum by analyzing materials and posting their reviews.

 

Since we first wrote about EQuIP, back in February, the organization has added many new sets of math and English/language arts materials to its website. About 50 lessons and units with positive ratings are now part of EQuIP's online library of exemplars. (EQuIP doesn't post the ones with negative reviews.)

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WKSU News: Tallmadge teacher uses honor as a platform

WKSU News: Tallmadge teacher uses honor as a platform | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"We’re now asking kids to do critical thinking again, where before, we were more or less imparting content just for the sake of regurgitation on a test and it wasn’t really serving a purpose," Michalec says. "When I look at Common Core, I’m looking at a return to fundamentals."
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For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity

For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Women and girls continue to benefit from dramatically increased educational opportunities. Due in large part to the success of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, more than half of the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees awarded by U.S. colleges today are earned by women. Yet despite this progress, large gender-based disparities and inequities in education and employment persist. In particular, girls of color and girls from low-income backgrounds underperform academically compared with their white, higher-income peers

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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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5 Tips to Help Develop Common-Core-Aligned IEPs

5 Tips to Help Develop Common-Core-Aligned IEPs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One challenge for teachers that is not going away this year is figuring out efficient ways to incorporate Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To help, Edudemic has assembled this step-by-step guide with 5 tips for developing Common Core-aligned IEPs.

 
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State names for Common Core standards

State names for Common Core standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
According to a survey by the Education Commission of the States, many states have ditched the Common Core State Standards name in favor of others that don't carry as much political baggage.
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Does this mean that words speak?

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Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges

Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This report, based on a survey of a nationally representative sample of school districts in Common Core-adopting states, examines school districts’ efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 


The report addresses district leaders’ views on the rigor of the CCSS and their impact on learning and instruction, progress on and challenges in implementing the standards, outreach efforts to inform various stakeholders about the CCSS, district collaboration with other entities on various implementation activities, and the types and helpfulness of CCSS-related assistance from the state education agency.

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Kids Hone Tech Skills as Common Core Exams Move Online

Kids Hone Tech Skills as Common Core Exams Move Online | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Schools are preparing for the new Common Core exams, which students will take on a computer.

 

The state's Department of Education expects to phase in the computer-based tests over the next several years, starting as early as the 2015-16 school year, officials said.

 

"The question is not if there will be computer-based testing, but when and how," Education Commissioner John King recently said.

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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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