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Using Informational Text to Teach Literature – How to Find Great Informational Texts

Using Informational Text to Teach Literature – How to Find Great Informational Texts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Finding the right informational text can seem daunting, but it is possible and can be very rewarding for both you and your students. Sometimes you’ll find the right piece with your first internet search; other times it can be a very time-­‐consuming hunt. The key is finding pieces that your students will want to read either because they connect with what you’ve been doing in class or because they are topically interesting to them. So, here are some tips and resources.

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The resilience of Common Core

The resilience of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
I keep up on Common Core news religiously. In the last few weeks, I’ve amassed a stack of 30 articles and reports, trying to come up with a clever, cogent argument for what they mean when considered together.

 

With so many tangled veins in the debate—and with so much venom coursing through each—I almost gave up. But this morning, while reading a new account of supposedly mounting state-level opposition, it hit me: at least for the moment, the common element of recent Common Core news is the resilience of the standards themselves.

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... the resilience of the standards themselves.

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Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns

Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“We got so interested in Common Core because we saw such a huge number of students not being prepared to go on to college,” Melinda Gatestold Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

 

Gates attributes this to different education standards from state to state. She said it was time for something “different.” That different standard was the Common Core, which has now been adopted fully by 45 states.

 

“We saw the difference they could make in kids lives and we also saw that it brought flexibility to the way you were teaching and that teachers could start to collaborate with one another on lesson plans,” Gates said. “We can help come up with tools that help teachers teach the Common Core. If a teacher wants to teach ‘The Scarlet Letter’ or ‘Beloved’ or ‘The Secret Life of Bees,’ we can have tools there that then help them teach and then scaffold those lessons appropriately to meet the needs of their students.”

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A Parent Sees Positive Changes With the Common Core

A Parent Sees Positive Changes With the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Jaime Hawn knew little about the Common Core when she began volunteering at her children’s Boone County, Kentucky, school. Now she’s a champion for the Core.

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Common Core Video Series: National PTA

Common Core Video Series: National PTA | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This video series was developed through a partnership with the Hunt Institute as part of National PTA’s ongoing effort to provide accurate information about the Common Core State Standards and to assist PTA membership with developing grassroots advocacy skills.

The Common Core State Standard videos were designed to educate parents on the Common Core State Standards and empower them to support the transition at school and at home. The videos highlight three key principles:

We need clear, consistent and rigorous standards across the country to ensure all students—regardless of their zip code—graduate with the higher order thinking skills needed for college and careers. The standards reflect the relevant knowledge and skills that young people need to succeed in college and to build and maintain an American workforce that can compete in the global economy.National PTA’s goal is for parents to be knowledgeable about the standards and new assessments and to support them every step of the way as states transition to the standards.
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Myth of the Month: Common Core Is Dumbing Down Education for the College-Bound

Myth of the Month: Common Core Is Dumbing Down Education for the College-Bound | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The myth du jour asserts that Common Core will fail to prepare students for college and instead will actually dumb down education. Yes, you read that right; detractors have gone so far as to forecast "dumber" students as a result of these higher standards for achievement.

 

This specious argument against CCSS falls apart quickly. Careful analysis of the standards verifies that they align with those in the highest-performing countries on international comparisons, and they have received the highest possible rating for content and rigor from the conservative Fordham Institute, a tireless advocate for higher standards.

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You have teacher friends in areas already supporting CCSS, what's the feeling elsewhere?

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OPINION SHAPER: The Common Core state standards are what we need

OPINION SHAPER: The Common Core state standards are what we need | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Among college freshmen, 30 percent do not return the second year, resulting in millions of dollars lost and dreams dashed.

 

One reason is they feel defeated by heavy reading loads. Most are surprised that 85 percent of the learning they are to do is from texts and that their professors want them to come already having “learned” the material because class is for clarifying, analyzing and applying.

 

Many “good” readers have difficulty reading academic texts, not realizing that reading-to-learn is an intensely active process: a quest to construct understanding, problem-solve, and evaluate the author’s information, intentions and biases.

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Which States Are Role Models for Common-Core Implementation?

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Partially motivated by a desire to move beyond the political strife around the Common Core State Standards, the Center for American Progress released a report last week outlining various strategies used by teachers, administrators, and elected officials to help implement the standards.

 

The Washington think tank highlighted curriculum development in Colorado, teacher evaluations in New Haven, Conn., and teacher preparation in Arizona as potential models for states to use as they fully transition to the standards in the 2014-15 academic year.

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32,000 Chromebooks: How a Virginia school system bet on Google's PC platform

32,000 Chromebooks: How a Virginia school system bet on Google's PC platform | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As Chromebooks gain serious traction in the education market, schools are beginning to work through massive deployments of Google's cloud-based laptops. For example, Milwaukee Public Schools rolled out 11,400 devices, Edmonton Public Schools rolled out 13,000 devices, and Chicago Public Schools topped them both at 16,000 devices.

 
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graphite | The best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning

graphite | The best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Common Sense Media welcomes you to Graphite, a platform we created to make it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom. 

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These types of tools that connect ed tech with CCSS are "okay" - I wonder who did the alignment, how are the tools implemented, and how are the learning outcomes measured.

 

It's a starting point ... definitely not the finish line in planning.

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How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps

How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Killing a learner’s natural curiosity doesn’t happen overnight. It can take as long as 12 years, and in some rare cases even that isn’t long enough.

 

Learning environments focused on standards, assessment, and compliance allow for the implementation of research-based strategies in pursuit of streams of data to prove that learning is happening. Curiosity is nice, but it’s a monumental challenge to measure.

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An oldie but goodie article offers something to think about as we implement a new way of teaching to more rigorous standards.

 

In my experience teaching at the college level, I encounter some graduates of K-12 schools who appear passive, unable to ask profound questions and indifferent to seeking answers. It's no fault of teachers or students but rather the low level assessments to which they have been held accountable for the past few years. These are assessments are what we've held up as a goal.

 

From what I've been learning about Common Core standards and their assessments, teaching and learning in the K-12 classroom will result in graduates who are able to think more deeply, independently and most importantly ask questions that matter.

 

 

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Reading List | The Top 100 Best-Selling Education Books of 2014 (So Far)

Reading List  | The Top 100 Best-Selling Education Books of 2014 (So Far) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Our education lists are compiled by Deborah Hofmann, senior editor of the New York Times best-seller lists. She created this one by looking at every adult nonfiction title that was reported each week to the New York Times best-seller lists though May 31, in both print and electronic formats.

 

As she explained in December, Ms. Hofmann classifies a book as “education” if it tries to “teach the reader, or tell us how we learn or why we learn — or, sometimes, why we do not.” This time, however, she narrowed the criteria slightly by removing any books that might more appropriately be classified first as “parenting” rather than “education.” So, for instance, Andrew Solomon’s “Far From the Tree,” No. 8 on that earlier list, does not appear here.

 
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Major Education Leaders Express Support For The Common Core

Major Education Leaders Express Support For The Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher education leaders in 33 states on Tuesday announced the formation of a coalition in support of Common Core education standards rolling out in most states.

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Common Core Validation Committee Co-Chair Lays Out Research Behind Higher Standards in New Paper

Common Core Validation Committee Co-Chair Lays Out Research Behind Higher Standards in New Paper | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In the paper, Conley details the voluntary, state-led process that state education chiefs and governors created to develop the Common Core State Standards as well as the research that educators reviewed while writing the standards. He also analyzes several common myths that have popped up in states across the country and dispels them with facts from the standards. 

"I encourage everyone who is interested in the Common Core State Standards to read through this paper and inform themselves regarding the development and validity of the standards as a framework for preparing students to lead fulfilling lives as productive citizens in an increasingly complex economy and society," said Conley. 

"Through this paper, David T. Conley provides a historic and accurate account of the development of the Common Core State Standards. I know this will serve as a great reference and resource to teachers, parents, and education leaders across our states," said Chris Minnich, Executive Director of CCSSO.

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11 iPad Apps That Promote Close-Reading

11 iPad Apps That Promote Close-Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Close-reading is the product of a dynamic and deeply personal interaction between the reader and a text. It is an active process characterized by questioning, adjusting reading rate, judgement thinking, and dozens of other “strategies” readers use to make sense of what they’re reading.

 

This is an interaction that doesn’t require technology, but can be changed by it.  It is a matter of fluency, strategy, and will. Two of these are easier to promote in students than the third (we’ll let you guess which are which).

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Common Core Standards: When you really think about it this teacher explains...

Common Core Standards: When you really think about it this teacher explains... | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"When you really understand the #CCSS, you start to see there's a lot kids can get out of it" https://t.co/9qKoQVLrou http://t.co/w8uSEeeKkC
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Spotlight on Common Core Strategies for Teachers

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The Education Week Spotlight on Common Core Strategies for Teachers is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

Developing best practices for common core implementationDeepening assessments to create “teacher-researchers” in the classroomUsing teacher collaboration to support the needs of special education and ESL studentsFocusing on oral communication to boost speaking and listening skills in students

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

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Teachers, the Common Core, and the freedom to teach

Teachers, the Common Core, and the freedom to teach | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

There are undoubtedly some teachers who dislike the Common Core, but recent polls suggest that most teachers support the new standards. During my three years of teaching (completed a month ago), most of my colleagues and I liked the Common Core. One reason we supported the new standards was because they gave us more freedom. Detractors claim that standards tell teachers how to teach. But I taught Common Core after teaching Tennessee’s state standards, and while Common Core did give me expectations for what my students should know and be able to do by the end of the year (just like the previous standards did), it allowedme to decide what and how to teach.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 15, 9:47 AM

During my first years of teaching, the texts we were to teach were dictated as were the objectives for teaching. The curriculum was a good one--I have no doubt that all Common Core Standards would have been met. But...I had no decision making power AT ALL. The #CCSS give the power of choice to the teacher's professional discretion...and that is a good thing.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, July 15, 9:48 AM

During my first years of teaching, the texts we were to teach were dictated as were the objectives for teaching. The curriculum was a good one--I have no doubt that all Common Core Standards would have been met. But...I had no decision making power AT ALL. The #CCSS give the power of choice to the teacher's professional discretion...and that is a good thing.

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Shanahan on Literacy: The New Bane of Beginning Reading Instruction: Phony Rigor

Shanahan on Literacy: The New Bane of Beginning Reading Instruction: Phony Rigor | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I’m pro rigor. And I believe my bona fides are in order on that one. I’ve argued for teaching children to read very early for more than 40 years; even teaching my own kids to read before they entered school (and, yes, I’m working on the grandchildren already; their ages range from 5 months to 3-years-old). The time to teach young kids to read is when you become responsible for the child and not a moment earlier.

 

Given all of that, I find myself in an uncomfortable position: I think beginning reading instruction (Grades K-1) is going off the rails, specifically because of attempts to impose rigor on those grades that goes beyond anything that makes sense.

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Understanding Perspectives on American Public Education

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This Gallup research study of K-12 superintendents in the United States was developed to track and understand their opinions on important topics and issues facing education. The survey is the first in a series of three planned for 2014.
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Findings regarding Common Core:

 

• When asked how challenging the Common Core State Standards are for students, about two-thirds (66%) of
superintendents say the standards are just about right, while (14%) say the standards are too challenging.


• Sixty-six percent of superintendents believe the Common Core State Standards would improve the quality of
education in their community.


• A small proportion (4%) of superintendents strongly agree that the Common Core State Standards will prevent
individualized learning.

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Common Core: Easing the Transition to Electronic Assessments

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has an answer to that question.

 

In early May, SETDA launched the Guide to Technology Requirements, a website that consolidates the technological requirements school districts must uphold, listed by each consortium. It took roughly six months to build the site, which works in conjunction with a consortium of multistate agencies.

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Reflection - Not Just a Mirror Image | EngageNY

Reflection - Not Just a Mirror Image | EngageNY | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As teachers, we frequently reflect on our own planning, delivery and reception of our instruction. Without even thinking, we reflect on our students; “What are their personal, emotional, physical and academic needs?”  Then, we move forward, using all types of data and feedback to carry out a bigger and better plan, a plan that will strengthen ourselves as mentors, caregivers and educators. 

 

Often we forget to model this process with our students. It is important for them to be able to take a moment to look inward, examining, scrutinizing, and evolving a plan that works best for each of them, as individuals.

 

Our fifth grade students at Wellsville Elementary School took some time to reflect on this past school year, what they have learned and how they will apply it.  They seem to say it all, in their own words.

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ASCD | EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core

ASCD | EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Are you searching for resources to implement the Common Core State Standards? Here you will find current, relevant, evidence-based tools and professional development to smooth your transition into a new era of teaching and learning. Watch one of the videos to learn more!

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Real teachers share their experiences w/ Common Core #storiesofsuccess

Real teachers share their experiences w/ Common Core #storiesofsuccess | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Stories of Success is a unique collection of short video interviews highlighting the positive experiences of teachers implementing the Common Core State Standards.


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LOS ANGELES: Common Core could help narrow schools’ digital divide

LOS ANGELES: Common Core could help narrow schools’ digital divide | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The largest field test in the country of new online assessments aligned to the Common Core got underway in California this spring, and as it speeds up the state’s transition to the rigorous new standards, it may also help close the digital divide.

 

“This is the tipping point,” said Diane Hernandez, the director of assessment development for the California Department of Education. “Schools are starting to focus on the Common Core. We’re moving away from paper and pencil tests to a completely different format and developing more skills in terms of college and career readiness. Everything is moving in the direction of more technology, and everyone is doing the best they can to prepare for that.”



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Superintendents on Common Core: ‘Slow down to get it right’

Superintendents on Common Core: ‘Slow down to get it right’ | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The American Association of School Administrators just released a new report calling for policymakers to slow down the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized tests because educators need more time to “get it right.”

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Article states: "Of the 525 superintendents surveyed, 73.3 percent — say the angry political debate has impeded implementation." #wellduh #statingtheobvious #howunfortunate #politicsagain


 

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Educators say Kentucky is on the right track with Common Core standards

Educators say Kentucky is on the right track with Common Core standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The presidents of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky were among more than 17 Kentucky higher education officials to join the national initiative.

 

"It is imperative that we have high school graduates who are better prepared academically for college and career," Benson said. "The Common Core standards will help accomplish this goal and will allow many more students to bypass developmental education courses currently being offered in college."



 

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