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MS Language Arts: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

MS Language Arts: Where We've Been and Where We're Going | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Probably a subtitle more like: “Bravely going where no language arts teacher has gone before” might’ve been more appropriate.


Our middle school language arts teachers have been on quite a journey this year, and we’re capping it off with our second joint meeting tomorrow (ALL 14 teachers from grades 6-8 at both MS buildings, plus an intervention specialist, plus a media specialist).  We’ve tackled BOTH text complexity and curriculum mapping simultaneously this year, and to say that it’s been chaotic is an understatement.  But, it is with absolute appreciation for the hard work of these teachers that I can say we have accomplished something awesome.

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Think about the work these teachers have done, the school leadership it took, and the willingness of all to "let go" of prior mindsets, novels, and textbooks.  Wow!

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6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads

6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The app store is loaded with options that allow students to share and collaborate with iPads. Here's a few helpful tips and apps for you to try out!
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Good to know, particularly as schools begin rolling out CCSS and using ed tech to create and collaborate.

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CCSSO Publishes Updated CCSS Implementation Document

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What Are School Boards Asking About Common Core?

What Are School Boards Asking About Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A full hour of the meeting had been set aside to help board members know what the Common Core standards meant for the curriculum in the district and state, as well as what steps the district was taking to implement the standards. Without a doubt, Jefferson County central office leaders have taken substantive and aggressive steps to prepare for and initiate implementation of the new standards by establishing a rich online resource of materials for teachers; engaging teachers in training; and supporting principals in leading change efforts.


Board members' questions were insightful and revealed what school board members across the 46 states adopting Common Core both worry about and take responsibility for as leaders and advocates for effective learning for educators and students.

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A new perspective - we've head from teachers, administrators, parents, instructional coaches, curriculum directors, etc. What are school board members asking about common core?

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Stretching into a New Year a la Burkins and Yaris

Stretching into a New Year a la  Burkins and Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

None of us will figure out a perfect Common Core implementation—there will always be new ways to shape and refine our work with students—but we can extend our work in the direction of the Common Core. These extensions of practice align with sound instruction, whether you are thinking about the Common Core or not, so you can adopt and adapt these ideas to fit your practice today. 

Here are five ways you can start stretching:

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Ways to begin today to be more "common 'coreish'"

  1. Plan lessons that address more than one common core state standard.
  2. Select texts that give students a lot to think about.
  3. Make your modeling messier.
  4. Watch and listen more. Talk less.
  5. Foster problem-solving rather than dependence.
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Response: Best Ways to Prepare Our Students for CCSS in Language Arts (Part 2)

Response: Best Ways to Prepare Our Students for CCSS in Language Arts (Part 2) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How can we best prepare our students for the common core in language arts?"

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Checking in with Common Core Implementation in New Hampshire

Checking in with Common Core Implementation in New Hampshire | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ASCD asked some of our affiliate leaders to tell us how the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been going in their home states. Below, we hear from Bill Carozza, the president of New Hampshire ASCD and principal at the Harold Martin School in Hopkinton, N.H., on the challenges and successes that New Hampshire has had with CCSS implementation.

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New Hampshire shares what's going well with implementation as well as the biggest challenges they are facing. Advice and shared resources also offered.

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New Guides Help School Leaders Support Common Core State Standards Implementation

New Guides Help School Leaders Support Common Core State Standards Implementation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON - January 9, 2013 - Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), has released a series of action briefs on the role of school counselors, secondary school leaders, and elementary school leaders in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

 

"The action briefs provide school leaders a deeper understanding of the CCSS and spell out the leaders' critical role in implementation. Based on feedback from school leaders who expressed a need for more guidance, the action briefs outline strategies and techniques that can be used within schools by school leaders to prepare their schools, teachers, and students for the standards and upcoming new assessments," said Achieve Director of Content and Instructional Supports, Doug Sovde.

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21 Months (and Counting) to Online Assessments

21 Months (and Counting) to Online Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We partnered with Digital Learning Now! and the Foundation for Excellence in Education to create the DLN Smart Series to help state and district leaders tackle the implementation issues at the intersection of Common Core and digital learning. This paper is the third in the series (following papers onfunding student access and reimagining student records) to offer specific advice to those making the shift.

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Achieve Posts New CCSS Action Briefs

Achieve Posts New CCSS Action Briefs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Achieve publishes national and state reports as well as policy briefs, surveys, and white papers that focus on preparing all students for college and careers. All of these publications are available to the public for free in PDF format.  

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Document repository includes:


Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Leader Action Brief


Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief


Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Counselor Action Brief



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ASCD Educational Leadership: December 2012/January 2013 Preview

EL editor in chief Marge Scherer talks with Jay McTighe about the promises and challenges of the Common Core State Standards.
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Worth the 6.5 minute view - takeaways from Jay McTighe:


Most impactful advantages of CCSS:

  • they are common standards (algebra is algebra whether in AL or MS)
  • can pool resources use make use of the best (content, PD, assessments, etc.)


Biggest challenge to implementation:

  • viewing CCSS incorrectly. They are the "building code" not the curriculum
  • viewing standards as a checklist to cover or a set of discreet obligations


First step to implementing should be:

  • seek first to understand the CCSS and collaborate either in levels, PLCs and dig in to understand how they are organized, their intent, etc.
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Common Core Big Idea 5: Consider Meaningful Assessment

Common Core Big Idea 5: Consider Meaningful Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This is the fifth post in a five-part series which takes a look at five big ideas for implementation of the Common Core State Standards, authored by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins.
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Educational Leadership: Common Core - Now What?

Educational Leadership: Common Core - Now What? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As we put the standards into practice, it is important to focus on a few shifts that have the most significant effect on students. These shifts should guide all aspects of implementing the standards—including professional development, assessment design, and curriculum. When educators attend to three core shifts in English language arts and literacy as well as in mathematics, the expectations for teaching and learning will be clear, consistent, and tightly aligned to the goals of the standards.

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Shifts in ELA/Literacy Standards:

1) Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

2) Reading and writing grounded in evidence

3) Regular practice with complex texts and academic language

 

Shifts in Math Standards:

1) Greater focus on fewer topics

2) Linking topics and thinking across grades

3) Rigorous pursuit of conceptual understanding, skills, procedures and application

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Critics linger, but Colorado girds for roll-out of Common Core

Critics linger, but Colorado girds for roll-out of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As a ninth-grade earth-science teacher, Cheryl Mosier initially figured the upcoming implementation of national standards for math and literacy would have little impact on her classes at Columbine High School.


Then she looked closer.


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States Move Ahead to Implement Common Core

States Move Ahead to Implement Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

With assessments only two years away, states are moving toward putting the Common Core State Standards into practice, with most having completed plans in three key areas: professional development for teachers, developing instructional materials, and devising teacher-evaluation systems linked to the new standards, according to a study released today.

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It appears that schools are farther along in planning for common core PD than they are in planning for curriculum materials and revamping teacher eval processes.  I'm guessing all are waiting for more information from PARCC and SBAC. 

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Common Core Implementation- Reflecting on the "How"

Common Core Implementation- Reflecting on the "How" | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I am sure like most of my colleagues across the nation, I am spending a significant portion of my time engaged in work that will help our districts, schools, and classrooms transition to full implementation of the Common Core Standards.  I feel fortunate to work with a knowledgeable, thoughtful, and dynamic team of educators, and what I know is that every time we sit down together to evaluate and modify our plan, we get reminded of just how many pieces there are in the puzzle, and also how important this work is.  I wrote a post awhile ago focused on the “why” of Common Core and how it is essential to help educators understand the “why” and not just the “what” of the standards, but where I find I am spending most of my time and mental energy these days is on the “how”.

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Common-Core Rollout in Big Cities Probed in New Report

Common-Core Rollout in Big Cities Probed in New Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Many large urban districts expect to fully implement the Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year, according to a new report that offers a closer look at how the standards are playing out in major urban centers.


Districts also report that elementary students are being exposed sooner to the new standards for English/language arts and mathematics than those at the middle and high school level.

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For English, the most common activities cited were:

• Building a shared understanding of the common core among staff;
• Using rich informational texts to build background knowledge;
• Building students' academic vocabulary; and
• Teaching complex text using close reading analysis.

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Five Takeaways On Florida’s Switch To New Academic Standards

Five Takeaways On Florida’s Switch To New Academic Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Florida schools are in the midst of switching to new, tougher education standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
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While reading, a thought occurred to me. In education, we've been talking a long time about all teachers being teachers of reading, the importance of collaborating to provide a vertically coherent and rigorous curriculum, and  using technology to help students learn better/faster.


Successfully implementing CCSS will be a natural byproduct of these three important elements we've been talking about for a long time. Yay!

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Charters Adjusting to Common-Core Demands

Charters Adjusting to Common-Core Demands | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Educators in charter schools are making changes to meet new professional development, curriculum, and technology needs.
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Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common-Core Achievement

Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common-Core Achievement | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Principal leadership matters--perhaps now more than ever before. As much as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are changing instructional practice in the classroom, we must acknowledge that student learning under CCSS requires a schoolwide transformation that transcends individual classrooms and requires the dedicated, continual attention of the principal. Consider how these five essential schoolwide conditions for CCSS will fundamentally shift the way principals go about leading schools.

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Five essential school-wide conditions that will change the way principals lead schools as CCSS are implemented:

  1. A culture of college and career readiness
  2. School-wide literacy
  3. Student engagement, collaboration, and inquiry
  4. Instructional time
  5. Professional learning


My take-aways: It will take a team of leaders!

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Common Core Standards: Sky is not falling, but ground is shifting

Mel Riddile is the associate director for high school services at the National Association of Secondary School Principals. His work in turning around schools in Virginia earned him the 2006 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year award. 

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Mel weighs in on the Common Core State Standards in his first piece for the AJC Get Schooled blog. I value his expertise and commitment on this initiative!

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Success With the Common Core: Five Lessons

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Will the Common Core Succeed? If policymakers and others take a hard look at the past, they will find not only potential pitfalls, but also some useful research guidance for the right path forward.

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Common Core: Lessons Learned in Kentucky

Common Core: Lessons Learned in Kentucky | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Thanks to strategic planning; dedicated educators, partners and staff to carry out those plans; and a shared desire for all students to graduate from high school college/career-ready, this work has proceeded smoothly despite the potential for major problems. As other states move forward with the implementation and testing of CCSS, I'd like to share some of the lessons Kentucky has learned:
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Eights ways to get around obstacles to implementation.

  1. Communicate
  2. Garner partner support
  3. Start with teachers
  4. Garner business support
  5. Stay ahead of possible pitfalls
  6. Focus on continous improvement
  7. Be open-minded to changes
  8. Obtain legislative backing
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Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core and the Fog of Education Policy

Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core and the Fog of Education Policy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Recently, I made a presentation for the Reading Hall of Fame at the Literacy Research Association meetings in San Diego. My basic contention is that policymakers have failed to recognize the magnitude of the changes required by the Common Core State Standards in terms of English language arts instruction. Because of this failure, they are neither moving fast enough or seriously enough to ensure that schools successfully and effectively adopt the standards.
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Further, Dr. Shanahan contends that states aren't pooling assets to gain momentem in effective implementation. 

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Common Core Big Idea 4: Map Backward From Intended Results

Common Core Big Idea 4: Map Backward From Intended Results | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This is the fourth post in a five-part series which takes a look at five big ideas for implementation of the Common Core State Standards, authored by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins
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Takeaways:

1) Curriculum is a pathway to a desination

2) Ulimate aim of curriculum is independent transfer

3) Content coverage goes not equate student mastery

4) CCSS sequence do not dictate sequence to be taught

5) In order to ensure independent transfer, backwards plan

 

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