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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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Building the Promise of the Common Core Together | OER Commons

Building the Promise of the Common Core Together | OER Commons | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We provide educators with open source tools and resources needed to actively engage teachers in making education content localized and adapted to their own environments. Today, this means also being able to successfully build a practice around the Common Core. ISKME’s Open Author platform and evaluation rubrics allow curriculum leaders to gather Common Core aligned exemplars and frameworks for their teachers, while at the same time, allowing teachers to build and share high quality OER. Open education tools and resources provide educators with flexibility in instructional resource design necessary to build and sustain instructional shifts and practice around the Common Core.

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Ky. Voices: New standards right to require fiction and nonfiction reading in all classes | Op-Ed | Kentucky.com

Ky. Voices: New standards right to require fiction and nonfiction reading in all classes | Op-Ed | Kentucky.com | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Recently, there has been much discussion about the role of fiction and non-fiction reading in the Common Core State Standards.


The reality is that the Common Core requires students to read a combination of fiction and non-fiction across all classes.


This means the English Language Acquisition classroom will keep the major focus on reading fiction and literature, and the bulk of non-fiction reading will take place in other disciplines, including science, social studies and technical subjects.




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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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With Eye on Common Core, Illinois Raises State Test Cut Scores

With Eye on Common Core, Illinois Raises State Test Cut Scores | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to raise the cut scores on its state assessment in reading and math, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), based on a proposal from state Superintendent Christopher Koch. ISAT is the state exam given to students in grades 3-8 in reading and math and in grades 4-7 for science. The stated motivation for the decision was to prepare students for the more rigorous exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards set to be administered beginning in 2014-15.

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A Different Type of Common Core

A Different Type of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the most important steps my school has taken in developing a 1:1 iPad program was coming up with a set of “common core” apps. These are apps that teachers have decided will be the universal standard among 9th grade students starting in the coming year. The group of teachers I’m working with has spent most of the first semester playing with a number of apps and coming up with what they believe to be (for the near future) the most user-friendly education apps. The reasoning is that any teacher who has a class of 9th graders can be reasonably confident that all students will have a (relative) proficiency with the apps because time will be dedicated during student orientation to these apps.

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  1. Evernote
  2. Google Drive
  3. Edmodo
  4. Explain Everything
  5. Notability


Apps chosen to fit teacher and student educational needs, not technology needs (as it should be).

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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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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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Missouri Survey Reveals Worries About Common Core Tech Burden

Missouri Survey Reveals Worries About Common Core Tech Burden | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A lack of hardware, a lack of bandwidth, and above all, a lack of time.

Those were among the biggest concerns voiced by Missouri school administrators in a recent statewide survey taken to gauge their capacity to handle the technology requirements associated with implementing online assessments as part of the Common Core State Standards.

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Webinar - Countdown: The Race to Implementing the ELA and Literacy Common Core State Standards

Steve Ventura and Lisa Cebelak identify the essential instructional strategies you'll need for implementing the ELA and Literacy Common Core State Standards. As school districts move from awareness to implementation of the ELA/Literacy Common Core State Standards, many educators are asking "how should we adjust our instruction?" 

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Literacy... not just for implementing in the ELA classroom. 

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Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity

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Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity


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  1. Online Databases
  2. Google Search by Reading Level
  3. Juicy Studio
  4. Edit Central
  5. Story Toolz
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Core Connection: Status Check on the Common Core Assessments

Core Connection: Status Check on the Common Core Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Information and guidance on the coming common assessments from PARCC and SBAC have trickled in ever since these two main consortia were funded in late 2010. While this information is helpful, the piecemeal nature of the dissemination has caused frustration for many of those who will be affected by these assessments.

ASCD’s recent report outlined as a part of its recommendations that educators need to understand and plan for the coming common assessments. Toward that end, we put together some information to provide both a macro and micro overview of the common assessments.

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The "thinking forward" concern: Who will “carry the baton across the finish line” after the funding ends?

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How School Leaders Can Successfully Implement the Common Core State Standards

How School Leaders Can Successfully Implement the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The ultimate success of a thorough and complete implementation of the Common Core State Standards rests, to a great extent, on the ability of school leaders to provide support and direction for teachers. The standards call for a transformation of the way we do business in providing instruction. To facilitate this transformation, school leaders themselves must undergo a change in how they lead their schools and districts.

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The Need for College-Preparatory Curricula | Dropout Nation

While the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 2014-15 will not solve the problem of providing equality of educational opportunities to all students, it is part of the solution.
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Cutting to the chase

Cutting to the chase | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As the U.S. education world eagerly awaits more information about the new assessments that two consortia of states are developing to accompany the Common Core standards, dozens of perplexing and important questions have arisen: Once the federal grants run out, how will these activities be financed? What will it cost states and districts to participate? Who will govern and manage these massive testing programs? What about the technology infrastructure? The list goes on.

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For Mr. Finn, however, it's all about the cut scores!

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Use the MasteryConnect iPad App to Quickly Identify Common Core Standards

Use the MasteryConnect iPad App to Quickly Identify Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the many things that MasteryConnect offers is a free iPad and iPhone app that helps you quickly identify the Common Core Standards for the grade levels and content areas that you teach. To find the standards simply select math or language arts, choose your grade, then tap on any of the listed standards to read their details. The MasteryConnect iPad app also includes the college and career readiness standards. The app is handy when you need to quickly find language of a particular standard.

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Just in case you're not using this app, here it is again. It's useful!

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Computer Science Teachers Association links their standards with CCSS

Computer Science Teachers Association links their standards with CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

When designing state and district standards and school courses and curricula, it is often helpful to know how theCSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards correspond with other common national standards. To help with these efforts, we have created a series of downloadable documents that match the CSTA standards to the following standards documents:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • STEM Cluster Topics
  • Partnership for the 21st Century Essential Skills
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Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)

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The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace. These standards represent a common sense next step from the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).

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New website unpacks the Common Core standards for educators, parents | eSchool News

New website unpacks the Common Core standards for educators, parents | eSchool News | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Scholastic has launched a new website, “Common Sense for the Common Core,” that aims to help teachers, school leaders, and parents understand the standards, and provides instructional programs to implement them.


Built in consultation with Common Core experts, the website answers questions about the standards and points parents and teachers toward resources to help them understand what is changing and what is not.

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Common Core Quick-Start: How the Arts Intersect with the Common Core State Standards

Common Core Quick-Start: How the Arts Intersect with the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Though the arts are among the first programs on the chopping block when school budgets are tight, they are not fluff: Research suggests that the arts foster critical thinking skills and processes that prepare students for college and the workplace. According to the 2012 report (PDF) by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, "the arts promote work habits that cultivate curiosity, imagination, creativity, and evaluation skills," and are "a basis for success in the 21st century" (2010, p. 2).

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A Wealth of Words by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., City Journal WInter 2013

A Wealth of Words by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., City Journal WInter 2013 | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary.


There’s a positive correlation between a student’s vocabulary size in grade 12, the likelihood that she will graduate from college, and her future level of income. The reason is clear: vocabulary size is a convenient proxy for a whole range of educational attainments and abilities—not just skill in reading, writing, listening, and speaking but also general knowledge of science, history, and the arts. If we want to reduce economic inequality in America, a good place to start is the language-arts classroom.


The fastest way to gain a large vocabulary through schooling is to follow a systematic curriculum that presents new words in familiar contexts, thereby enabling the student to make correct meaning-guesses unconsciously. Spending large amounts of school time on individual word study is an inefficient and insufficient route to a bigger vocabulary. There are just too many words to be learned by 12th grade—between 25,000 and 60,000. A large vocabulary results not from memorizing word lists but from acquiring knowledge about the social and natural worlds.

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E.D. Hirsch offers three practical recommendations to improve students' vocabularies.

  1. better preschools
  2. classroom instruction based on domain immersion
  3. teaching a specific cumulative, coherent, curriculum sequence across grade levels (beginning with preschool)


He claims the last of these, and the most important, is most difficult to achieve.  Hirsch views the Common Core State Standards as the "ray of hope" to achieve improved student learning.

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With New Science Standards Draft Out, Early Impressions Roll In

With New Science Standards Draft Out, Early Impressions Roll In | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

With a second and final draft of common science standards issued on Tuesday, this is a critical time as the writers come into the home stretch. I have not gathered a lot of feedback yet from the field, mainly because several experts I contacted said they needed more time to digest the latest iteration. 


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Digital Tools for the Common Core | MiddleWeb

Digital Tools for the Common Core | MiddleWeb | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Teaching consultant Mike Fisher has ideas on how to upgrade your lessons for the Common Core by involving students in creating their own apps and infographics.


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News and 'News Analysis': Navigating Fact and Opinion in The Times

News and 'News Analysis': Navigating Fact and Opinion in The Times | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
How do we distinguish fact from opinion in The Times, and in other news reports? In this lesson, students learn how news and opinion articles are labeled for clarity, then examine articles and opinion pieces on the sentence level.
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