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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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Talking about the Common Core--BlogTalk Radio

Talking about the Common Core--BlogTalk Radio | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In today's post we share our conversation with Ben Curran of Engaging Educators, about the challenges of implementing the Common Core as well as our thoughts about the upcoming assessments meant to reflect the new standards.
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New Year, New Appreciation for the Common Core

New Year, New Appreciation for the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Perhaps I could list 20 reasons why this is the case if I truly wanted to make the effort, but instead I’ll focus right now on a lean and pertinent two. 

#1: The death knell for weak multiple choice tests has been sounded. Hooray, I say! The fact is, I’m not really sure who amongst us isn’t happy to hear this chime begin to ring throughout the national educational kingdom.

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'Dramatic' Increase in Reading Needed for Common Core, Guides Say

'Dramatic' Increase in Reading Needed for Common Core, Guides Say | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A set of new guides to the Common Core State Standards offers a solution, of sorts, to abrewing controversy about the balance of fiction and nonfiction in U.S. classrooms. "Informational text" doesn't have to displace fiction, the guides say, if the overall amount of reading students do increases "dramatically."


The "action guides" are meant to help counselors and school principals put the common standards into practice. Issued by Achieve, College Summit, and the two groups that represent elementary- and secondary-level principals, the guides include a primer on the standards, talking points, and an array of tips.


But in exploring the instructional shifts in the standards, they also offer common-core advocates' answer to teachers who are worried that assigning a much heftier chunk of nonfiction will force them to drop cherished parts of their literary canon.

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Three action guides were published mid December, 2012:

  • Role of the El Ed Administrator
  • Role of the High School Administrator
  • Role of the School Counselor

They're worth a look as they provide guidance for overall school changes and action steps for key areas of the Common Core.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind as You Implement the Common Core | Burkins & Yaris

5 Things to Keep in Mind as You Implement the Common Core | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In this post, we synthesize some of the big takeaways we have garnered about implementing the Common Core based on our close reading of it over the last several months.
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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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Internet Search to address Common Core

Internet Search to address Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core ELA Writing Standard 8 requires students to navigate the Internet for research and evaluate the validity of the sites to support their claims. The introduction to this starts in Kindergarten and progresses each year.

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Using ThingLink and images, Tracy lifts out ELA CCSS (W7 and W8) where technology and digital literacy skills are required. Additionally, there are several useful resources listed in her blog post.  


IMHO, these skills are a prereq to any PBL or other use of ed tech.  In other words, before one puts on the safety glasses and begins using the MIG welder, learn how to use the tool first, and the risks that go along with it.


Note that there are lesson plans provided by Google that are  differentiated for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. 



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Anti-Common Core Legislation Coming From Indiana Lawmaker

Anti-Common Core Legislation Coming From Indiana Lawmaker | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Indiana Sen. Scott Schneider, a Republican, has one straightforward strategy—he has proposed legislation that would require Indiana to withdraw from the common standards in English/language arts and math, the Associated Press has reported. "I am worried that common core was pushed on Indiana without proper review of what it will mean for students and teachers," Schneider said in a press statement Wednesday. His bill is scheduled for a committee hearing Jan. 16.

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The Power of Parents in the First State: Delaware PTA and the Common Core | Hunt Institute

The Power of Parents in the First State: Delaware PTA and the Common Core | Hunt Institute | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Never underestimate the power of the parent’s voice!  While there are models that assist schools with parent and family engagement such as Epstein’s Framework of Parent Involvement, parents can also play a pivotal role in partnering with policymakers and stakeholders in education. This partnership allows parents a voice in decisions that affect their children’s education. Through its work to ensure that parents understand upcoming changes brought about by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Delaware PTA (DPTA) has helped to raise the parent voice to create a significant impact across the state.

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Text Complexity - Un...achievable?

Text Complexity - Un...achievable? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Making sense of text complexity and helping students with reading skills. Many of my students, just like Alex, are in the eighth grade and have trouble reading a grade level text book.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Teaching Vocabulary Today?

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Teaching Vocabulary Today? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you really want to dig deeper into vocabulary, try wordling significant text and defining the most frequently used words through multimedia. 

Learn more about  CCSS Shift #6 on EngageNY 

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A non-traditional way of having students work with vocabulary, images and related terms.

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Kindergarten lessons intensify under newly adopted Common Core State Standards

But Knudsen's class at Stedman Primary School is filled with kindergartners, and these kinds of more advanced lessons are typical for her young pupils.


"Before, kindergarten was play time. You took your mat and took a nap after lunch," said Deborah Faircloth, principal of Stedman Primary School. "Now, kindergarten is very academic. The teachers make it fun, but it's very academic."


Kindergarten classes throughout the state are more rigorous this year because of new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and language arts that went into effect this academic year.

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Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Rubrics for the Common Core

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Rubrics for the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Educators are busy re-mapping and re-working curriculum at all levels to align with the Common Core State Standards(CCSS).  As I began to take a look at this monumental initiative, I decided a way I might help was to identify the rubrics that have been developed thus far for assessment of these standards. Some states started earlier than others with this project and I am sure additional resources will be showing up on the Web soon!

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Also note an engageNY resource for evaluation CCSS lessons and rubrics, here.

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New Draft of Science Standards to Be Issued

New Draft of Science Standards to Be Issued | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tomorrow afternoon, a second public draft of proposed common standards for science will be issued for comment. This represents the last opportunity for the broader community to have input into the standards, which are being developed through a partnership that includes education officials from 26 "lead states," before they are released in final form in March.


After that, it's up to states to decide whether to adopt what are being called the Next Generation Science Standards. I'll have more to say on the thorny issue of state adoptions later, but organizers of the effort are hopeful that most states ultimately will. The 26 lead states are not bound to adopt them, but have pledged to give "serious consideration" to doing so. And some other states have indicated interest in signing on as well, I'm told.


Top priorities among the standards writers include: promoting depth over breadth in science education; ensuring greater coherence in learning across grade levels; and helping students understand the cross-cutting nature of crucial concepts that span scientific disciplines. Another aim is for students to apply their learning through scientific inquiry and the engineering-design process to deepen their understanding.

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The Common Core: Looking for miracles

The Common Core: Looking for miracles | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you’re grappling with implementation of the Common Core—scrutinizing book lists, reading standards, and sample lesson plans—let me invoke a few words from Bruce Springsteen, the Boss of my home state: “Ain’t gonna find no miracles here.”


This is a tough ride. How can we ensure that we’ll get books with the right level of complexity into a child’s hands, then craft text-dependent questions that foster a spirit of inquiry, all while encouraging a love of reading?

Deb Gardner's insight:

We might not find any miracles here, but "Better Days" are coming as students demonstrate they are "Tougher Than the Rest."


Helpful article, and yes, I'm a fan of Bruce!

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Marzano Labs: Key Words and Phrases from ELA CCSS


Via Darren Burris, kathyvsr
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Provided by Marzano Research Labs in Using Common Core Standards to Enhance Classroom Instruction and Assessment 

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What English classes should look like in Common Core era

What English classes should look like in Common Core era | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The claim that the Common Core State Standards have abolished the teaching of literature makes for a great headline.  Who wouldn’t get hot and bothered over the idea that high school students will no longer be reading “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Crucible,” and “Invisible Man?” I would be up in arms, too. Fortunately, nothing in the standards supports this claim.


What seems to be causing confusion are the comparative recommended percentages for informational and literary text cited in the Common Core’s introduction. These percentages reflect the 2009 NAEP Reading Framework http://www.nagb.org/content/nagb/assets/documents/publications/frameworks/reading09.pdf. I served on that framework committee and can assure you that when we determined that 70% of what students would be asked to read for the 12th grade NAEP reading assessment would be informational, we did not mean that 70% of what students read in senior English should be informational text. The National Assessment for Educational Progress does not measure performance in English class. It measures performance in reading, reading across the disciplines and throughout the school day.

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Sample Common-Core Test Items Inspire Worry, Hope

Sample Common-Core Test Items Inspire Worry, Hope | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

During the session, teachers also acknowledged that, though scary, the assessments would lead to deeper and more real-world-applicable learning. A special education teacher noted: "One of the positive things about it is you can't teach tricks. They either know it or they don't. ... However, I'm trying to figure out how realistic this would be for my population of students."


When comparing samples from the PARCC English/language arts assessment to samples from the New York state test, attendees noticed, above all, a leap in text complexity. Several teachers reacted with surprise at the difficulty of the passage, with one pointing out that she herself had never read the full text of the work referred to in the sample, Ovid's Metamorphoses.


"I know this makes you a little nervous and uncomfortable, and I get that," said Hanson. "We're definitely seeing a jump in complexity. But this change needs to happen."

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Our View: Common Core standards good for Hoosier schoolchildren in long run

Our View: Common Core standards good for Hoosier schoolchildren in long run | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli


For months now, critics inside and outside the Hoosier State have been attacking Indiana’s decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards; unhappiness on the right may have contributed to the defeat of state superintendent Tony Bennett, an eager Common Core supporter, despite his rock-solid record on all manner of vital education reforms. With Bennett leaving town, the rumor mill says Indiana could be getting ready to dump the Common Core — which would make it the first state in the country to do so.


That would be a grave mistake.

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TeachersFirst: Common Core: The Fuss Over Non-Fiction

TeachersFirst: Common Core: The Fuss Over Non-Fiction | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

You have probably heard some buzz about incorporating a lot more non-fiction in your classroom. Rest assured that the Common Core does not abandon literature, but it does require that teachers work more deliberately with informational texts. This Q/A article will help you to make sense of this shift and provide you with some practical tips and resources to get started.

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No. 2 pencils to give way to computers in testing school students

No. 2 pencils to give way to computers in testing school students | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The era of coloring in ovals with a No. 2 pencil may soon be over.

More and more tests — such as the military aptitude test and the LSAT law school exam — are going online.

And soon, the standardized math and reading tests for 19 million students in 25 states, including Nevada, will be administered on a tablet or personal computer.


This new computerized assessment will represent one of the largest technological shifts in K-12 education, one that will likely herald the end of the Scantron.


But with any technological disruption, there are questions aplenty.


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A Literacy-Rich Classroom Environment Supports the Common Core: Infographic | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

A Literacy-Rich Classroom Environment Supports the Common Core: Infographic | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Much attention is being spent preparing for the Common Core standards and the call for increasing the amount of nonfiction and informational text in classrooms. Perhaps we should begin by focusing attention on the classroom environment and making certain that it is a place that supports and encourages literacy learning.


A literacy-rich environment not only supports the standards set by the Common Core, but also provides a setting that encourages and supports speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a variety of authentic ways – through print & digital media.

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TeachersFirst: Moving Forward with Informational Text

TeachersFirst: Moving Forward with Informational Text | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

To promote their understanding of increasingly more complex texts we need to help students adopt a metacognitive stance, step back, look at a given text as a whole,  and analyze its individual parts to discover how they are related and how they contribute to the whole. 


That is the intent of the Common Core's College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard #5 for Reading, which deals with text structure.   Similarly, the Common Core requires students to write informative/explanatory pieces, so to continue moving forward with the reading and writing of informational text, this month we will take a closer look at how you can explicitly teach organizational patterns in reading and have students apply these patterns in their writing.

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Reference the bottom of the webpage where a mini-lesson on teaching text structures is provided.

  • Introduction
  • Informational Text Structures
  • Teaching Guidelines
  • The Five Common Structures
  • Applying Structures
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Applying 21st Century Skills with Common Core and Trading Cards

Applying 21st Century Skills with Common Core and Trading Cards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

My new favorite FREE tool for the classroom, for grades 3-12, is Trading Cards; which is an iOS App and also web based  by ReadWriteThink. This tool is user-friendly  and allows students to practice 21st century skills with integration of Common Core Curriculum. The Trading Card tool gives students a choice to demonstrate their literacy knowledge by creating a trading card about a real or fictional character.

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