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Baltimore County Public Library/ Wikipage of Web 2.0 CCSS Resources

Baltimore County Public Library/ Wikipage of Web 2.0 CCSS Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The purpose of this wiki is to provide information that will unleash the power of BCPS licensed digital content and Web 2.0 tools to transform teaching and learning and address the Common Core Standards.
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The content below and in the Sidebar have been approved for use in Baltimore County Public Schools. Click on a Web 2.0 tool on the Sidebar for a tutorial on how to use it effectively in your classroom. If you would like to see a tool added, please contact us so we can help you through the Technology Approval Process.
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Identiifes several Web 2.0 applications  that use technology to create, communicate, collaborate and facilitate critical thinking supporting CCSS.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Communicating on the Same Wavelength

Cutting to the Common Core: Communicating on the Same Wavelength | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
As we strive to implement new standards with a focus on career and college readiness, inter-disciplinary colleagues will have dual responsibilities to address complex subject matter standards while integrating opportunities for diverse learners to flex their language muscles engaging in productive academic interactions. Imagine the collective impact a school staff can have on under-resourced scholars and ELs if we each entered the classroom daily, conveying the enthusiasm for our field of study and linguistic acumen that originally propelled us into the teaching profession.
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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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Charlotte Danielson Releases Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, 2013 Edition

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and based on feedback from educators, Charlotte Danielson has updated her Framework for Teaching (FFT) Evaluation Instrument with the 2013 Edition.

The 2013 Edition incorporates the instructional implications of CCSS and includes language refinements to further improve scoring accuracy when using the Framework for evaluations and observations. Developed in 1996, the FFT, a research-validated instrument, has now been adopted in more than 20 states and is used as the basis for professional learning and teacher evaluation by providing a common language for defining and reflecting on teaching effectiveness.
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Intellectual Curiosity: Nurture It Often

A few months ago, a friend of mine was involved in the administration of a pilot test for the PARCC assessments. The PARCC assessments are designed to foster divergent thinking and rigorous skill application. In short, students are asked to consider more complex problems than demanded by typical state tests. In many cases, the pilot exam was a unique experience for students.
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Love the last line of this blog post: "Ask tough questions. Generate curiosity. Embrace the struggle."  

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Clustering and the Common Core | School Library Journal

Clustering and the Common Core | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards require that children and young adults read “across” a variety of texts, within the same genre or on the same topic or theme. This reading should engage them in critical thinking, individually, in small-group and whole-class discussions, and through original writing in multiple genres, of varying lengths, for different purposes. Achieving this level of complex thinking in the classroom can feel overwhelming, particularly when students will be reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing in this capacity throughout the day.

Not only do clusters offer an opportunity to differentiate reading, they create a synergy within the curriculum, allowing students to consider multiple perspectives. When readers see that knowledge is not fixed, that there is no single way to represent an idea, a literary theme, a historical event, or a scientific concept, they see the role of the author in new and exciting ways. When given the opportunity to pen their own works, they can apply what they have learned about a variety of different genres and text types.
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Another validation of how the Library Media Specialist can play a vital role in supporting classroom teachers with selecting multiple texts that complement one another. (RL.9, RI.9)

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Sentence Frames for Textual Evidence

Sentence Frames for Textual Evidence | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Textual evidence matters, even in elementary school!
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Consider using sentence frames as scaffolds for helping students find and communicate textual evidence. Might not be appropriate for ALL students, just the ones that need a little help at the beginning.

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Common Core Big Idea Series #1: A New Blueprint

Common Core Big Idea Series #1: A New Blueprint | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This is the first 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) CCSS, not really "same old wine in a new bottle." Merely retrofitting the new standards to "old" ways will undermine efforts and outcome of what CCSS are intended to accomplish.

 

2) When planning, avoid zeroing in on one grade level. Instead, look at progressions of the standards, particularly around the grade level.

 

 

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National PTA Provides Two Page Parents' Guides to Student Success

National PTA Provides Two Page Parents' Guides to Student Success | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (listed below in English and Spanish) was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted. (To find out if your state has adopted the standards, visit CoreStandards.org/In-The-States.) Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.
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Learn about common core on instaGrok.com

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Learn about common core on instaGrok.com...
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List: What Common Core authors suggest high schoolers should read

List: What Common Core authors suggest high schoolers should read | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A Post story by my colleague Lyndsey Layton about controversy surrounding the Common Core English Language Arts standards — or, more specifically, the call for reading by high school seniors to be 70 percent non-fiction — has generated a lot of online interest.

A number of the hundreds of comments on the story mention some of the reading recommendations from the Common Core authors that Layton mentioned in the story, including “the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (2009) and “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management,” published by the General Services Administration.”

Here is the full list of reading “exemplars” for high school. The fiction category is divided into stories, poetry and drama, and the nonfiction category, or “informational texts” offers suggested reading in English, History/Social Studies, and Science/ Mathematics/Technical Subjects. (The K-11 exemplars are contained in Appendix B to the standards; there are none listed for 12th grade.)"
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Consider reading the article's comments.

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Chicago Schools Start To See Fruits Of New Common Core

Chicago Schools Start To See Fruits Of New Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
As a guinea pig in a nationwide experiment, Chicago's Philip D. Armour Elementary School is seeing drastic improvements in student performance.

Even the most ardent critics of the nationwide Common Core Standards initiative can't dispute the school's strong student improvement: Armour's state standardized test scores have moved up 16 points, in a school where 98 percent of students are low-income and come from a high-crime neighborhood, PBS NewsHour reports.
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Common Core Could Improve Quality of High School Assessments

Common Core Could Improve Quality of High School Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"Teachers have radically lost faith in assessment. That, in my judgment, is a substantial crisis," David Coleman, president of the College Board, said during a panel discussion at Brookings. "Because if teachers lose faith in assessment, parents will lose faith in assessment. People trust their teachers."

In fact, only 23 percent of high school teachers believe state-required tests give an accurate picture of student achievement, and only 36 percent say their students take those exams seriously, according to a report by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More than 10,000 public school teachers in grades K-12 were surveyed for the Foundation's March report.

"We have a need in this country to redeem assessment in the hearts and minds of teachers and parents; otherwise the accountability systems we are building will never have the depth of support they need," Coleman added.

The movement to common assessment gives states an opportunity to build this support by creating innovative exams that truly measure student achievement, experts say. That means moving toward "longer, more thoughtful exams," Coleman said.
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Test Designers Seek Help of Students, One at a Time

Test Designers Seek Help of Students, One at a Time | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The common-core-test labs allow scientists to get inside students' heads and use what they learn to craft questions and tasks.
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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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Don’t Throw out Baby Macbeth: Common Core says think bigger, better, and beyond the book

Don’t Throw out Baby Macbeth: Common Core says think bigger, better, and beyond the book | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Common Core is akin to telling you that students have to learn how to play tennis or piano. They are expected to know the game. The game? Deconstructing text. Because in the real world you need to be able to understand text, create text, and interpret text. The Common Core does NOT state that you cannot teach poetry, fiction, or narrative nonfiction. What it does say is that you must teach ANALYSIS. Kids need to know how to deconstruct text. All text. English teachers lament all across the nation that they cannot teach their poetry unit as is. And they can’t. We, English teachers, no longer just teach content. We teach skills so that kids can tackle any content. If you are just teaching the content of books as the center of your curriculum, shame on you.

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Some Educators Question Whether iPads are the Solution to Everything

Some Educators Question Whether iPads are the Solution to Everything | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Fred Dufour / AFP/Getty Images


The iPad is becoming one of the most popular purchases in the world of educational technology.
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With longer and more carefully constructed response questions on the PARCC assessments, are iPads the best option not only for testing but also for working productively in the classroom?  

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Common Core Big Idea 3: Standards Must Be Unpacked

Common Core Big Idea 3: Standards Must Be Unpacked | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This is the third post in a five-part series from authors Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins -- From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas -- which takes a look at five approaches and considerations for the Common Core State Standards.
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Takeaways: 

Goal is OUTCOME focused curriculum. Wiggins and McTigh recommend unpacking into four categories/steps:

a. identify long-term transfer goals

b. identify overarching understandings

c. identify overarching essential questions

d. identify relevant cornerstone tasks

 

Avoid unpacking to the point where a micro analysis leads to a checklist of skills and tasks to complete.

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Common Core Big Idea Series #2: The Standards Are Not Curriculum

Common Core Big Idea Series #2: The Standards Are Not Curriculum | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This is the second 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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Take-aways:

1) Standards are not curriculum. Standards are the blueprint and focus on outcomes. Curriculum is what "drives" the students to the outcome.

2) There are a variety of understandings of what defines curriculum 

3) ELA anchor standards center complex abilities/ideas students need to master. Math weaves Content and Pratice standards.

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Checking in with Common Core Implementation in Florida | ASCD Inservice

Checking in with Common Core Implementation in Florida | ASCD Inservice | 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 Alina Davis, the president of Florida ASCD, on the challenges and successes that Florida has had with CCSS implementation.
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Among the most challenging aspects of CCSS implementation in Florida are: addressing the needs of ELL and students with cognitive disabilities and obtaining adequate funds for professional development.

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Worked the Common Core Today… And Yet…

I’m still no expert on the new Common Core Standards. After the workshop I attended today, sponsored by DOE Library Services and led by the unstoppable and amazing Olga Nesi, I definitely have a little more purchase on how to work on Common Core lesson planning for the library with my student teachers, and the sense that I have a lot of support in that practice. However, the overwhelming sense I got from this PD (besides being overwhelmed) was ambivalence about these new standards.
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Smarter Balanced Updates Common-Core Tech. Requirements

Smarter Balanced Updates Common-Core Tech. Requirements | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released an updated guide to technology requirements and recommendations for member states planning to implement the common core assessment system the consortium is developing for the 2014-15 school year.
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Would appreciate seeing the specs for the PARCC assessment in the same, easy to understand format. This is helpful!

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Teacher Collaboration: The Essential Common-Core Ingredient

Teacher Collaboration: The Essential Common-Core Ingredient | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Helping teachers work together will be essential to the success of the common core, say Vicki Phillips and Robert Hughes.
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David Coleman on the Standards for English Class

David Coleman on the Standards for English Class | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"The president of the College Board responds to a Sunday Review article written by Sara Mosle - a thoughtful article about what students read and the Common Core Standards, but it does not make clear facts that demonstrate the central role of reading fiction in the standards.

To be absolutely clear, reading fiction retains a central role in the Common Core Standards in grades K to 12, and the primary role in English Language Arts for grades 6 to 12, where it is complemented by high-quality literary nonfiction."
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