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Shanahan on Literacy: Q & A On All Things Common Core

Shanahan on Literacy: Q & A On All Things Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Recently, I participated in a webinar for McGraw-Hill about teaching with the common core standards. Participants sent in some questions and I have provided answers to those questions. Thought you might be interested in the wide-ranging conversation. 

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The link to Tim Shanahan's webinar can be found here.

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7 Teacher Questions About Common Core State Standards

7 Teacher Questions About Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Riverside Unified School District is taking a collaborative approach in the transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by bringing together teachers from different levels and disciplines to serve as Common Core Ambassadors.
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21st Century Skills and the Common Core Standards - Whole Child Education

21st Century Skills and the Common Core Standards - Whole Child Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Twenty-first century skills are quickly becoming taught and assessed in schools across the United States. Whether through explicit instruction or models like project-based learning, educators are realizing that lower-level content comprehension is not enough.


The Common Core State Standards explicitly call for these skills, so through uncovering the 3 Cs in the Common Core standards, we can see how educators must teach and assess them.

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Q&A: If Indiana Pulled Out Of The Common Core, Would Other States Follow?

Q&A: If Indiana Pulled Out Of The Common Core, Would Other States Follow? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
We asked the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Michael Petrilli what would happen in other states if Sen. Scott Schneider's proposal to withdraw Indiana from the Common Core succeeds.
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Teaching Students to use Anchor Standard #1: Textual Evidence in the Common Core Classroom

Teaching Students to use Anchor Standard #1: Textual Evidence in the Common Core Classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The prototype assessments developed by PARCC have an entire category of questions devoted to students providing textual evidence.
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Getting “Real” about the Common Core and High Expectations « Co-Creating Solutions: A Blog by CTL

Getting “Real” about the Common Core and High Expectations « Co-Creating Solutions: A Blog by CTL | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The term “high expectations” has become so common in school dialogue that I sometimes wonder if we shouldn’t pause and take time to deepen our common understanding of what it truly looks like when teachers have high expectations for students. An overview of online literature about the topic can produce an array of ways to think about it, such as through school policy, classroom management strategies, and specific instructional techniques. Such paths of discussing expectations are helpful because they extract specific actions for educators based on the roles in which they serve in schools. However, there has been a critical omission in many of the efforts to list what people do when high expectations exist: one that describes the students’ actions in relation to what they are learning.


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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?

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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, kathymcdonough
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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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Shanahan on Literacy: Diane Ravitch v. Tim Shanahan: Informational or Literary Text

Shanahan on Literacy: Diane Ravitch v. Tim Shanahan: Informational or Literary Text | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Yesterday, I debated the literature-informational text mix recommended by Common Core with Diane Ravitch on Minnesota Public Radio. Not a bad discussion all in all.


Literature reading is, indeed, valuable, but so is science and history reading. Here is the recording of our Public Radio discussion:

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Public Comment Opens on Draft Common-Core Test-Accommodations Policy

Public Comment Opens on Draft Common-Core Test-Accommodations Policy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The public-comment period has opened on two key pieces of a policy that will govern how accommodations are designed for tests on the Common Core State Standards.


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, has posted two portions of a forthcoming accommodations manual on a special page of its website. The two draft policies deal with calculator accommodations for its mathematics test, and reading accommodations for its English/language arts test. The test, as you probably know already, is slated to be given in 2014-15.

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Common Core For Parents | Scholastic's Partnership with Schools

Common Core For Parents | Scholastic's Partnership with Schools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A Message for Parents

Throughout the school year, you are likely to hear a lot about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To date, 46 states and the District of Columbia have adopted these ambitious new academic standards, which will profoundly alter the way students are taught English Language Arts and Mathematics. The standards are designed to ensure college and career readiness in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced world.

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Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In examining the potential rigor of the coming tests, Herman and Linn were guided by Norman Webb's "depth of knowledge" classification system, which assigns four levels to learning, from Level 1, which features basic comprehension and recall of facts and terms, to Level 4, which involves extended analysis, investigation, or synthesis. Herman and Linn examined the work so far of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium for signs that they would demand the kinds of learning at Levels 3 and 4 of the so-called "DOK" framework.


The researchers found reason for optimism that the assessments will demand those skills. They singled out, in particular, the more lengthy, complex performance tasks being crafted by the two groups, saying they seemed likely to assess skills at DOK Level 4.

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An ELA Tool to Support Common Core Shifts

An ELA Tool to Support Common Core Shifts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Rather than generalize about what is learned, the CCSS demand clear evidence in the form of text citations to support conclusions drawn. Moreover, rather than expect students to generate questions about their own curiosity, Standard 1  explicitly calls for readers to generate questions about the text.  In the standards vertical movement from Key Ideas and Details to Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, these questions can become a resource for research in analyzing “how two or more texts address similar themes or topics” (Reading Anchor Standard 9) and eventually act as a resource for developing research topics that can be addressed by writing and speaking standards.

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A nice interplay between RL1/RI1 and RL9/RI9 using a graphic organizer.

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Six Key Principles for ELL Instruction | Understanding Language

Six Key Principles for ELL Instruction | Understanding Language | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Understanding Language is devoted to improving education for English Language Learners in light of the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
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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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