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Achieve the Core PD Materials: Updates and New Releases

Achieve the Core PD Materials: Updates and New Releases | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We are pleased to release three new Professional Development Modules, as well as updates to four previous modules. Each flexible, ready-to-use toolkit can be used to deliver professional development, in professional learning communities, and for individual learning.


Each Module features: 

  • A PowerPoint which introduces and frames the material
  • Hands-on activities
  • Videos, handouts, and web resources
  • A Facilitator's Guide to delivering the module


Our Modules include:

  • Introduction to the Literacy Shifts for ELA, and for Content Area teachers - new
  • Understanding Text-Dependent Questions
  • Introduction to the Math Shifts
  • Deep Dive into the Math Shifts - new
  • Instructional Leadership and the CCSS
  • Why the Common Core? How these Standards are Different - new
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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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The Helmsley Charitable Trust grants $11 million for Common Core materials

The Helmsley Charitable Trust grants $11 million for Common Core materials | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, the GE Foundation awarded an $18 million, four-year grant to Student Achievement Partners—the group co-founded by the chief CCSS architects David Coleman, Sue Pimentel, and Jason Zimba—to support (among other things) the development of Common Core–aligned curriculum and instructional resources. 


In addition to being developed under the careful guidance of the lead authors of the standards themselves (and all signs seem to suggest that these materials will be top-notch), SAP-developed resources will be open source and provided at no cost to teachers around the country.

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As noted in the article, the organization welcomed new parters and additional funding. Best part?


The New York City–based nonprofit would be "the engine room" for the new project, but teachers would be the fuel behind it.

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Facing Difficult Truths in Selecting Texts

Facing Difficult Truths in Selecting Texts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In what must be the Common Core controversy flavor of the month, the most recent criticism of the Standards addresses the split of nonfiction to fiction texts at the secondary level. Alarmist articles decrying the replacement of classic literature, such as The Catcher in the Rye, with instruction manuals are far off base from the language and intent of the Standards, which is, simply: read better texts.
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Best part about this post?  Teachers are having critical conversations about the texts they choose and use in their classes. 

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K-12 Leaders Worried About Tech. Costs of Common-Core Testing

K-12 Leaders Worried About Tech. Costs of Common-Core Testing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The vast majority of states are moving toward implementing new tests to coincide with the Common Core State Standards. But major questions remain—perhaps the most pressing of which is who's going to pay for the new technology needed to give those exams.
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Assessment Group Cuts Back Diagnostic, Formative Work

Assessment Group Cuts Back Diagnostic, Formative Work | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
One of the two big groups of states that are designing tests for the Common Core State Standards [PARCC] has pared back its plans to produce diagnostic and formative assessment tools because it had to use more of its available funding to create summative tests.
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Education Week: Spotlight on Digital Literacy in the Common-Core Era

Education Week: Spotlight on Digital Literacy in the Common-Core Era | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
As states and districts plan for the Common Core State Standards, educators are left to wonder how digital literacy fits into the standards.
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Collection of six articles relating to digital literacy and CCSS:

  • The Common Core's Digital-Literacy Gap
  • Why Core Standards Must Embrace Media Literacy
  • Competency-Based Schools Embrace Digital Learning
  • Virtual Ed Advocates See Potential in Common Core
  • FCC Broadband Initative Tackles School Needs
  • Make Sense of Digital Literacy Education
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The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together

The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Now, more than ever before, collaboration between public and school librarians is critical. As we strive to be at the center of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in our schools, strong relationships with our local public librarians can make all the difference in the world and provide us, our students, and our school colleagues with tremendous advantages.
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Next-Generation Assessments Aligned to the Common Core

Next-Generation Assessments Aligned to the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Smarter Balanced is developing next-generation assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year. These assessments will provide a more complete, more efficient measurement of student progress — with periodic checks to help evaluate what students need to stay on the path to success and tools to help educators continuously improve instruction.
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ThingLinkToolkit

ThingLinkToolkit | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher.

Include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. Easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website. ThingLink is a truly amazing tool that allows users to pack a lot of content into a small space. ThingLink is a flexible tool that is well-suited for use in the classroom.
Deb Gardner's insight:

ThingLink is a useful Web 2.0 tool in that it's free and can be used cross grade level and subject area. Use it to create, collaborate and advance students' abilities to think critically about images (what they represent, what's missing, etc.) 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Common Curriculum Adds Support for Files and Links In Common Core Lesson Plans

Free Technology for Teachers: Common Curriculum Adds Support for Files and Links In Common Core Lesson Plans | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Common Curriculum is an online lesson planning resource that aims to help you align your lessons to Common Core standards. I first tried it back in October. This week Common Curriculum added a new feature that allows you to add links and files to lesson plans you store in your Common Curriculum account.
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A visual approach to lesson planning where resources can be stored in one place

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Vivid Vocabulary, Common Core, & Tech Integration Tools

Vivid Vocabulary, Common Core, & Tech Integration Tools | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Research shows that vocabulary acquisition plays a huge role in student learning, therefore requires attention in the classroom. With the shifts of the Common Core, students need to spend time learning both Tier 2 and Tier 3 words in a variety of ways.
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Closing the reading gap with vocabulary and content

Closing the reading gap with vocabulary and content | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
While there are achievement gaps between low-income and affluent students across content areas, none seem more vexing to close than the reading gap.

Hirsch argues that since “acquiring word knowledge and domain knowledge is a gradual and cumulative process” and since “early learning of words and things is the only way to overcome early disadvantage, the argument for including optimal content in language arts as early as possible seems compelling.”

More specifically, we should focus, as early as possible, on developing “oral comprehension” (through read-alouds, exposure to complex sentences and words) and on exposing all students—particularly our most disadvantaged—to content-rich curriculum as early as possible.
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Reading and Oral Language:

  • Early
  • Frequent
  • Varied
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Digital Journal: A Global Digital Media Network

Digital Journal is a digital media news network with thousands of Digital Journalists in 200 countries around the world.

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Consider this as a possible resource in working with RI8 and RI9. 

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Some Things I've Learned About the Common Core | Digital Learning Environments

Some Things I've Learned About the Common Core | Digital Learning Environments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In the past two months I have been getting a crash course on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). First, I was invited to a kickoff meeting at my district about them. Next, I participated in a Webinar about the Common Core. Last weekend, I completed an assessment of my district’s technology for the CCSS. Finally, just today I started a process to align my district’s instructional technology master planning to the Common Core, working with a committee of curriculum coordinators, teachers and principals.


As a result of these experiences, here are 4 things I have learned about the Common Core.

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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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Stanford education experts help launch a new rigorous curriculum for English language learners

Stanford education experts help launch a new rigorous curriculum for English language learners | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A Stanford-led education initiative is sharing a new approach to teaching English language learners. Seventh graders with intermediate-level English language skills will, for example, grapple directly with challenging documents such as Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

It aims to help students who are still learning English to meet new standards in English language arts being required by the new Common Core State Standards. The Common Core, adopted in California and 44 other states, is a set of rigorous educational standards focused on helping students become better prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce.

"The Common Core requires students to go deeper by doing things like using text-based evidence to make arguments," said Hakuta, who co-chairs Understanding Language. "While that's great, it could disadvantage English language learners."
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I feel that I have collected material regarding how to use comic books in the classroom and why they are important. Now, I would like to focus on how it can be used to help English Learners, so understanding the strategies that help language development and connect those strategies to how to use comic books in education. This is a particularly interesting article because it focuses on the common core and is a whole unit that has been designed to increase language development.

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The weak critique of Common Core’s approach to great literature

The weak critique of Common Core’s approach to great literature | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
For those of who want to refocus literature instruction on teaching the kinds of rigorous, high quality texts—fiction and nonfiction alike—that students need to succeed in college and beyond, it’s time to call out the nonsense being pumped by this anti-Common Core noise machine and help teachers and school leaders focus their attention on the voluminous guidance included in the CCSS that is aimed at doing precisely that.
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Common Core misconception: It’s not plants versus Shakespeare - The Boston Globe

Common Core misconception: It’s not plants versus Shakespeare  - The Boston Globe | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
You may have heard the rumblings of panic recently over the new K-12 curriculum standards known as the Common Core. You may have read laments about how great literature will soon be dropped by American schools in favor of informational texts, intended to prepare students for the workforce — such as “Invasive Plant Inventory” by the California Invasive Plant Council.

It’s an irresistable story: a tale of mindless bureaucrats, shortsighted goals, and absurd educational fads. But it isn’t true.
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Illinois DOE: Common Core Resources

Illinois DOE: Common Core Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Common Core Illinois provides information and resources about the Common Core State Standards to the parents and educators of Illinois.
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From Quill Pens to Computer Adaptive Testing: Old and New Technological Devices

From Quill Pens to Computer Adaptive Testing: Old and New Technological Devices | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
There are many definitions of instructional technology. One concentrates on devices teachers use in classrooms. Another definition focuses on the different ways that teachers have used such devices as tools to advance learning in lessons. Even other definitions frame technology as processes, ways of organizing classrooms, schools, and districts.

I examine the second definition in this post: the connection between writing tools students used and the perpetual demand over the past two millennia of teachers in every culture to find out what students have learned. Here I consider the quill and steel-tipped pen, pencil, ball-point pen, and yes, the computer.
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Ironic that St. Isidore of Seville who is noted in this post for being among the first to mention the quill pen is also recognized by Catholics as being the patron saint of the Internet.  


From quills, pencils, ball points and mouse clicks the way students document and teachers measure learning continues to evolve.

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NEA, AFT Partner To Build Common-Core Tools

The two national teachers' unions have won $11 million to build an online warehouse of instructional tools for the Common Core State Standards. Student Achievement Partners, whose founders led the writing of the standards, is also a grantee. It will work with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers to build the tools and post them on Student Achievement Partners' website.
Deb Gardner's insight:

Resource not providing entire curricula. Instead will provide discrete pieces to help teachers design units that include:

  • coherehent text sets (in order to facilitate cross disciplinary learning and cross text synthesis)
  • help with improving students' academic vocabulary


Will include Math and ELA. Teachers from NEA and AFT will pilot tools, revise and then provide on Achieve The Core website.

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PARCC, ACTE, NASDCTEc Joint Press Release

PARCC, ACTE, NASDCTEc Joint Press Release | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have produced a joint statement to provide clarity regarding the meaning of College and Career Ready Determinations (CCRD) that were produced by PARCC in early November.
Deb Gardner's insight:

College & Career-Ready Determiniation (CCRD) Policy will:

  1. Send signal of academic preparedness for post secondary entry-level credit-bearing courses
  2. Measure ELA and Math only
  3. Measure academic preparedness for post-secondary education, not all skills for career

 

PARCC has also approved Performance Level Descriptors (PLD) that include:

  1. a policy claim that describes educational implications for students at a particular performance level
  2. general content claims that describe students' academic knowledge and skills at each of the five performance levels regardless of grade level


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Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections

Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
While there are a ton of essential skills that today's students need in order to succeed in tomorrow's world, learning to efficiently manage -- and to evaluate the reliability of -- the information that they stumble across online HAS to land somewhere near the top of the "Muy Importante" list.
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Both relevant AND timely.  ScoopIt! is quickly becoming a popular tool to aggregrate, filter, summarize and publish information to multiple social media platforms.  This would be an EXCELLENTextended activity for a class to take on. Meets many ISTE and CCSS standards with content standards playing supporting roles. 


I like the guide Bill Ferriter's students provide regarding curation.  Think I'd spin it a little and use a concept mapping app (Inspiration or Poplett) to diagram the decisions that go into content curation to further amplify the process behind the guidance.  Also a concept map could focus on different branches of curation (evaluating content, evaluating source credibility, etc.)

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Both relevant AND timely.  ScoopIt! is quickly becoming a popular tool to aggregrate, filter, summarize and publish information to multiple social media platforms.  This would be an EXCELLENT extended activity for a class to take on. Meets many ISTE and CCSS standards with content standards playing supporting roles. 


I like the guide Bill Ferriter's students provide regarding curation.  Think I'd spin it a little and use a concept mapping app (Inspiration or Poplett) to diagram the decisions that go into content curation to further amplify the process behind the guidance.  Also a concept map could focus on different branches of curation (evaluating content, evaluating source credibility, etc.)

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10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
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