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Coleman is coming: Look busy!

Coleman is coming: Look busy! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In our zeal to change everything, will we end up accomplishing nothing?

 

The reality is that, if state implementation of the Common Core is going to succeed where so many other standards implementation efforts have failed, it’s going to require less busywork and more genuine, systemic change. And to make that happen, states and districts should take a page from the CCSS creation playbook by taking their time, prioritizing what is essential, and focusing their work on the areas where they can have the biggest impact.

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CCSSO Highlights State Common Core Implementation Work in New Publication

CCSSO Highlights State Common Core Implementation Work in New Publication | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

To provide all states with quick access to sample practices they can quickly and easily use, CCSSO has compiled examples of state Common Core implementation work in three keys areas:

1) system alignment and systems change;

2) educator supports; and

3) communication and engagement tools.

 

The resource is offered as a way to facilitate ongoing networking among states and is intended to be a quick reference document to support the sharing of lessons learned and work accomplished.

 

Examples were chosen based on quality and accessibility of information via the web. It is not an exhaustive list of state implementation work; additional examples will be added as they become available. If you have a resource you would like to share from your state, please contact Katey McGettrick.

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Seven Tips for Aligning Assignments to Common Core

Seven Tips for Aligning Assignments to Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Consider these important features of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts, in both the anchors and their grade-level versions, when crafting assignments. 

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Ted Caron's comment, August 15, 2012 10:28 AM
Number 4: "The bulk of writing assignments should be multiparagraph compositions, such as reports and essays, rather than personal essays, memoirs, or narratives. (W1,2,7, 9.). Authors should be careful about overlooking narratives as they still account for 1/3 of CCSS writing expectations.
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Harvard Education Letter: Nine Ways Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice

Harvard Education Letter: Nine Ways Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

There's good news and bad news for supporters of the Common Core State Standards. The good news is that the vast majority of teachers have read the Standards and nearly all like them. The bad news is that about 80 percent of mathematics teachers said the Standards were “pretty much the same” as their current state standards.

 

Those teachers might want to take a closer look. While the Common Core State Standards share many features and concepts with existing standards, the new standards also represent a substantial departure from current practice in a number of respects.

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How can the 4 C's be used to achieve Common Core State Standards?

How can the 4 C's be used to achieve Common Core State Standards? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I'm well aware of the importance of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication (the Four C's) to success in both the classroom and the workplace. So, I've been a strong supporter of imbedding the acquisition of those skills into formal education even before the inception of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and the creation of the impressive tools that have resulted from the P21 work.


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The Golden Age of Common Core: Teach Now, Test Later?

The Golden Age of Common Core: Teach Now, Test Later? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This might just be a golden opportunity, claims Justin Baeder. The standards are clear and define what students should know and be able to do.

 

They leave plenty of room for teachers to determine how to help their students meet the standards. Yet they don't specify narrow tasks and assignments, and this creates a rare window of freedom to just teach well and not worry about standardized testing.

 

With standardized tests from the consortia a good year away, wouldn't the classroom be a golden place to begin teaching with the Common Core?

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Shift Happens: Here Comes the Common Core!

Shift Happens: Here Comes the Common Core! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Steve Weber writes, "as educators move into the 'Implementation' phase, it is important to remember the words of Michael Fullan (1993), "Systems don't change by themselves. Rather, the actions of individuals and small groups working on new conceptions intersect to produce breakthroughs."

 

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The Fear of Failure: What's it mean in schools?

The Fear of Failure: What's it mean in schools? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As a follow up, to a recently written article, “Are You a Risk Taker?" ASCD contributor, Steven Weber continues the conversation in this piece about "The Fear of Failure."

 

BTW, although Winston Churchill doesn't have the monopoly on stellar quotes, he has a few notables regarding courage, risk, success and failure.

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Student Achievement Partners Launch Five PD Modules (public domain)

Student Achievement Partners Launch Five PD Modules (public domain) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

These flexible, ready-to-use modules intend to support educators in the understanding and effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards.


The modules are intended for use directly by individual educators, in professional learning communities, or for preparing to lead the professional development in a school or district setting. The time required for each module can be customized, suitable for a variety of applications, by expanding the amount of time spent on the activities and in discussion.


Each module contains a facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint presentations with thorough notes, hands-on activities, related readings and research, recommended topics for discussion, and web and video resources. Refer to the Facilitator’s Guide for specific instructions on how to use each part of the module.

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Deconstructing CCSS

Deconstructing CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Oh I REALLY like this! These types of intimate "getting-to-know-you" exercises, conversations and collaborations teachers will have about common core standards within their grade bands will enable them to really understand the expectations of Common Core.

 

Sure, we can "google" I-Cans and post them in our classrooms, but it's this digging in that will help us really understand what our students must know and be able to do.  

 

I need to read this, and read it again.  Good stuff here!

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Don't Politicize the Common Core State Standards!

Don't Politicize the Common Core State Standards! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"As a parent, the Common Core State Standards provide my wife and me with a clear understanding of what my children are expected to learn at each grade level, K through 12, regardless of what state the job takes our family (with the exception of a notable few). That the Standards are evidence-based and developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and experts gives me confidence that my kids will graduate fully prepared for college."

 

"Unfortunately, like so many other issues, the Common Core State Standards are surrounded by myths and are being misrepresented for supposed political gain; the incredible value that the Standards provide to parents wanting to be fully engaged in their children's education makes this all the more dangerous and could represent a huge loss to our education system in America."

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Common Core Support Tools

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Ahhh one of the inherent benefits of using common standards among states - many states are doing great work!  Here North Carolina starts at the ground floor and offers spiraling support tools to assist teachers in working with the new standards.

 

It might be wortha look see to see how your state compares to NC's. Is there anything that confirms or disagrees with your understanding of teaching with the new standards?

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Commentary: Creating conditions for Common Core | EdNewsColorado

Commentary: Creating conditions for Common Core | EdNewsColorado | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Differentiation, feedback and struggling are the hallmarks of learning. This is true for all beginning and experienced learners, including teachers.

 

It comes down to time. Time for teachers to collaboratively make the standards coherent – to decipher the myriad levels of standards.

 

This is what we ask of students when they are confronted with new information, or new vocabulary—put the information into their own language, make it their own. For teachers, this will require districts to provide ample learning time. (A recent study showed that, on average, teachers spend 3 percent of their time collaborating – nowhere near enough time!)

 

We also need to, in the words of Michael Fullan, honor the implementation dip.

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A White Paper on the Common Core Standards

A White Paper on the Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe co-write a white paper on successfully implementing the Common Core Standards. 

 

Common misconceptions are identified and McTighe and Wiggins contend that Appedices B and C offer some of the most helpful sections of the ELA standards in that clarity on text complexity and the type of performance tasks that will be expected of students are specified

 

A "what-to-do", "what-not-to-do" extended GIST follows:

 

"This performance-based conception of Standards lies at the heart of what is needed to translate the Common Core into a robust curriculum and assessment system. The curriculum and related instruction must be designed backward from an analysis of standards-based assessments; i.e., worthy performance tasks anchored by rigorous rubrics and annotated work samples. We predict that the alternative – a curriculum mapped in a typical scope and sequence based on grade-level content specifications – will encourage a curriculum of disconnected “coverage” and make it more likely that people will simply retrofit the new language to the old way of doing business.”

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New Standards, New Scores, New Lessons to be Learned

New Standards, New Scores, New Lessons to be Learned | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

More from the tri-state area as Kentucky begins analyzing their implementation of CCSS in 2011-2012.  Stu Silberman again refers to the possible "implementation dip" and encourages other states to learn from Kentucky's experience. He speaks to the importance of being proactive in communicating what the CCSS are and why test scores may initially decline.

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Ten Keys to Success: The Principal’s Role in Implementing the Common Core

Ten Keys to Success: The Principal’s Role in Implementing the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Just what CAN administrators do to help their schools implement Common Core and what does "simplexity" have to do with it?

 

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A Common Core Implementation Manifesto

A Common Core Implementation Manifesto | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As usual... changes abound for teachers. There are new students in our classrooms each year, new common core standards, new curriculum, new ways to assess teachers, not to mention many schools implementing 1:1 programs which introduces a whole new way of thinking about classroom management and instructional strategies. 

 

In this article Vicki Otten provides a thoughtful reflection on implementing Common Core and a few helpful hints as teachers begin to collabrate and teach with them

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11 Tech Tools to Help Teach the Common Core Standards

11 Tech Tools to Help Teach the Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tech tools to help teach, communicate and be more productive with Common Core State Standards.

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Business leaders rally around Common Core

Business leaders rally around Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A worthwhile read on the necessity to implement and achieve with Common Core State Standards from the perspective of commerce.

 

Not only do several business leaders voice concerns and support for CCSS, leaders from the NEA and AFT also weigh in on their vitality and timeliness.

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Common Sense and the Common Core

Common Sense and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Wendy shares the following about beginning to use the Common Core State Standards, "I do think there are things for school librarians to get excited about with the adoption of the Common Core. But it's not the new resources. It's opportunities for collaboration on the suggested range of research projects, small and large, a mandate to evaluate resources, use appropriate citation styles, integrate a range of types of text, and present work through multimedia and authentically produced products."

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12 Days of Summer (School) | Real Talk About Bumps in the Road

A summer school teacher grapples with the Common Core ELA standards for the first time and shares her candid self assessment about what went wrong and she "fixed it."  Insightful!

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Awareness Is Key to Success of Common Core

Awareness Is Key to Success of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A new poll suggests the more stakeholders know about the state-led initiative, the more they like it however, there's still work to be done in communicating what Common Core Standards are, what they are intended to do and what changes in asssessments are likely to be observed.

"Teachers are the communicators parents listen to most," he says. "It's important for states and districts and even school leaders to make sure that teachers have the right resources."
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Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do?

Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Daniel Thatcher, ed policy specialist, offers a tracking sheet to monitor states' progress in legislation regarding Common Core. The link to his shared Google doc is included in the text.

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The Beatles and The Common Core

The Beatles and The Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Love this!  Beatlemania and the Common Core.  Could some of these be used as ice breakers as you kick off some PD sessions focused on transitioning to Common Core? Can I get a little, "Twist and Shout?" Come on... "Don't Let Me Down."

 

 

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Top Ten Strategies for Reading the Common Core Standards | Burkins & Yaris

Top Ten Strategies for Reading the Common Core Standards  | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This is a list of strategies that will help teachers think about the contents of the Common Core. These strategies provide a multitude of lenses and ways to think critically about what each of the standards say and hope to achieve.

 

Also note the link to the Top Ten Misunderstandings Surrounding Common Core. It wouldn't be education if there wasn't a difference of opinions!

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