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The NY Times and CCSS Reading Strategies: Oooops!

The NY Times and CCSS Reading Strategies: Oooops! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Although the article identifies unique reading strategies and activities as well as some oldies but goodies, there are a couple that directly contradict those suggested in material published by Achieve and elsewhere.

 

Can you identify which ones don't  belong?

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Achieve Receives New Grant from GE Foundation

Achieve Receives New Grant from GE Foundation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Achieve, a nonprofit education reform organization, has received a three year, $7 million grant from the GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GE, that will greatly assist in implementation of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

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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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Deeper Reading and Critical Thinking Using Document Based Questions

Deeper Reading and Critical Thinking Using Document Based Questions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Worth the read, this post correlates the skills of summarizing, recognizing points of view and analysis/evaluation with the Common Core State Standards in multiple grade bands using DBQs (document based questions).  

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Shanahan on Literacy: Text Difficulty and Adolescents

Shanahan on Literacy: Text Difficulty and Adolescents | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Thanks to Tim Shanahan for his comments on using leveled texts and additional scaffolding for adolescents who are not reading at grade level.  Consider this a must read!

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PARCC UPDATE: An attendee's notes

PARCC UPDATE: An attendee's notes | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC held an update for education leaders in DC on July 30, 2012. In this blog post, take a look at one participant's notes. Be sure to take a look at the  "What's Next" section.

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Broward County Public Schools Common Core Resource Website

Broward County Public Schools Common Core Resource Website | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Broward County, Florida offers teachers, parents and stakeholders in the community a place to learn and share about Common Core.  

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How Do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice?

How Do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This post looks at reading anchor standards 1-6 through the lens of practice and looks at the ways in which these standards imply the need to read frequently.  Read, re-read, think and read again! 

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Anchors Aweigh! for the ELA Anchor Standards in Writing

Anchors Aweigh! for the ELA Anchor Standards in Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ELA Anchor Standards in Writing linked to helpful, more specific explanations of each standard.  

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The Common Core Challenge for ELLs

The Common Core Challenge for ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This article provides guidance and information regarding Common Core and English Language Learners. Kenji Hakuta of Stanford University is leading a national effort to develop CCSS aligned resources that provide specific support for educators working with ELLs.

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Common Core Suggested Reading List for ELA | Elementary Tests

Common Core Suggested Reading List for ELA | Elementary Tests | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A guide for parents in selecting books that align with Common Core expectations regarding text complexity. 

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The Curriculum Reformation by Sol Stern, City Journal Summer 2012

The Curriculum Reformation by Sol Stern, City Journal Summer 2012 | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"It's the curriculum, stupid!" says E.D. Hirsch, one of America's most neglected education reformers regarding the decline in our country's schools.  The return to "core knowledge"  is the key to true ed reform and getting our schools back track.

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Uncovering "Complex Text" in the Common Core

Uncovering "Complex Text" in the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Summarizing content from Appendix A of the ELA Common Core State Standards, this article identifies the three aspects of text complexity. Also highlighted is the rationale for students reading and understanding difficult texts.

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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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Are We Confusing Standards with Standardization?

Are We Confusing Standards with Standardization? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards have nothing to do with standardizing instruction.  We, the teachers, are still tasked with being diligent, creative, rigorous and engaging in our preparation, teaching and assessment.  Read this blog post (and ensuing comments) for a fresh perspective.

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How do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice?

How do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

No amount of listening, reading, or watching helps one as much as actually DOING that which aims to be improved.

 

How then will students “read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently?” There is only one way: PRACTICE.

 

Practice may not make perfect, but it will make PARCC. :)

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Teacher Take-Aways from PARCC's Education Leader Cadre Conference

Teacher Take-Aways from PARCC's Education Leader Cadre Conference | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

See what this teacher's three take-aways were from PARCC's Education Leader Cadre (ELC) Conference in Chicago. 

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How To Integrate the Arts in the ELA Common Core Classroom

Because Common Core promotes the importance of all students studying the arts, this document highlights places where ELA instruction could be enhanced by connecting a genre or particular text, or a theme of a unit, to works of art, music, or film. 

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PARCC: What does it mean to be "College Ready?" DRAFT

This draft version further defines what it means to be "college ready", performance levels for both ELA and Math and a discussion of the threshold (aka cut scores). 

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Utah Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts

Utah Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A collection of Common Core Resources written for Utah teachers that provides many valuable resources for teachers in all states.

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The Importance of Background Knowledge in Reading Complex Texts

The Importance of Background Knowledge in Reading Complex Texts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, authors of "Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives" assert that one of the greatest predictors of reading comprehension is background knowledge. Simply said, how much a reader already knows about a topic will significantly influence whether or not the reader understands the text.

 

 

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History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy

History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For years, educators have been trying to free history instruction from the mire of memorization and propel it instead with the kinds of inquiry that drive historians themselves. Now, the common-core standards may offer more impetus for districts and schools to adopt that brand of instruction.


A study of one such approach suggests that it can yield a triple academic benefit: It can deepen students’ content knowledge, help them think like historians, and also build their reading comprehension.


The Reading Like a Historian program, a set of 75 free secondary school lessons in U.S. history, is getting a new wave of attention as teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts.

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United States' Founding Documents

United States' Founding Documents | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Great non-fiction resource that includes documents and principles of our country's founding fathers. Includes timelines, historical docs written by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Wilson, George Washington, et al.

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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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Will Common Core usher in a return to content-driven instruction?

Will Common Core usher in a return to content-driven instruction? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Will the few critical but passing phrases that link the Common Core ELA standards to a content-rich curriculum be enough to drive instructional changes our students so desperately need?

 

 

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