The Common Core State Standards initiative was commissioned by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers with additional funding received from the Gates and Mott Foundations.
A new report on state-level implementation of Common Core merits some attention—but less for its top-line findings and more for how it confirms what I’m now calling the “Common Core Implementation Gap.” That’s the miles of daylight between the...
NEA, AFT Partner To Build Common-Core Tools - Curriculum Matters ...Education Week News (blog)The two national teachers' unions have won $11 million to build an online warehouse of instructional tools for the Common Core State Standards.
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We are all familiar with the idea of service in communities and service in schools. Service learning, however, has distinctive aspects that separate this pedagogy from what we often call “community service” or “project-based learning.” With high-quality service learning, students:
Increase academic rigor through relevance and application of content and skillsParticipate in social analysis as they investigate an authentic community need, typically through action research using media, interviews, surveys, and observation More
It is exactly this “close reading” that Common Core supporters hope will usher in a new era of reading instruction—one where teachers select grade-appropriate texts for all students; where they have students read and reread those texts—perhaps more times than even makes sense or feels comfortable—to support deep comprehension and analysis; and where they push students to engage in the text itself—in the author’s words, not in how those words make us feel.