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Learning to Read the Core: A View from 30,000 Feet

Learning to Read the Core: A View from 30,000 Feet | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Clear and concise overview

 

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ratzelster's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:23 PM

This video really helps explain what's going on and gives terrific tips on how to decipher all this Common Core "stuff".

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Common Core standards shift focus to critical thinking, problem solving - Pekin Daily Times

Common Core standards shift focus to critical thinking, problem solving - Pekin Daily Times | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
USA TODAY Common Core standards shift focus to critical thinking, problem solving Pekin Daily Times The idea is that, although teaching literature is the responsibility of English teachers once a student reaches high school, all subjects in some...
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Teacher Maricela Montoy-Wilson Defends #CommonCore: A Response to Principal Carol Burris

Teacher Maricela Montoy-Wilson Defends #CommonCore: A Response to Principal Carol Burris | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Guest Post: Maricela Montoy-Wilson teaches second grade in East Palo Alto, California, where she has taught for the last six years. She graduated from Stanford


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20 Charts to Help You Teach Close Reading ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Charts to Help You Teach Close Reading ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Close reading is a  much debated topic in the world of academe. I have recently attended a seminar on this topic and it seems like several teachers are still missing the mark concerning what and how to go about teaching students to be close readers. Close reading is definitely a "survival skill" particularly in a world drowned in information. Close reading is all about reading differently.


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3 Political Barriers the Common Core Tests Face

3 Political Barriers the Common Core Tests Face | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The beginning of the Common Core story—the creation and deployment of the standards—has come to a close. In Act Two, states will start using new Common Core-aligned exams for accountability...

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  1. Technology Problems
  2. Mid-Term Elections
  3. Lower Test Scores
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What do the Common Core standards mean for students? Short video on Kindergarten standard

What is the Common Core and what does it mean for students? The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language a... (In all seriousness, what's wrong w/ this?


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, September 25, 10:58 AM

Please share this...there are so many bad examples of math worksheets supposedly aligned to the Common Core math standards. My teachers appreciate videos--they show them how to apply the standards. Worksheets are hard to understand becasue they are inaudible! Math teachers need more videos like this!

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.


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Noam Chomsky on Assessment

Noam Chomsky on Assessment | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Herewith another teaser from the Learning {Re}imagined transmedia project coming out on October 1st from Bloomsbury. This time is an excerpt from an interview with social and political theorist, Professor Noam Chomsky.   In this 7 minute excerpt I ask Chomsky about his thoughts on the value of the way we currently use high stakes…
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NYT offers Free, Common Core Aligned Content

NYT offers Free, Common Core Aligned Content | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The New York Times blog, the Learning Network, is up and running for the new academic year. If you're unfamiliar with this tool, the New York Times offers free lesson plans and content for Social S...

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Parent-friendly video explanation of Common Core from NBC

Parent-friendly video explanation of Common Core from NBC | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan

"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"I would encourage you to continue to teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text. The point would be to make it possible for kids to make sense of truly challenging texts; the use of strategies could be enough to allow some kids to scaffold their own reading successfully--meaning they might be able to read frustration level texts as if they were written at their instructional level."


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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 26, 1:59 PM

Strategy instruction always worked for my students!

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How Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core

How Higher ed is embracing goals of Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"There is a growing list of large-scale K-12/higher education cooperative efforts. Well before Common Core, there were great examples of K–12 and higher education working together to define common academic expectations for students and create a more seamless pathway between the two sectors."


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 21, 5:59 PM

Proud of the universities in AL who are stepping up to the plate and the collaboration with higher ed.

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Common Core online toolkit released as standards are remodeled

Common Core online toolkit released as standards are remodeled | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

EdSource Today Common Core online toolkit released as standards are remodeled Lake County Record-Bee SACRAMENTO >> Educators and school districts now have a new free-of-charge toolkit to help them understand how the Common Core State Standards are...


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A Teacher's Guide to Brave New World: Common-Core Aligned Teacher Materials and a Sample Chapter - Free E-books Me!

A Teacher's Guide to Brave New World: Common-Core Aligned Teacher Materials and a Sample Chapter - Free E-books Me! | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Are you the author of this book? Start the conversation … (A Teacher's Guide to Brave New World: Common-Core Aligned ...
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Close Reading of Texts

An overview of what we mean by "close reading" -- as part of the shifts in the Common Core

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, September 27, 9:13 PM

This Prezi from Kevin Hodgson on the fundamentals of close reading is concise and includes embedded video. It might be especially helpful for teachers who are visual learners.

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Leveled reading: The making of a literacy myth

Leveled reading: The making of a literacy myth | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Among opponents of the Common Core, one of the more popular targets of vitriol is the standards’ focus on improving literacy by introducing higher levels of textual complexity into the instructional mix.

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Interesting piece, this seems an area that is getting a lot of attention.

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Evernote for Educators - LiveBinder

Evernote for Educators - LiveBinder | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Guide to using Evernote in the classroom

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, September 26, 2:01 AM

This is something we need to be aware of. It's an excellent App.

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How to learn? From mistakes

How to learn? From mistakes | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Diana Laufenberg shares 3 surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, September 24, 2:19 PM

Inspiring and thought-provoking (as is most TEDTalks I've watched) talk about learning from mistakes.

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PARCC and SBAC States Agree to Deliver Student-level Data to USDOE // Dr. Mercedes Schneider

PARCC and SBAC States Agree to Deliver Student-level Data to USDOE // Dr. Mercedes Schneider | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Two highlights of this post (By Mercedes Schneider): 

 

"In September 2010, two assessment consortia “won” federal Race to the Top (RTTT) money for the “design, development, and evaluation of the assessment system” known as Race to the Top Assessment (RTTA): The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

 

PARCC received $170 million, and SBAC, $160 million, plus an additional $16 million to each consortium to “support efforts to help participating States successfully transition to common standards and assessments.”

 

Their award letters can be found here for PARCC and here for SBAC.  In the award letters, both PARCC and SBAC were expected by January 7, 2011, to “negotiate and complete a final cooperative agreement” with the federal government regarding the usage of the “common standards” assessments.


The fine print for taking college-and-career-ready dough from the feds. 


Both cooperative agreements can be found here for PARCC and here for SBAC.


I have heard individuals ask about whether one of the requirements of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the release of student-level data to the federal government. I have heard pro-CCSS officials dismiss this idea as unfounded.

Not so.

 

PARCC and SBAC are the federally-funded, CCSS-assessment consortia. In order to receive those federal millions for CCSS assessment development, both consortia had to agree to deliver student-level data to USDOE."

 

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"One more item for this post:

As education historian Diane Ravitch noted in her September 8, 2014, interview with Tavis Smiley, USDOE is using the CCSS assessment consortia it has funded as vehicles to push school districts into pouring money into technology (Item 7):

An eligible applicant awarded a grant under this category must—
Use technology to the maximum extent appropriate to develop, administer, and score assessments and report assessment results. [Emphasis added.]


What is baffling is that those who complain about the amount of money spent on American education in the wake of dissatisfying international test results are now pushing a test-driven reform that requires additional billions in technology expenditures (see also here and here and here) but that is expected to flunk more kids."...

 

 

 


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Congressional report: Common Core is not a curriculum!

Congressional report: Common Core is not a curriculum! | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Report: Common Core is not a curriculum, and it's legal for the feds to offer millions of dollars if states adopt it.

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Duncan Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards

Duncan Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan decided to punish Oklahoma for revoking the Common Core standards, according to Caitlin Emma in Politico. Oklahoma will lose its federal waiver from the structure...
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Common Core PARCC CEO Acknowledges Goal of Assessments to Drive Curriculum

Common Core PARCC CEO Acknowledges Goal of Assessments to Drive Curriculum | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The federally funded Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a Common Core assessment consortium, issued a press release Friday that confirmed the Common Core standards and their associated tests are intended to...
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Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support

Common Core Implementation: Two factors eroding support | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Conflating testing and evaluation with education standards threatens Common Core.

 

assessing students’ knowledge of CCSS material before full implementationevaluating educators based on CCSS test scores


These two factors "have caused movement away from the very standards that could benefit students across the country."


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Videos, Common Core Resources And Lesson Plans For Teachers: Teaching Channel - Over 1300 Q&A!

Videos, Common Core Resources And Lesson Plans For Teachers: Teaching Channel - Over 1300 Q&A! | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.


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What's behind the declining support for the Common Core?

What's behind the declining support for the Common Core? | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

What's behind the declining support for the Common Core?Results from the annual Education Next poll are out today, and the news is not good for us proponents of the Common Core.


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 20, 9:10 AM

Based on Michael Petrelli's concluding paragraphs, perhaps I am now more open to referring to the standards by the state name--if that makes people feel better. I have felt strongly about referring to the standards as what they are, but if the name is the issue for most citizens, then I can move:  "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" (Shakespeare).