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Going Big on Argument with the Article of the Week | Teaching the Core

Going Big on Argument with the Article of the Week | Teaching the Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
In this post, Dave discusses how he came to choose only argumentative articles for the article of the week assignment. He includes references to Gerald Graff and more!

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The Instructional Core

The intersection of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the Instructional Core.


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Education: The Challenge and Promise of Common Core - Highbrow Magazine

Education: The Challenge and Promise of Common Core - Highbrow Magazine | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Highbrow Magazine Education: The Challenge and Promise of Common Core Highbrow Magazine Common Core is a new set of standards in English language arts and mathematics designed to assess and instruct students, placing greater emphasis on critical...


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Common Core testing: 'A lot of problems,

Common Core testing: 'A lot of problems, | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Computers freezing and Internet sites crashing. Students logged out in the middle of a test. Others logged into the wrong test.

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A Superintendent's Perspective on Common Core

A Superintendent's Perspective on Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

As states and districts across the country address the challenges inherent in the shift to new standards, superintendents play a critical role in facilitating the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.


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40 New K-5 Reading Comprehension Passages | Readworks

40 New K-5 Reading Comprehension Passages | Readworks | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!

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"Non-Negotiable" Criteria for Alignment to #CommonCore

"Non-Negotiable" Criteria for Alignment to #CommonCore | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

The rubric for grades 3–12 includes four “non-negotiable” criteria—all of which had to be met to earn a Tier 1 or Tier 2 rating:

Text complexity: Materials had to fall within grade-level complexity bands, and texts needed to increase in complexity across grade bands.Text quality: The rubric requires that “Texts are of sufficient scope and quality to provide text-centered and integrated learning that is sequenced and scaffolded to advance students toward independent reading of grade level texts and build content knowledge (ELA, social studies, science and technical subjects, and the arts). The quality of texts is high—they support multiple readings for various purposes and exhibit exceptional craft and thought and/or provide useful information.”Foundational reading skills: “Materials provide instruction and diagnostic support in concepts of print, phonics, vocabulary, development, syntax, and fluency in a logical and transparent progression.”Text-dependent questions: “Text-dependent questions and tasks reflect the requirements of Reading Standard 1 by requiring use of textual evidence in support of meeting other grade-specific standards.”

These are important indicators of alignment and do clearly reflect the requirements of the Common Core literacy standards.


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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 25, 12:02 PM

Important Common Core information for school librarians to make that connection with their print and online resources.  How to support Common core with the school library collection?!

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How do teachers ensure that texts continually rise in complexity? What is your strategy to reuse texts for various purposes (e.g., foundational skills, stretch texts)? How do you keep assignments broad enough to engage a range of reading ability? 

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3 Doable Tips for Teachers Choosing Informational Texts - Edudemic

3 Doable Tips for Teachers Choosing Informational Texts - Edudemic | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
If you’re like most English Language Arts teachers, you’ve probably reviewed the new informational text requirements and wondered: What books do I choose? And how do I know if I’m even doing this right? Sure, they sound intimidating, but satisfying these new guidelines doesn’t have to be complicated, or mean you have to throw out …
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Editorial: It's too early to expand Michigan's Education Achievement Authority

Editorial: It's too early to expand Michigan's Education Achievement Authority | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
An expansion of the controversial Education Achievement Authority has passed the state House and is on its way back to the Senate, where we're hopeful it will die a quick, painful death.
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Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers - NPR

Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers - NPR | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers
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Morning Edition. 5 min 41 sec. Playlist; Download. New education standards called Common Core are being adopted in 45 states and Washington, D.C.
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Schools coping with Common Core turbulence

The rollout of the Common Core State Standards in classrooms nationwide this school year has been “bumpy” as states struggle to provide professional development for teachers, align curricular material

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50 myths and lies about public schools - Washington Post (blog)

50 myths and lies about public schools - Washington Post (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) 50 myths and lies about public schools Washington Post (blog) Private schools enrolled a higher percentage of White students and a lower percentage of Black and Hispanic students than did public schools in all grades (4th,...
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2014 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American ... - Brookings Institution

2014 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American ... - Brookings Institution | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Brookings Institution 2014 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American ... Brookings Institution Admission to an academic high school in Shanghai is almost impossible for a student not holding a Shanghai hukou.


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Pearson Pays $7.7 Million in Common Core Settlement

Pearson Pays $7.7 Million in Common Core Settlement | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

By Lindsey Layton, Dec. 13th, 2013 - Washington Post
"Pearson Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of educational publishing giant Pearson Inc., has agreed to pay a $7.7 million settlement to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman after he determined that the foundation had created Common Core products to generate “tens of millions of dollars” for its corporate sister."

 

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Performance Tasks Can Lead Us to Deeper Learning

Performance Tasks Can Lead Us to Deeper Learning | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The assessments developed by PARCC and Smarter Balanced may not be ideal, but they represent a major step forward in testing.

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Avoiding the Trap of "Q A Teaching"

Avoiding the Trap of "Q  A Teaching" | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, identifies the problem of 'Q&A teaching' and offers five tips for teachers to examine and improve their modeling and direct instruction practice.

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Mikko Hakala's curator insight, March 30, 12:17 PM

Great, practical insight on the problems of "Q&A teaching".

 

In the Q&A situation, teacher's questions may come too early (during the time the students still expect teacher's clear eplanation). In other words, students are requested to contribute before they are ready. Moreover, unplanned Q&A conversations may lead to time problems. 

 

Five ideas are given to avoid the problem. The first one may be the most important: the students should know your intention (e.g. that they will be tested at the end).

 

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Field Testing Common Core Assessments -- A Big Step Toward a Worthy Goal

Field Testing Common Core Assessments -- A Big Step Toward a Worthy Goal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

The week of March 24 represents a milestone in American education that I think is worth taking a few moments to reflect on....


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Move to digital testing platforms raising questions

Move to digital testing platforms raising questions | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Cultivating a Growth Mindset Inside Inclusion Classrooms

Cultivating a Growth Mindset Inside Inclusion Classrooms | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck's growth mindset research can lead to greater collaboration among co-teachers and help all students in inclusion classrooms master the Common Core.

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Teachers reveal what they REALLY think about Common Core

Teachers reveal what they REALLY think about Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Teachers reveal what they REALLY think about Common Core Daily Caller Shocking news: In classrooms and school staff meetings across the country, teachers and school administrators are sharing enthusiasm over new educational standards known as the...

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Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field 2

Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field 2 | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

"The transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach. It also provides a chance to reflect on how our most marginalized students most effectively learn the most difficult knowledge and skills."


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EAA expansion bill passes Michigan House in narrow vote

EAA expansion bill passes Michigan House in narrow vote | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
No schools could be referred to the State School Reform/Redesign Office before Jan. 1, 2015.
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Testing to, and Beyond, the Common Core | Linda Darling Hammond

Testing to, and Beyond, the Common Core | Linda Darling Hammond | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

" Assessments that provide direct evidence of what students can do related to the specific curriculum they are taught can be more accurate and productive than the value-added metrics based on state test scores that are currently popular."


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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

After participating in an exciting webinar on Libraries, Technology, and Implementing Common Core provided by AASL, I began to think about how the role of the school-based media specialist is evolvin (Why the role of the school-based media specialist...


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Oakland Literacy Podcast

Oakland Literacy Podcast | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Hear the exciting things happening in literacy in Oakland County, Michigan. Hear from educators, authors, students as well as about great literacy projects.
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Latest podcast - Margaret Heritage discusses Formative Assessment

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Big business takes on tea party on Common Core

Big business takes on tea party on Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Tea party activists have been waging war for months against the Common Core academic standards. Now, in a coordinated show of muscle, Big Business is fighting back — and notching wins. The urgent effort stems from a sense among supporters that this is a make-or-break moment for the Common Core, which is under siege all over the country. A coalition...
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