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Smarter Balanced Assessment System Presentation

Executive Director Joe Willhoft provides an update on the progress of Smarter Balanced in a new webinar.
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‘Teachers Know A Lot About Scaffolding’ For Complex Texts

‘Teachers Know A Lot About Scaffolding’ For Complex Texts | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Generals Defend Common Core - Daily Caller

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Generals Defend Common Core
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As another state debates whether to withdraw from the controversial Common Core multi-state education standards, input is coming from a surprising source: the military.
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Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items? - Blogs ...

Can Any State Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Test Items? - Blogs ... | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Some states don't plan to use the common-core tests being developed by PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests, but still would like to draw on those consortia's item banks to build their own tests. ...
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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life?
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Editorial: Keep the MEAP? That's not very smart, lawmakers

The Michigan Legislature seems set on a remarkably foolish course of action: A last-minute scramble to develop a new test to assess Michigan students' academic success.
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eduCanon - Create & share videos with embedded digital content and questions

eduCanon - Create & share videos with embedded digital content and questions | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
eduCanon is the best way to flip or blend your class by embedding digital content into engaging video. @educanon123
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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies

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Mary Clark's curator insight, February 19, 4:01 PM

This is what I was aiming at with my lesson plan for using primary source images.  Here's a link to that lesson.  You'd need to log in to see the Common Core Standards it addresses, as well as the graphic organizers and rubrics:  http://aasl.jesandco.org/content/picturing-historyanalyzing-and-researching-primary-source-images

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Gates Foundation calls for 2-year delay in Common Core tests - Chicago Sun-Times

Gates Foundation calls for 2-year delay in Common Core tests - Chicago Sun-Times | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Gates Foundation calls for 2-year delay in Common Core tests Chicago Sun-Times The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has championed the Common Core State Standards and is credited with getting them implemented in more than 40 states, is...
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Fewer than half of superintendents believe that teachers are well prepared for teaching the #CommonCore

Fewer than half of superintendents believe that teachers are well prepared for teaching the #CommonCore | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Fewer than half of superintendents surveyed believe that teachers in their school districts are well prepared for teaching the Common Core State Standards, according to results from two new Gallup/Education Week polls in which district leaders express some widely divergent results.

For example, while just 44 percent of the superintendents surveyed said teachers were well prepared to teach to the more-rigorous learning goals, slightly more of them—50 percent—reported that teachers were ready to provide support to students who needed extra help with the standards, such as English-language learners.


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How annotation can help students understand complex texts

How annotation can help students understand complex texts | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

“Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.”


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Mary Clark's curator insight, June 15, 11:15 AM

Great tips for how to teach annotation, and the pitfalls to avoid. 

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What Is the Best Way to Measure Student Learning and Growth? #CommonCore Radio

What Is the Best Way to Measure Student Learning and Growth? #CommonCore Radio | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Summative assessment, formative assessment, mastery, individual growth, what is the best way to measure student progress?


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Common Core Proponents Were Motivated by Inadequate State Standards, Not Gates Money

Common Core Proponents Were Motivated by Inadequate State Standards, Not Gates Money | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Back in 2006, I was present at the first meeting of state organizations and educators to discuss the possibility of states developing a common set of education standards that were more rigorous than what states were currently using....

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Ohio Bucks Trend, Sticks With The #CommonCore

Ohio Bucks Trend, Sticks With The #CommonCore | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Republicans in several red states are heeding the outcry from conservatives that the Common Core is, at best, hurting education (at worst it's a federal plot to indoctrinate your kids.)

But on Wednesday Ohio's legislature, which is heavily Republican, reaffirmed the math and English standards it adopted along with 43 other states and the District of

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Over 400,000 Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

Over 400,000 Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 25, 10:56 AM

Lesson Planet is a website that provides teachers with a convenient place where they can search for, discover, and share standard-correlated lesson plan resources. Teachers can search over 400.000 online lesson-planning resources reviewed and rated by a team of credentialed teachers. Lesson Planet also provides worksheets, presentations, educational videos and several other good materials to use in your class.

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Top 20 Organizations Receiving Common Core Grants from the ...

Top 20 Organizations Receiving Common Core Grants from the ... | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
In this post, I am going to report on those organizations that were funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to make the Common Core State Standards a reality. ...
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Major Education Leaders Express Support For The Common Core

Major Education Leaders Express Support For The Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher education leaders in 33 states on Tuesday announced the formation of a coalition in support of Common Core education standards rolling out in most states.

The more than 200 college presidents and state higher education...
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OPINION: Concerning Common Core - EdSurge

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OPINION: Concerning Common Core EdSurge The standards need time to work. Teachers need time to develop lessons,” wrote Vicki Philips, Gates' director of education. Coincidental timing?


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Forming Your Lessons with Formative Assessment

Forming Your Lessons with Formative Assessment | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Formative assessment is the process of using knowledge about students learning during instruction to adjust and guide your own instruction.
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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!

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Common Core Raises Questions on Future of Ed-Tech Spending - Education Week News

Common Core Raises Questions on Future of Ed-Tech Spending - Education Week News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Washington Post Common Core Raises Questions on Future of Ed-Tech Spending Education Week News "Common core is driving a much more sophisticated use of technology, and we'll see spending increases as we learn more about the impact of new...
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Why Pearson Tests Our Kids - Huffington Post

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Why Pearson Tests Our Kids
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He is behind the push for "efficacy," the corporate buzzword, which in practical terms translates into the constant assessing of student performance who are using Pearson products.
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What We Learned | Crafting Standards-Based Lessons

What We Learned | Crafting Standards-Based Lessons | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

 "The sum of our advice: Give teachers time to plan and talk together. Build local networks within schools and districts to create a curriculum that engages both adults and students as learners. Think creatively. Map classroom activities back to the standards. Use a range of texts to juxtapose student thinking on content."


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Mary Clark's curator insight, June 11, 2:45 PM

Finding ways to use the CCSS to engage students is my focus and this article does a good job highlighting some strategies to do that.

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The 15 Punctuation Marks in Order of Difficulty - Infographic

The 15 Punctuation Marks in Order of Difficulty - Infographic | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why you can't figure out when and where to stick a comma? It's probably because commas, by far, have more rules and applications than any other punctuation mark. But why do so many people use the semicolon incorrectly? Comparatively, it should be one of the easiest punctuation marks to master. And why doesn't anybody seem to use the en dash?

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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, June 11, 2:10 PM

I still need this!?!

niftyjock's curator insight, June 16, 1:57 AM

Finally an infographic tool I can use!

Chad C. Rogers's curator insight, June 20, 9:12 AM

Of note. 

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Common Core Teacher Knowledge and Practice Survey - chance to win iPad and gift cards

Common Core Teacher Knowledge and Practice Survey - chance to win iPad and gift cards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Michigan lawmakers boost school spending by 4 percent, nix new Smarter Balanced test next year

Michigan lawmakers boost school spending by 4 percent, nix new Smarter Balanced test next year | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan will spend 4 percent more next year on public schools and pause plans to replace its standardized test with one being developed by a group of states, under a K-12 budget headed toward final approval this week.
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