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Executive Director Joe Willhoft provides an update on the progress of Smarter Balanced in a new webinar.
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Generals Defend Common Core Daily Caller 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.
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. ...
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life?
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.
eduCanon is the best way to flip or blend your class by embedding digital content into engaging video. @educanon123
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
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
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...
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.
“Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.”
Great tips for how to teach annotation, and the pitfalls to avoid.
Summative assessment, formative assessment, mastery, individual growth, what is the best way to measure student progress?
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....
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
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.
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. ...
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...
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?
Formative assessment is the process of using knowledge about students learning during instruction to adjust and guide your own instruction.
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!
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...
Why Pearson Tests Our Kids Huffington Post 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.
"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."
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.
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?
I still need this!?!
Finally an infographic tool I can use!
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.