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Things educators could say but don’t

Things educators could say but don’t | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
Are teachers more humanely motivated than most of the rest of us?
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Not related directly to CCSS, but to the idea that standards are used to hold teachers accountable for a task that may not be achievable for many students.  The gap between what teachers must ideally believe in order to persist -- and the reality of the life experience of many students sitting in the classroom -- is vast, and may indeed mean some students ought not be expected to achieve.  But no one wants a teacher to espouse that belief, least of all those of us who love doing the job.

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Common Core Templates to Facilitate Transitioning to the CCSS

Common Core Templates to Facilitate Transitioning to the CCSS | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
Recently, I have been working with teachers who are transitioning to the CCSS.  Here are some forms and some examples of how they can be used.  More will come later as our work develops. This is being written for 10th grade students.

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Common Core Resource: ASCD's Free EduCore Tool

Common Core Resource: ASCD's Free EduCore Tool | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it

Whether you are an educator preparing to make curricular changes to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or examining and adjusting your instruction, ASCD’s EduCore™online tool can help smooth your transition into a new era of teaching and learning. A free resource, the EduCore website helps educators learn about the new standards and offers useful content that supports meaningful, purposeful changes to instruction.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:11 AM

EduCore recently partnered with the Literacy Design Collaborative adding 20 new example modules for teaching argumentation, informational and narrative writing across subject areas for secondary students. The LDC is well designed and offers relevant materials and rubrics. 


Additional modules are currently being developed.

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Give me your tired test prep assignments, your poor #CCSS ...

Give me your tired test prep assignments, your poor #CCSS ... | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
your huddled students yearning to learn free from corporate education reform. Here At the Chalkface we have had several articles that have been widely read and shared recently: ...
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Learning Forward Unveils Free Common Core Professional Development Lessons

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Learning Forward Unveils Free Common Core Professional Development Lessons
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Nonprofit organization Learning Forward has released four free online professional learning units focused on implementing Common Core State Standards.

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Common Core and Educational Technology: Tools/Resources

Common Core and Educational Technology: Tools/Resources | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
Classroom educational technology for common core

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Ronda Schuler Scott's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:28 PM

Cool inforgraphic on how CCSS and tech integration pair.

Michael John Maxson's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:07 AM

Great resource for educational resources that help teachers create more rigorous learning opportunities for their students using technolgy.

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National Common Core academic standards get a closer look from state

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The Nebraska Board of Education voted 7-1 last week to pay a national education consultant $47,000 to compare the national standards with Nebraska's.

 

Nebraska's go-it-alone stance has left educators in some local school districts anxious as they see the rest of the nation ramping up to teach the Common Core. Some educators are trying to incorporate elements of the Common Core, while also teaching the state's standards, on which students are tested each year.

 

Kristi Gibbs, assistant superintendent for learning in the Ralston Public Schools, said districts are “kind of in limbo.”


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Common Core Standards Crosswalk EZ from The Educator's PLN

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A quick way to familiarize yourself with the Common Core standards, compare them to current practice, and help to make alignment to the standards practical a...

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Spalding Education's 3rd Edition Teacher's Guides Aligned to Common Core ... - GlobeNewswire (press release)

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Common Core State Standards Implementation: Focus on the Process

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When implementing the Common Core State Standards, teachers and educators need to focus on processes and not results if we’re to see classroom success. Read our latest blog post.

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Common-Core Tests to Take Up to 10 Hours - Education Week News

Common-Core Tests to Take Up to 10 Hours - Education Week News | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
Common-Core Tests to Take Up to 10 Hours Education Week News The new information comes from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, one of the two big groups of states that are building tests in mathematics...
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Who Knew? Research Tasks are REALLY important in PARCC

Who Knew? Research Tasks are REALLY important in PARCC | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it

This month, the PARCC testing group (one of the two state consortia responsible for creating assessments for the Common Core State Standards, or CCSS) has released sometesting guidance. If your state has adopted CCSS, they belong either to the Smarter Balanced or PARCC consortia.

 

What’s interesting about the PARCC testing is that it has two parts, and the performance-based assessments (PBAs) makes research one of the three core ELA testing areas.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 13, 2013 5:03 AM

Selecting  featured texts when unit planning is important, however equally important is how students will work with the texts.  

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Working with Common Core and a Document Based Question (DBQ) iBook

Working with Common Core and a Document Based Question (DBQ) iBook | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it

My latest multi-touch iBook, Progress and Poverty in Industrial America, is available for your iPad - free / iTunes. It's a great resource for use in the classroom, and serves as a model for teacher or student curation of historic content into interactive digital DBQ's. (More on publishing with iBooks Author.)

 

This 18-page document-based question guides students through the historian's process with an investigation of the essential question, "How do we evaluate the social costs and benefits of technological innovations?" To make the question relevant to students, it begins with a brief examination of the impact of 21st c technologies / global economy on progress and poverty in contemporary America.


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CCSS: Teaching Argument vs. Evidence | MiddleWeb

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A MiddleWeb Guest Article Sarah Tantillo is the author of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening...
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How to Teach Students to Evaluate Information: A Key Common Core Skill

How to Teach Students to Evaluate Information: A Key Common Core Skill | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
The importance of critical thinking is noted in the new national standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative directly identifies hi...

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Connie Wise's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:08 PM

At the Evaluate level, informational sources are examined to assess their quality and decisions are made based on the identifies criteria. There are two processes in the Evaluate level: Checking and Critiquing.

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White Paper: How to Teach Students to Evaluate Information

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A Key Common Core Skill > Eye On Education

 

The importance of critical thinking is noted in the new national standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative directly identifies higher-order thinking skills as critical to achieving career and college readiness for all students.


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Top 10: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era

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MT @litworldsays Top 10 tips for teaching writing in #CommonCore from. Check them out - http://t.co/2SMbjgeg8H #studentsuccess #CCSS

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Common Core and Educational Technology: Keyboarding tools on the web to support CC stds!

Common Core and Educational Technology: Keyboarding tools on the web to support CC stds! | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
keyboarding, typing (Common Core and Educational Technology: Keyboarding tools on the web to support CC stds!

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Responding to Concerns: Does the Common Core Demoralize Teachers?

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Sarah Brown Wessling, the 2010 NYOY, responds to comments from her blog in the Huffington Post. Does the core demoralize teachers? See what Sarah thinks.

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Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing

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The following is a guest post by Catlin Tucker, one of SimpleK12's presenters. Click here to watch Catlin's Webinars inside the Teacher Lear

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 12, 2013 6:38 AM

Caitlin and her students leverage technology in productive and engaging ways. Consider ways teachers could collabortate across subject areas to dig in with additional texts and resources, (excellent issue for our Catholic school teachers).

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Assessment Group To Begin Testing Common Core Platform-Pilots

Assessment Group To Begin Testing Common Core Platform-Pilots | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it
Veteran Education Week reporter and Digital Directions Deputy Editor Sean Cavanagh and Staff Writer Katie Ash explore how technology is shaping teaching and learning and the management of schools.

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10 Excellent Resources to Help you Align your Teaching with Common Core Standards

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Bice says state loses no sovereignty by using Common Core standards - al.com (blog)

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Bice says state loses no sovereignty by using Common Core standards al.com (blog) Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, would overturn the state board's 2010 adoption of common core curriculum standards, require legislative approval for all future statewide...
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The Common Core Meets State Policy: This Changes Almost Everything

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The Common Core Meets State Policy: This Changes Almost Everything
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Professional Learning Units

Professional Learning Units | PSummers' Common Core State Standards | Scoop.it

These resources were created to help principals and teacher leaders develop their capacity to facilitate school-based collaborative professional learning focused on teaching and learning. The four units below cover key topics in leading professional learning tied to implementing content standards. 

Learning Forward's Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With an immediate focus on implementing Common Core State Standards and new assessments, the initiative provides resources and tools to assist states, districts, and schools in providing effective professional learning for current and future education reforms.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 13, 2013 10:18 AM

Guidance for administrators and teacher leaders in implementing CCSS:


Unit 1: Managing Change

Unit 2: Facilitating Learning Teams

Unit 3: Learning Designs

Unit 4: Standards for Professional Learning