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Smarter Balanced Releases Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced Releases Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
RT @EduTechND: Smarter Balanced Testing - Technology and system requirements- Is your school ready?
http://t.co/XMcBJ1YhqG
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What are the implications for our school? Will our technology and support personnel be able to remain atop these additional requirements?

 

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10 Great School-Family Events that Boost Parent Engagement | Teacher Tuesday - Online Sign Up Blog by VolunteerSpot

10 Great School-Family Events that Boost Parent Engagement | Teacher Tuesday - Online Sign Up Blog by VolunteerSpot | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
Fun ideas and events for boosting parent engagement in their childrens' eduction and at school - courtesy of Darlene Mack, co-founder of Successful Innovations.
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Ideas for getting increasing parent engagement can be implemented at any time and any place. I'd like to hear yours..

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Michigan gives final OK to Common Core standards

Michigan gives final OK to Common Core standards | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
The Michigan Legislature has given the final go-ahead to resume spending money to implement more rigorous and uniform national education standards.

Via Deb Gardner
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This was October 2013, do you know where are we now, what the next steps are and how we're going to get there.

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Parents struggling to help children with maths homework

Parents struggling to help children with maths homework | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
A study by Carold Vorderman's online maths school found many parents have difficulty helping their children with maths
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Have Curriculum and Tech Nights been helpful at all?

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Favorite Freebies

Favorite Freebies | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
Free Teacher Clip Art – School clip art, word art, educational clipart. (Free Teacher Clip Art – School clip art, word art, educational clipart.
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Just in time for Curriculum Night bulletin board make-overs!

 

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You might not "use" Pinterest but you might use some of these related freedies. Enjoy!

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I Was There - How the Common Core State Standards Were Written

I Was There - How the Common Core State Standards Were Written | Educational Supports | Scoop.it

In September 2009, I was asked by the NGA and the CCSSO to lead the work of writing Common Core Standards for states to consider adopting in 2010.


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Well, wonder no more. Here is how it went down.

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The toughest questions on Common Core test: How would you do? - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

The toughest questions on Common Core test: How would you do? - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
The toughest questions on Common Core test: How would you do?
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Oregon students will take the tests for the first time this school year as part of the state's shift to the Common Core State Standards.
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You not only tested well, you actually liked tests! Okay so how would you do with the following?

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9 Ideas to Help Explain Common Core to Parents

9 Ideas to Help Explain Common Core to Parents | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
Jared Myracle, the supervisor of instruction at Gibson County Special School District (TN) and author of 'Common Core Standards for Parents for Dummies,' offers educators some best practices for explaining Common Core.

Via Mel Riddile
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Well you saw it first here. Really?

 

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How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new ... - Michigan Radio

How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new ... - Michigan Radio | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new ...
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Lawmakers ordered the Michigan Department of Education to stop preparing for the Smarter Balanced Assessment and return to a revamped MEAP test.
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Get politicians out of education, raise your voice and your ballot now!

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Michigan races to replace MEAP - The Detroit News

Michigan races to replace MEAP - The Detroit News | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
Michigan races to replace MEAP
The Detroit News
Lansing— State education officials are feverishly working to develop a new statewide assessment with less than eight months to go until the start of high-stakes testing for Michigan's K-12 students.
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Balanced Assessment may be coming at last, let's hope Administrations and teachers can get the training and orientation in time to make good use of the new tool.

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Educators, Administrators and PTA Leaders Break Down the Common Core in New Video Series

.@NationalPTA VP for advocacy shares new #commoncore #CCSS video to break down the standards to parents. http://t.co/oVHwgnst5T
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You can never be over informed!

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Myth of the Month: Common Core Is Dumbing Down Education for the College-Bound

Myth of the Month: Common Core Is Dumbing Down Education for the College-Bound | Educational Supports | Scoop.it

The myth du jour asserts that Common Core will fail to prepare students for college and instead will actually dumb down education. Yes, you read that right; detractors have gone so far as to forecast "dumber" students as a result of these higher standards for achievement.

 

This specious argument against CCSS falls apart quickly. Careful analysis of the standards verifies that they align with those in the highest-performing countries on international comparisons, and they have received the highest possible rating for content and rigor from the conservative Fordham Institute, a tireless advocate for higher standards.


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You have teacher friends in areas already supporting CCSS, what's the feeling elsewhere?

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Non-performing Michigan charter school authorizers to be suspended - The Oakland Press

Non-performing Michigan charter school authorizers to be suspended - The Oakland Press | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
Non-performing Michigan charter school authorizers to be suspended The Oakland Press Parents choose the free public charter school academies not just for high MEAP scores, but for a variety of reason such as types of programs offered, location,...
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It would appear that people are finally getting a look behind the curtain and not liking what they see.

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Parents, children interact at Logan's Family Reading Night - The Southern

Parents, children interact at Logan's Family Reading Night - The Southern | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
CARTERVILLE -- The students in John A. Logan College’s ECE 260 Parent Involvement class welcomed 22 Southern Illinois children and parents for an evening of food, fun and entertainment at
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Wow talk about a way to encourage reading and family inter-action at the same time! Now where to do it?

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4 education bills that could bring reforms by the end of 2014

4 education bills that could bring reforms by the end of 2014 | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
The so-called “lame duck” legislative session is very nearly upon us. Michigan lawmakers outline four important education bills and their chances of becoming law by the end of 2014.
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The operative word is "could" and the operator could well be you.

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How AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast are working together to cheat you by "Discontinuing Landline Service"

(TL;DR summary: AT&T is buying entire legislatures to rewrite the laws to allow them to become a fully unregulated company with no wholesale obligations, creating a de-facto monopoly.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The Northeast's power outages of 1965 and 2003 taught me the benefits of landline availability but not everyone feels that way. We'd better pay attention or we could once again end up in the dark.

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Ink and Slide: Hands On With Adobe's New iPad Drawing Tools

Ink and Slide: Hands On With Adobe's New iPad Drawing Tools | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
Last year, Adobe took its first foray into the hardware world with two cutely named digital drawing devices, projects Mighty and Napoleon. The software giant is now ready to launch the fully-formed duo under new monikers.
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So just what are you doing with that new iPad? Aren't you going to share??

 

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Okay how do you use that new iPad in class? Here's a few suggestions..

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Grandparents face unique challenges when forced to become parents a second ... - Casper Star-Tribune Online

Grandparents face unique challenges when forced to become parents a second ... - Casper Star-Tribune Online | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
Grandparents face unique challenges when forced to become parents a second ...
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Barnett is one of many Wyoming grandparents who is a full-time parent to a grandchild.
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Walk a mile in their shoes sometimes.

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Corporate interests put full-court press on Michigan teacher union-busting effort

Corporate interests put full-court press on Michigan teacher union-busting effort | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
Across America, it is back-to-school time for students ... and teachers.

Within the next week or so, virtually all of the elementary and secondary schools on traditional schedules will be back into ...
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Back To School Tasks from Youcubed

Back To School Tasks from Youcubed | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
We have chosen this collection of K-12 tasks as they engage students actively in mathematical thinking, reasoning, convincing and other great ways of being mathematical, to help set norms for the y...

Via Darren Burris
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To what level have our teachers been prepared and do they feel ready? You need that conversation with your childs teachers and don't expect a direct answer. There are political situations at work in many venues.

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Parents FREAK OUT At Updated Sex Ed Textbook

"Fremont Unified School District's superintendent has temporarily shelved a controversial ninth-grade health textbook after roughly 2200 parents and residents took issue with its sexual bondage...
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All parents will need to be more aware of the electronic texts assigned to students in general and for content that challenges parental/home vaules especially.

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What do you want to see in a standardized state test for Michigan students? - Michigan Radio

What do you want to see in a standardized state test for Michigan students? - Michigan Radio | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
What do you want to see in a standardized state test for Michigan students?
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Michigan students have been taking the same standardized test for decades. It's known as the MEAP.
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No response may lead to more political tampering with our children's education. Please, answer the question.

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Early Reading Books We Like & Use | 3 Dinosaurs

Early Reading Books We Like & Use | 3 Dinosaurs | Educational Supports | Scoop.it
I like also that the books include a range for their learning level: Grade Level A-C and Lexile Range BR – 290L. I found this information on the BOB Books website. The web site has a lot of information.
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Getting the Kindergartners ready? Have a little fun on the way.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner crash Southfield kids' party - Hometownlife.com

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner crash Southfield kids' party - Hometownlife.com | Educational Supports | Scoop.it

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner crash Southfield kids' party
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Superman Dawn of Justice,” stopped by Detroit Kid City in Southfield on Sunday, the day that the popular play center and cafe is closed for private parties.

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Southfield really is "The Center Of It All". Did 'you' even know about Detroit Kid City?

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MEAP scores rise across Oakland County - Royal Oak Daily Tribune

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MEAP scores rise across Oakland County
Royal Oak Daily Tribune
MEAP scores rise across Oakland County. Bloomfield Hills Les Guerillas team celebrate a win in one of the district FIRST Robotic competitions in 2014.
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Wonder how we will fare in the coming months? Would we be better off without it?

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