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Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:New Literacies and the Common Core

Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:New Literacies and the Common Core | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Concrete ideas for teaching the new literacies are provided.

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‘Text Sets’ Slated to Help School Librarians Advance College Readiness

‘Text Sets’ Slated to Help School Librarians Advance College Readiness | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
With reading skills being tested as criteria of college readiness, school librarians are primed to support these skills by building text sets—or units of instruction—according to the nonprofit Student Achievement Partners.
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Student Achievement Partners, a non-profit comprised of some of the lead authors of the CCSS, are offering yet another much-needed training. Assemble your team and get registered now! The resources developed through the Text Set Project are reviewed and will be available for free. This follows on the heels of the Basal Alignment Project (achievethecore.org, ELA lessons)  and Read Aloud Project, both so helpful to teachers trying to implement ELA CCSS well. If you are interested in attending one of the upcoming trainings, add your contact information here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uldbuqKsA4ai_l_83g6nzso3Kg3hK9j7yNyZHXRjFZ4/viewform

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The reading paradox: How standards mislead teachers | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Before the age of standards and tests, teachers generally taught the textbook. They began on page one and got as far as they could before the end of June, sometimes racing through the last four chapters in less time than they devoted to the first. Standards, testing, and accountability changed that. Now there are clearly defined goals that all students must meet, and teachers are asked to ensure not just “coverage,” but that all students master a predetermined list of content and skills.
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Educational Leadership:Talking and Listening:Speaking Volumes

Educational Leadership:Talking and Listening:Speaking Volumes | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests

Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics.
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Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

With the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on "complex texts," some critics worry kids are being asked to struggle too much. We ask: How much is too much?
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This well balanced piece on implementing CCSS in reading includes the importance of building knowledge, intentional scaffolding and including complex text for all students. 

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How Kentucky became a rare Common Core success story

How Kentucky became a rare Common Core success story | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
The state was the first to jump on the bandwagon for the new standards, and has had better luck than other states.
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Early adopter Kentucky shows some sizable gains in college and career readiness! 

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The Common Core Is Working in My Classroom

Jeff Baxter, the Kansas State Teacher of the Year, writes that the standards have made him a better educator.
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Jeff Baxter shows exactly why these standards are different... and powerful. A must-read!

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Greater Expectations | American RadioWorks |

Greater Expectations | American RadioWorks | | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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Emily Hanford's well-researched piece is worth a listen if you are interested in thinking about  consequences, both intended and unintended, of Common Core State Standards adoption and implementation. 

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Russ on Reading: Keeping Your Balance in Literacy Instruction

Russ on Reading: Keeping Your Balance in Literacy Instruction | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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This is the dilemma facing all of us - the balance in instruction. If we leave students out of more complex text because we believe they are too hard, how will they ever believe they are capable? In our district teachers have been astounded at much we had underestimated children's abilities. See more at http://www.americanradioworks.org/segments/teachers-embrace-the-common-core/ ;

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Disrupting the Textbook Status Quo (SSIR)

Disrupting the Textbook Status Quo (SSIR) | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Philanthropy can help educators find, create, and demand better options for students.
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All hands on deck when it comes to improving educational opportunities for every student. Thanks, Helmsley for the commitment. 

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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 | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
CCSS lays the groundwork for students to gain the foundational knowledge that they need to succeed after graduation....
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As we head back to school, articles like this are helpful for talking with parents.

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Achievethecore.org :: Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning (Beta)

Achievethecore.org :: Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning (Beta) | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
The Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning tool helps teachers prepare Common Core State Standard (CCSS)-aligned lessons.
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"This tool was created to help teachers plan a Common Core-aligned lesson. By responding to a series of prompts about the lesson content, structure, and activities, teachers are guided through the development of a new lesson or the review of an existing lesson in a way that ensures that the Shifts required by the CCSS are at the center." "The tool is still in the beta phase. Please try it out and share your feedback to help improve the tool for you and your colleagues.?
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The Best of the Common Core: Shifting from Skills to Knowledge « The Core Knowledge Blog

The Best of the Common Core: Shifting from Skills to Knowledge « The Core Knowledge Blog | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Closing the Achievement Gap: Teaching Content
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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.
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Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it

ch Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.

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The latest research supporting the CCSS and the focus on complexity of text. 

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How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library

How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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This is the best article yet on "test prep" and data driven reading instruction. A must read!

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GreatKids Milestone Videos | How is your child really doing in school?

GreatKids Milestone Videos | How is your child really doing in school? | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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A great resource for parents or those new to Common Core State Standards grade level expectations, these short clips feature read students and teachers. Excellent!

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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I fear this may be the experience of many students day after day. 

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The Common Core May Help Students Learning English

The Common Core May Help Students Learning English | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English.

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Great news! Research shows benefits for ELLs with CCSS!
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Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
For over a year, I’ve been encouraging Common Core advocates to stop endlessly re-litigating the standards and instead to focus on getting implementation right. Taking my own advice last week, I traveled to Reno to see first-hand the work of the Core Task Project, the initiative driving implementation of the standards in Washoe County, Nevada.
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Focusing on improving student achievement by using the CCSS, professional learning, discussion and time to collaborate makes a difference. This is not a top-down initiative!

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Evaluating Lessons: Tips for Calibrating Group Feedback

Evaluating Lessons: Tips for Calibrating Group Feedback | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
Learn how to calibrate group feedback with EQuIP's rubric.

Via Darren Burris
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Working with the EQiIP rubric is powerful when done in collaborative groups!

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Support the Common Core with the right instructional materials

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"Finding strong instructional materials is crucial to realizing the promise of the Common Core, and there are tools available to help educators identify them."

As educators embrace the ELA instructional shifts, the choice of materials becomes critical. There are tools and resources available to help curriculum reviewers make wise decisions when it comes to purchasing. Thanks to states leading the way!

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Tapping the Power of Open Source Tools and Teacher Collaboration in Washoe County Nevada - College Ready

Tapping the Power of Open Source Tools and Teacher Collaboration in Washoe County Nevada - College Ready | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
District profile for August 2014 Momentum
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So many quality resources available for free! Check out achievethecore.org, 63000resources.com and coretaskproject.com .

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Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success | CTQ

Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success | CTQ | Thinking Common Core | Scoop.it
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These graphics, designed to help teachers convey CCSS standard shifts to parents, are downloadable and free. As school begins they could be useful to translate how CCSS instruction is happening in the classroom. 

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