If you have a Twitter account, you may want to participate in Twitter Chats to promote your own professional learning. The chats are free and run the full breath of educational outcomes including Common Core, Art, 21st Century Learning, Educational Leadership, Special Education, etc…. The number of facilitated chats is close to 300 and is another way to enhance educational outcomes through social media. The full list of ed chats can be found here.
As some of you may have noticed, there are fewer posts to this blog. This has a lot to do with the fact that https://twitter.com/coretaskproject has become a big part of how we are directing educators to relevant video, print, and audio content. You can subscribe to our Twitter feed here.
At the Core Advocate conference in Chicago, the following PowerPoint and Word document were shared. The PowerPoint and Word document help frame part of Washoe’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
The Business Roundtable and their Endorsement of CCSS
If you have wondered why the business community has endorsed the Common Core, you can learn why in a video posted here. At minute 21:10, Scott Fast, Executive Director of Accenture Foundation outlines why the Business Roundtable has lent their support. Among the reasons
- The standards are clear and concise
- The standards are grounded in evidence
- The standards are internationally benchmarked and
- The standards deal honestly with the remediation issue in states
Fast’s comments end at minute 27:00 and are worth a watch/listen to have a better understanding of why the Roundtable, as well as other corporations, has rallied around these outcomes.
Students at Spanish Springs High School created a terrific video to explain the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) test. The video is clear and on point in helping all stakeholders understand the implications of SBAC and the field testing that is taking place. You can watch the video here.
The Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education has shared the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education report to help practitioners with CCR outcomes. Included in the report is a description of how the Common Core standards work within and across grade levels to promote literacy outcomes. From the report:
In some cases, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) repeat the very same skill level to level with little or no variation in wording or demand. Literacy skills by their nature are recursive; therefore, certain skills need to be covered at both lower and higher levels of learning, but applied to increasingly sophisticated contexts. So, for example, students are asked by the CCSS to determine the theme or central idea of a text, summarize a text, determine the meaning of words in context, and produce clear and coherent writing in several levels of learning as applied to more challenging texts.
Beginning on page 96 is a table with all the links. For example, Reading Anchor Standards 1 is closely associated to Writing Anchor Standard 9 and Speaking and Listening Anchor Standard 1. Or Reading Anchor 8 is matched with Writing Anchor 1 and Speaking and Listening Anchor 3. There are many other examples that can viewed by downloading the full report here.
A number of resources and materials have been added to www.63000resources.com. Like everything else at the site, the items are free and well aligned to the shifts and the Instructional Practice Guides.
The “Year at a Glance” planning tool for grades K through 6th are now available for download in the Resource page.
Michelle Gianola has created a Flipchart for the read aloud Tops and Bottoms. The lesson and the Flipchart can be found here.
The Read Aloud Project materials have been added to the site. They are divided into the following sections
In Lesson Demonstrations, Debrief Circles has been linked and helps with addressing Core Action 3 within the Instructional Practice Guides.
And don’t forget, discussion lessons at www.projecttahoe.org can be found here. Each lesson posted on this page implements an effective research based discussion strategy and uses rich primary and secondary sources to promote effective classroom discussion.
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