Monthly Archives: January 2013

BAP at 11,000 users

Edweek reports that the Basal Alignment Project is now at 11,000 users and you can read how this became the largest Edmodo community here. The Council of Great City Schools also weighs in with a press release in which Council Executive … Continue reading

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Social Emotional Learning and the CCSS Day 2

Day Two of the Social Emotional Learning and Core Task Project experiment concluded with participants reviewing the anchor standards for SEL and reading an article on grit by Thomas Hoerr. K-6 teachers studied several close reading exemplars before building a … Continue reading

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Martinez’s State of Education Address

This evening, Superintendent Pedro Martinez gave his State of Education Address. During the speech, he played a snippet of video of College Board President David Coleman describing the CCSS and the instructional shifts. You can access the entire video by … Continue reading

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The CCSS and Evidenced-Centered Design

If you are trying to understand how SBAC and PARCC will be assessing students in 2014-2015, the following webinar by Alliance for Excellent Education, provides a number of answers. Joan Herman, at the University of California, Los Angeles, explains Evidenced-Centered Design … Continue reading

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“Simplifying” Complex Text

How do you identify complex texts? And how do you design tasks that take into account text complexity? These two questions are featured in this video from Sarah Brown Wessling. The video is a nice place to start for educators … Continue reading

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Enough Vocabulary?

Are your kindergarteners working with enough vocabulary? Research by Wright and Neuman, and recently published in the Elementary School Journal, concludes that children are not. Specifically, most reading programs expose children to 2 words each week and it is recommended … Continue reading

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Selecting Texts for Close Reading

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris outline the importance of picking the right texts for close reading. That is, educators need to be acutely aware that texts worth reading will force students “to look and look again and wonder about what … Continue reading

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