Monthly Archives: January 2013

Basal Alignment Project at 10,000 Users

EdWeek reports on the Basal Alignment Project growing to 10,000 users. As the article notes, the BAP is “an online library of revised replacement lessons from common basal reading series (3rd-5th grades) each carefully aligned to the Common Core State Standards” … Continue reading

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Social Emotional Learning and the Common Core

The district paired Social Emotional Learning and the Core Task Project as a means of seeing how the two projects could work with each other. Kindergarten through sixth grade teachers gathered and moved through the first day of content which included … Continue reading

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A Volume of Reading

Perry-Lecompton Unified School District created a graphic demonstrating the importance of a volume of reading. You can find the graphic here.  Educators often share with stakeholders that reading a lot is important and the graphic helps make the point.

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Questions and Answers about the CCSS

The former President of the International Reading Association, Dr. Timothy Shanahan, answers a series of questions about the Common Core. The topics include raising text levels for students learning English; the role of literary non-fiction; gradated texts; children reading below … Continue reading

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Expanding Vocabulary

In a piece for City Journal, E.D. Hirch writes about the importance of vocabulary and rich non-fiction text. He notes that the, “correlations between vocabulary size and life chances are as firm as any correlations in educational research.” Academic vocabulary … Continue reading

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Leading the Core: ELA CCSS Session 3

“Leading the Core: ELA CCSS” finished its third session with a focus on creating the Common Core school. Several of the district’s Common Core Champions visited and shared their experience with CCSS outcomes, the instructional shifts, and the close reading … Continue reading

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Implementing CCSS in the Secondary Grades

Angela Orr, Washoe’s Teaching American History Project Director, shared the following for those interested in bringing the CCSS into the secondary grades. (Important tools are linked at the bottom of the post.) In an effort to scale the work of … Continue reading

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