Monthly Archives: January 2013

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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Core Shift Blast 9: English Learners and the Common Core

A new Core Shift Blast is available and the focus is on strategies to allow English Learners access to the Common Core. This includes a Position Statement from the ELL Department on the role of close reading and its value … Continue reading

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Essential Conditions for CCSS Achievement

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Director of High School Services, Mel Riddle, describes, “Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common-Core Achievement.” These include: A culture of college and career readiness; schoolwide literacy; student engagement, collaboration, and inquiry; instructional time; … Continue reading

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Fiction and Non-Fiction in the Common Core Era

In a piece for the Washington Post, former National Council of Teachers of English President Carol Jago describes the role of fiction and non-fiction in the English classroom.  She note that there has been some confusion about this issue and … Continue reading

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A&S January 11th and the “3 Year Plan”

At the A&S January meeting, Curriculum and Instruction shared their “3 Year Plan” for Common Core implementation. This was matched to the National Association of Elementary School Principal’s Action Brief and C&I elementary recommendations. You can review all of the … Continue reading

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SBAC ELA Rubrics

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released writing rubrics for the Common Core State Standards. You will find rubrics for narrative, opinion, and informative-explanatory writing. You can download them here.

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Resources on the CCSS for ELLs

If you are looking for items that will assist ELs in meeting the CCSS, Diane Staehr Fenner has shared the following Top Ten Resources. There are some familiar items, that have been linked from this blog in the past, including Stanford … Continue reading

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