Monthly Archives: April 2013

School Psychologists Review Shift 1

School district psychologist learned more about the “instructional shifts” with specific attention to shift 1—building a coherent body of knowledge with rich non-fiction text. The videos, which included a review of a MetaMetrics study and a presentation by Robert Pondiscio, … Continue reading

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Core Shifts Blast 12: Writing to Sources

The Core Shifts Blast is back with strategies, ideas, notes, and materials to match instruction to Shift 5—Writing to Sources. If you missed the writing training last month, you will find an overview of the sessions as well as links … Continue reading

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The Common Core and PreK

In a piece for EdSurge, Karen Nemeth connects the Common Core to PreK and early learning. Nemeth is assertive in pointing out that instruction for this age group needs to be developmentally appropriate giving several examples of what this can … Continue reading

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Wagner’s 21st Century Learning Skills and the CCSS

Teach Indy has helpfully posted a professional development video that overviews the Common Core State Standards, the instructional shifts, and several PARCC performance tasks here. In addition to the aforementioned, the presenters in the video make explicit connections between Tony … Continue reading

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Next Generation Science Standards Are Now Available

The Next Generation Science Standards are finalized and available for download (here). The standards, part of an effort led by 26 states, are described as “rich in content and practice, with aligned curricula, pedagogy, assessment, and teacher preparation and development.” You … Continue reading

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Open Resources for Common Core

The National Math and Science Initiative (NSMI) have created resources, matched on the Common Core State Standards, which are available to teachers here. The materials include a number of free lessons for elementary and English teachers that promote the habit … Continue reading

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Accessing Sample Assessment Items

Green Bay Area Public School District Assessment Coordinator, Stephen Miller, has posted a Youtube video describing how educators can access sample SBAC assessment items. If you are having any difficulty navigating the Smarter Balanced website, Miller’s brief three minute and … Continue reading

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