Monthly Archives: February 2014

Common Core Aligned Discussion Lessons

Teachers in the Northern Nevada Teaching American History Project have developed a number of Common Core aligned Discussion Lessons. The lessons can be downloaded by visiting and clicking on the Teacher Resource link. Each lesson posted on the page implements … Continue reading

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‘Simplifying the ELA Common Core; Demystifying Curriculum’

In a piece for the Kappa Delta Pi Record, Mike Schmoker and Carol Jago describe how you can break through the myriad ELA/literacy standards and immediately get of the “essence” of CCSS. In short, this involves focusing on “simple ‘instructional … Continue reading

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New Resources at

A number of new links were added to including: Free K-8 passages by reading level (here) Common Core Implementation Guide for School-Level Leaders from the Aspen Institute (here) Graphic organizer to practice textual evidence (here) K-5 Writing Rubrics  (here) … Continue reading

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CCSS for Teachers, iTunes University Course (and video tutorial)

If you have access to an Apple device, you can take advantage of the free iTunes CCSS University Courses. The courses are divided by content and grade bands for K-2, 3-5 and 6-12 and give educators a structure to learn … Continue reading

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Washoe Starts Scaling the Read Aloud Project (RAP)

Chris Hayes, Ben Dickson, and Kristen Campbell moved district educators through the Read Aloud Project training materials and lessons. The training looked at text complexity, text-dependent questions, and completed RAP lessons. The RAP is a joint venture between Student Achievement … Continue reading

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St. Albert Catholic School Works through CCSS Outcomes

Educators at St. Albert Catholic School worked through a number of CCSS outcomes including an overview of the instructional shifts by Sandra Alberti; a review of the Metametric study on Lexile; Robert Pondiscio’s speech on the value of building content … Continue reading

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‘Being smart isn’t all you need to succeed’

In a blog post for the Hechinger Report, writer Anya Kamenetz connects Social Emotional Learning and academic success. She writes, “Non-cognitive or meta-cognitive skills such as self-awareness, self-control, empathy, communication and cooperation ” deserve being measured and taught in our schools. It’s a … Continue reading

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Using NGSS for Students’ Deeper Understanding

Dr. Terry K. Talley, of Rice University, is offering a free course on the Next Generation Science Standards through the Coursera platform. From the overview: This course is designed to guide science educators towards an understanding of the NRC Framework … Continue reading

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Social Studies Close Read Exemplars Get a New Link!

Periodically, Edmodo switches things up and the links to the social studies close reading exemplars change. If you have been struggling accessing, a) it’s not our fault –at least we don’t think it is and b) you can now use … Continue reading

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Broad Knowledge Drives Literacy

In a piece (here) included in the The Herff Jones Achievement Series, the case is made for how a “broad academic knowledge base” leads to strong literacy development. To make the point, the following example is shared: If a hunter … Continue reading

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