Monthly Archives: February 2014

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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UNR Students Explore the Instructional Shifts and IPGs

Students at the University of Nevada, Reno explored content, matched to the Common Core, in order to develop an understanding of the “role of the teacher in curriculum development and implementation.” Dr. Margaret Ferrara’s preservice teachers worked through David Coleman’s … Continue reading

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Social Emotional Learning

In a TEDx speech shared at the University of Nevada, Reno, Trish Shaffer describes the importance and value of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Shaffer highlights studies that demonstrate the academic value of using SEL strategies in the classroom. Shaffer argues … Continue reading

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CCSS and Skills Based Reading Instruction

As we move deeper into Common Core implementation, knowing the position of skills instruction and how to build a “coherent body of knowledge” becomes paramount. This was the focus of Friday’s professional learning with video from Dr. Tim Shanahan and … Continue reading

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Valuing the ‘Non-Cognitive Dimensions’ of Students

In January, College Board President David Coleman shared a vision for making sure more low-income students are allowed to take part in higher education. The video is linked here and you can hear Coleman outline this effort as part of … Continue reading

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