Monthly Archives: March 2014

Spanish Springs HS Students Explain SBAC and Field Testing

Students at Spanish Springs High School created a terrific video to explain the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) test. The video is clear and on point in helping all stakeholders understand the implications of SBAC and the field testing … Continue reading

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‘Deliberate ELA/Literacy Redundancies and Repetition’

The Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education has shared the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education report to help practitioners with CCR outcomes. Included in the report is a description of how the Common Core … Continue reading

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Additions to

A number of resources and materials have been added to Like everything else at the site, the items are free and well aligned to the shifts and the Instructional Practice Guides. The “Year at a Glance” planning tool for … Continue reading

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Complex Text and Annotating with Technology

Tracy Watanabe has created a post describing strategies to help students navigate complex text. The post begins with an overview of text complexity followed by resources to scaffold students to successfully working with this outcome–with suggestions for integrating technology. She … Continue reading

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Performance Tasks, an Overview (samples linked)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has produced a video tutorial describing Performance Tasks. A Performance Task “measures capabilities such as depth of understanding, research skills, and/or complex analysis with relevant evidence.” There will be one Performance Task per content area … Continue reading

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Writing Instruction and the Common Core

If you have questions about writing and the Common Core, the following LearnZillion webinar will help. Joey Hawkins, the founder of the Vermont Writing Collaborative and author of Writing For Understanding: Using Backward Design To Help All Students Write Effectively, … Continue reading

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Common Core ELA Shift Song

Shawn Leer, an Implementation Specialist in Area 5, has written and recorded the following song about the Common Core. Titled, “You Gotta”, Shawn has cleverly managed to describe the instructional shifts and the Instructional Practice Guides (IPG) in lyrical form. … Continue reading

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