Tag Archives: ELA

ELA Mini Assessments

This is a belated post on the Mini Assessments (MA) we used in Session 3 or the Core Task implementation Project. The MA’s can be used to formatively gauge student growth on important literary dispositions including working with academic vocabulary; … Continue reading

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Session 2 Materials from Literacy Unit Project

Teachers in grade 3rd through 5th gathered for the second session of the Literacy Unit Project. The aim of this endeavor is to have two to four units, matched to Enduring Understandings that stretch across all three grades, by the … Continue reading

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More/New Common Core Inservice Courses Available

A number of new Common Core inservice classes have been added to the Solution Where catalog. You can read the descriptions of each course below and click here to register for those that fit with your professional learning goals. CCSS … 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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SAP/Danielson Group Training Overview

Educators gathered to review content from the Student Achievement Partner and Danielson Group training (blog post here) from September 25th and 26th.  The morning started with a chance to watch the Charlotte Danielson Keynote (video here) that launched a project … Continue reading

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Access to Common Core Edmodo Groups

Access to 11 popular Edmodo groups can be gained by using the links and codes in a document linked here. The groups include the social studies units and social studies close reading examples; SAP’s Basal Alignment Project and Anthology Alignment … Continue reading

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Video Explanation of Reading the CCSS

The California State Board of Education has produced a video to assist educators in reading the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. The five-minute video moves viewers through the basic organization … Continue reading

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