Pedagogy and Common Core
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The Office of High Ability Education administers grants that support school corporations in the development of local programs and services for high ability students and provides resources, workshops, and materials suited to the needs of the high ability population.
Many people and organizations ( Sir Ken Robinson , New Classrooms , 2Revolutions , etc.) have spoken eloquently about the fact that progressing students in age-based cohorts through courses and grades does not make a lot of sense when the reality is that students of the same age are at wildly different places in their mastery of standards. The proposed solution by many, including my team at Gates, is to develop new models that “personalize” learning by allowing each student to progress through content and attain credit once they demonstrate mastery.
The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless. Public policy debates often involve appeals to results of work in social sciences like economics and sociology. For example, in his State of the Union address this year, President Obama cited a recent high-profile study to support his emphasis on evaluating teachers by their students’ test scores. The study purportedly shows that students with teachers who raise their standardized test scores are “more likely to attend college, earn higher salaries, live in better neighborhoods and save more for retirement.” Beware the journalistically exciting result.
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"A lot of reading skills students can apply with a simple text, but can't do so much with a challenging text." - Dr. Timothy Shanahan Blocked from YouTube? No problem. Watch this video on...
Last week, reported on the frustration teachers are facing as they begin designing lessons around Common Core priorities—teacher resources are either scarce, or hard to find. This week, ASCD convened Colorado educators to discuss Common Core implementation, and classroom teachers in Colorado echoed similar concerns over accessible teaching resources. ASCD continues to mine and create free resources to help teachers integrate the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms. Here's a collection of sites and supporting materials: From the States Colorado Department of Education standards implementation toolkit