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Common Core for the Holidays

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Lesson Ideas, Apps, & Resources for Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa Wondering About Common Core and Complex Text? - Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX "A lot of reading skills students can apply with a simple text, but can't do so much with a challenging text."- Dr. Blocked from YouTube? Does the information in this chart* cause you concern? *CCSS Appendix A: CCSS Lexile Bands How will you help ALL of your students access the required complex text? You may be thinking, why should I give my struggling readers such difficult text when I know they can’t read it? In a blog post from this summer, Dr. So why is the common core making such a big deal out of having kids read hard text? You can view the summary or download the ACT report right here. Watch Dr. Dr. www.mhecommoncoretoolboxtn.com

Resources and Information Spring Conference 2014 - April 4, 2014 Carol Ann Tomlinson - Differentiation and Common Core: Helping All Learners Succeed with Complex Text Presentation cover and .pdf of slides The Bridge Between Today's Lesson and Tomorrow's - article October 4, 2013 Fall Conference "Education at the Crossroads" Registration Flyer Fall Conference Brochure Common Core for the Not So Common Learner K-5 and Common Core for Not So Common Learner presentation - Dr. Tiered Writing Activities for the ELA Common Core Classroom - Judy Dodge Common Core Unit by Unit - Cheryl Dobbertin The Power of Explicit Learning Targets to Unleash Student Learning - Dr. What is Understanding By Design? Curriculum, Assessment and Ed Tech Update - Ken Wagner, NYSED Growing Teacher Leaders: Cultivating, Collaborating & Cooperating - Jen Wolfe, Erin Gilrein & Marguerite Izzo Implementing an Effective After School Program for Students with Autism - Ellie Becker, Frank Carbone, Jeannine Gulli, Kristen Raszka Presentation handout L. F. I. A.

Common Core State Standards College and Career Readiness Illinois joined more than 40 states in a collaborative effort to raise learning standards and improve college and career readiness for all students, regardless of where they live. The new Common Core State Standards establish clear expectations for what students should learn in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level. The standards are high, clear, and uniform to ensure that students are prepared for success in college and the workforce. By emphasizing depth over breadth, the Common Core ensures that students have comprehensive understanding of key concepts. Illinois has developed The Professional Learning Series (PLS) which is a repository for professional development resources and tools to assist with the various aspects of common core implementation. Twenty-six states are working together in the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. PARCC Resources

Ten Things Parents Should Know About the Common Core State Standards Here are answers to questions you might have about the standards and what they might mean for your children. A list of recommended resources is included at the end of the article. This article is also available in Spanish. Frequently Asked Questions 1. The Common Core State Standards are a set of expectations that outline what students should be learning in English/language arts and mathematics at each grade level (K-12). 2. The goal of the CCSS is to make sure that all students are well prepared for college, technical education, or the workplace after high school graduation. 3. No. 4. No. 5. Currently, each individual state has its own education standards, and there is little consistency from one state to another. 6. The CCSS were not developed by the federal government, but by a group of educators and experts coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). 7. 8. No. 9. 10. Closing Thoughts

christmas kwanzaa | Search Results Check out my New York Times post: Ideas for English Language Learners | Celebrate the Holidays ELLs learn about tamales, holiday food traditions and Three Kings Day at my latest holiday-related New York Times Learning Network post. It includes a student interactive and teaching ideas. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are all coming-up, and I thought it would be timely to create a “The Best…” list focusing on those holidays. Obviously, there are a lot more materials about Christmas out there accessible to English Language Learners than there are for the other two events, but I have found some for all of them. Also, check out The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Holiday Content Quickly & Easily andHere Are My Favorite Fun Christmas Resources (and “Feel Good” Christmas Stories For Christmas Day). Few, if any, of this links are really tailored towards “higher-order” or “critical” thinking. ESL Civics For ESL Students has an accessible Christmas Lesson with nice images and simple text.

English Language Arts The State Board of Education has adopted the Common Core State Standards in English language arts as part of Ohio's New Learning Standards for academic learning. The Kindergarten - Grade 12 standards will be fully in use in Ohio classrooms by 2014-2015, when assessments that align to the standards are in place. ODE encourages districts to start implementing the Ohio's New Learning Standards now to better prepare students for 2014-2015 and beyond. Introduction to Ohio's New Learning Standards for ELA, Model Curriculum, and Assessment Content Standards Information on the learning standards. PARCC Model Content Framework The PARCC Model Content Framework is to serve as a bridge between the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments and designed with the following purposes in mind: Supporting implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and Informing the development of item specifications and blueprints for the PARCC assessments in grades 3–8 and high school. More Information

Year Two of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States' Progress and Challenges, by Nancy Kober and Diane Stark Rentner at the Center on Education Policy About the Center on Education Policy: The Center on Education Policy is a national, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools. The Center helps Americans better understand the role of public education in a democracy and the need to improve the academic quality of public schools. We do not represent special interests. Instead, we try to help citizens make sense of the conflicting opinions and perceptions about public education and create the conditions that will lead to better public schools. If you have trouble viewing documents on the Center on Education Policy web site, please: ● Make sure you are using the latest Adobe Reader. ● Clear your web browser's cache and cookies. ● If you clear your web browser's cache and cookies, and confirm that you are using the latest version of Adobe Reader, and are still unable to view publications or pages on the Center on Education Policy web site, please contact the CEP web support team.

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