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ODE Tip Sheets–What Teachers Can Do Now to Prepare for 2014-2015 : Language Arts Blog Here at the ORC we hear it a lot: What can I do now to get ready for the new standards, the new evaluations, the new assessments, the new… (the list goes on). The Ohio Department of Education recently answered this question with a tip sheet for teachers, superintendents, and boards of education. Tip Sheet from ODE Because the categories provided by ODE are somewhat broad in scope, we wanted to point you in some more specific directions and guide you to additional information that might be helpful as you continue to progress over the next two school years. 1. Work on understanding the CCSS standards through deconstruction, or breaking the standards down into manageable pieces. Resources Related to Tip #1: 2. Advocate for and engage in your own professional development. 3. Be reflective. Resources Related to TIP #3 4. This ASCD article is a good starting point. 5. 6. On May 25, ODE held and educator evaluation symposium in Columbus. Resources Related to TIP #6

Four Major Shifts in Literacy This video mini-series has been designed to provide an efficient pathway for understanding and implementing the most significant shifts in English/language arts and literacy instruction. Ranging from seven to ten minutes in length, each video tackles one important topic and then provides tools that educators can begin using in their classrooms immediately. The order in which the videos are watched in not critical, so please feel free to start with the one that seems the most intriguing. Major Shift 1: Emphasizing Informational Text The Common Core State Standards insist on the use of more information texts throughout the school day. Major Shift 2: Literacy Standards for All Content Areas Content-area teachers are not English teachers by training. Major Shift 3: Text Complexity Students must have opportunities to read challenging texts. Major Shift 4: The Special place of Argument Arguing and informing/explaining are crucial in the Common Core State Standards. Next Steps

California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) Are you looking for standards-aligned electronic learning resources to help your students? Here, you can find free Open Educational Resources, reviews of Online Courses, and commercial Electronic Learning Resources. OnlineCourse Reviews Online course reviews aligned to content standards and iNACOL's online course standards. The Times and the Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text' Update | Sept. 2012: We’ll be exploring the new Common Core State Standards, and how teaching with The Times can address them, through a series of blog posts. You can find them all here, in the lesson plan category “Common Core.” Forty-four states and United States territories have adopted the Common Core Standards and, according to this recent Times article, one major change teachers can expect to see is more emphasis on reading “informational,” or nonfiction, texts across subject areas: While English classes will still include healthy amounts of fiction, the standards say that students should be reading more nonfiction texts as they get older, to prepare them for the kinds of material they will read in college and careers. Well, The New York Times and The Learning Network are here to help. As always, please let us know if you have more ideas! Easy Ways to Weave in The Times 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Reading Strategies Before Reading Preview Text Types and Text Features: Gallery Walks:

What should districts (states) do with PARCC? « PARCC in Massachusetts After listening and reflecting on the PARCC assessments with other teachers in Chicago, I believe the new tests do hold a number of promises worth considering. Much of the possibilities that technology delivered assessment will bring, I will focus on in-depth in a later post, but the fact that they are planned to be delivered via technology and that it is an assessment system really force districts (states) to think about what they should do with PARCC. However, I first want to address a few misconceptions. (NOTE: This post assumes that assessment is not the end toward which education is directed, but it is a component. In addition, given that federal and state accountability exams are a component of U.S. education policy this is not intended to be a critique of assessment, but rather assumes that given these assessments what should be done with them) Misconceptions 1. 2. 3. The second misconception is about time spent on assessment. The Potential Power of PARCC as an Assessment System

www.corepedia.org Balancing Informational Text and Literature This is a 10 minute video which features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 1 – PK-5: Balancing Informational Text and Literature. By unpacking Shift 1, the discussion addresses the role of the elementary teacher and the benefits of giving informational text the time it deserves in the elementary classroom. After watching this video, educators might ask themselves: What is Shift 1? What does it demand? Participants might also work together to select informational texts for a single unit, ensuring that these texts both challenge students with grade level complexity as modeled in Appendix B of the CCSS, but also “teach” new ideas, concepts, or ways of making an argument. This is just one way of conducting professional development around this video.

NSDL.org - National Science Digital Library Kelly Gallagher – Resources Part of the reason my students have such a hard time reading is because they bring little prior knowledge and background to the written page. They can decode the words, but the words remain meaningless without a foundation of knowledge. To help build my students’ prior knowledge, I assign them an "Article of the Week" every Monday morning. Below you will find the articles I assigned* this year (2013-2014) to my students. "How Earth Got Its Tectonic Plates/On Saturn's Moon Titan, Scientists Catch Waves in Methane Lakes" by Monte Morin for the Los Angeles Times and by Amina Kahn for the Los Angeles Times, respectively "Hard Evidence: Are We Beating Cancer?" Looking for previous year's Article of the Week assignments?

Implementation | Common Core State Standards | Topic Specific Sources | Web links | MC3 Register | Lost Password Skip to Content Follow us on Facebook ResourcesAbout MC3 Web links > Topic Specific Sources > Common Core State Standards > Implementation Common Core Implementation ExemplarsDate Added: July 24, 2013 Visits: 55 [ Report ] This Achieve document features state practices and models used with implementing the Common Core State Standards. Common Core Implementation WorkbookDate Added: February 6, 2013 Visits: 56 [ Report ] This link to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers' (PARCC's) website provides an implementation workbook developed by Achieve and U.S. Common Core State Standards: Progress and Challenges in School Districts' ImplementationDate Added: June 10, 2013 Visits: 15 [ Report ] This link is to a Center on Education Policy report exploring the issues associated with implementing the Common Core State Standards. Common Core VideoDate Added: January 8, 2014 Visits: 98 [ Report ] Back to Top

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