About | Closing the Gap About Overview In the current era of accountability, educators are increasingly called upon to make classroom-level data available and usable to inform instructional practices and increase student achievement. Student information systems (SIS) and learning management systems (LMS) are often viewed as the tools to provide the requested data, reports and analysis. The Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action project provides educators with the resources they need to review, procure and deploy SIS and LMS solutions to maximize data usage and strengthen teaching and learning in the classroom. Closing the Gap Digital Brochure The Closing the Gap brochure provides a comprehensive overview of the project and summarizes its resources in a single document. Full screen viewClickable page thumbnails for faster navigationEasy sharing via social media and e-mailAbility to print or download the entire brochure or select pagesKeyword searchability Detail Resources List
Research: How SEL Classroom Management Techniques Build Academic Achievement Respect, responsibility, and a community-based learning atmosphere promote success at Mount Desert Elementary School, a K-8 public school in Northeast Harbor, Maine. An important aspect of the culture at Mount Desert is allowing students and teachers autonomy to determine what works best in their classrooms for promoting students' learning. Credit: Alyssa Fedele Mount Desert Elementary School is a small, K-8 public school in Northeast Harbor, Maine, that has successfully created a strong learning community that is the basis of the school's academic success. Responsive Classroom An Approach That Helps Build Positive Relationships The foundation for a community-based learning atmosphere at Mount Desert begins in the earliest grades, where a Responsive Classroom approach is used in all K-3 classrooms. Every morning, the entire class comes together as a community to greet one another, share news, and warm up for the day ahead. Using Discipline Challenges as Learning Opportunities Galantino, M.
Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom [ACTIVITY] Posted by Bill Ferriter on Monday, 05/20/2013 I don't have a ton of time to write today -- I've spent the past week teaching and learning alongside of some really progressive thinkers in Australia -- so I figured I'd share a few handouts that I've been using in class this year to teach nonfiction reading skills in my sixth grade science classroom. Each lesson is tied directly to a standard in the Common Core Literacy in History, Science and Technical Subjects curriculum -- and each lesson is designed to be used in tandem with a current event connected to the concepts that our students study. Hope they help someone: Active Reading Behaviors Handout, Active Reading Behaviors One of the reading strategies that we will introduce to students is the notion of making "active reading comments" while reading. The key point to get across in this lesson is that readers are ALWAYS thinking while reading. How Quotes Influence Your Thinking Handout_HowQuotesInfluenceYourThinking
English Spanish Cognates Many Spanish nouns can easily be converted into English nouns. English nouns and Spanish nouns ending in '-or' are very often identical. English nouns and Spanish nouns ending in '-al' are very common identical. Many English nouns ending with '-ist', can be converted into Spanish nouns by changing to '-ista'. English nouns ending with '-y' often corresponds to Spanish nouns ending with '-ía', '-ia', or '-io'. Purchase the comprehensive list of 3,465 Spanish-English Cognates. Adjectives Like nouns, many English adjectives can be converted into Spanish simply by changing the word ending. Verbs There are many English verbs that can be converted into Spanish, usually by changing the ending of the English verb and adding the Spanish verb suffices 'ar', 'er' or 'ir'. Almost every English verb ending in '-ate' can be coverted into a Spanish infinitive by replacing the final '-ate' with '-ar'. Adverbs In English, "-ly" combines with many adjectives to form adverbs. Where to go next?
Make Your Students “Poetry Geniuses”! by Abi Frost I recently discovered a web resource called “rap genius”. This Brooklyn-based startup allows users to explore and understand the meaning behind song lyrics, poetry and literature. The long term vision is to annotate all text, including news stories and long-form works like War and Peace. Teachers have started using the platform to teach students critical reading skills, so I decided to try it out in my small seventh grade reading class for struggling readers. I saw this as one engaging way to address Common Core Standard RL.7.4: RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama. I designed a review lesson for my poetry analysis unit using the Poetry Genius tab on the Rap Genius website. -Abi Frost, Middle School Special Education Reading Specialist
Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: ELA Videos and Webinars In my previous post, I shared how I use freely available video in my reading and literacy methods course to help my preservice teachers (PTs) understand close reading instruction at a level that could not be attained through reading and discussion alone. Below is my curated collection of videos for general Common Core info, as well as videos to teach the close reading, text complexity and informational texts standards. General Information About the Common Core 1. Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy This 15-minute video gives a general overview of the CCSS and explains why the U.S. has moved to the Common Core. 2. This is a set of cartoon drawings that explain the different organizations and institutions involved in developing the CCSS. 3. This eight-minute video provides an opportunity for teacher educators to hear from the two individuals who are most responsible for the CCSS -- David Coleman and Sue Pimentel. Close Reading 4. In this three-minute video, Dr. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
lifornia Common Core Standards Common Core Meets Digital Learning Featuring Alan November Transforming the Culture of Learning: Aligning the Common Core to Digital Literacy Alan November is partnering with the Contra Costa County Office of Education and ACSA Region VI to engage teams of educators in a three-day series over six months to design motivating, rigorous and creative assignments. When: 3-Day Series – November 22, 2013; March 27, 2014 and June 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 4: 00 p.m. Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education, 77 Santa Barbara Rd., Pleasant Hill CA. 94523 Registration: $240/per person for all 3 days. San Francisco Bay Area Common Core State Standards Summit Realizing the Common Core The Contra Costa County Office of Education hosted the 2nd annual San Francisco Bay Area Common Core State Standards Summit on October 29th, 2013. Common Core Summit Schedule and Resources Our Mission Download the California Common Core State Standards: Historical Background return to top of page
Webb's Depth of Knowledge Rigor. Text Complexity. Difficulty. What do these words all mean in the world of thinking? Teaching? Learning? I learned about Webb’s Depth of Knowledge just last year when I was at a Larry Ainsworth Professional Development workshop about unwrapping Common Core State Standards and aligning our instructional sequences to those standards. So, what is Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and what’s the big deal? Branching off of a “flipped classroom approach” and because I don’t pretend to be an expert on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, click here to review (or learn about) the four levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge continuum: DoK1. DoK3. DoK4. I believe that each unit needs a mixture, or a balance, of all of the levels above. How do we apply Webb's Depth of Knowledge into our classrooms? If we are asking students to research, for example, here are some ways that we might be able to integrate DoK into a research unit sequentially: DoK1. DoK2. DoK3. DoK4. How does that look in Writing Workshop? DoK2.
Creating Cross-Curricular Text Sets for the Middle Grades by Amanda Wall A text set is a group of texts that share a common theme. Text sets are frequently found in elementary school classrooms, and they can also be a great resource in the middle grades, across the content areas. In my own middle school classroom, I found that text sets encouraged students to explore different aspects of a topic using resources that differed in genre, format and complexity. As a teacher educator, I now work with middle grades preservice teachers in my Literature and Writing course to design text sets for their future classrooms. Organizing a Text Set The first step was to understand the goal behind a text set—to assemble a set of texts to explore a common theme. Designing a Text Set To design the text set, each person thought about a theme in the anchor text to explore. The completed text set was presented in a box, basket, or similar container, much as a teacher might have in a classroom. Resources for Texts Three Example Text Sets (including one for Math!)
California English Language Development (ELD) Standards **New for 2012 | English Learners Here are the latest versions (July 2012) of the new Califonia ELD Standards. These ELD standards are in DRAFT form and will be state board approved by Christmas 2012. Please watch for updates. eldstdkindergarten.pdf eldstdgrade1.pdf eldstdgrade2.pdf eldstdgrade3.pdf eldstdgrade4.pdf eldstdgrade5.pdf eldstdgrade6.pdf eldstdgrade7.pdf eldstdgrade8.pdf eldstdgrade910.pdf eldstdgrade1112.pdf Here is ELD standards revision SBE presentation Final for CDE.ppt to use as a resource for sharing the source, development and implementation ideas for the new ELD Standards. Books That Tweak (Not Twerk!) Great Classics Originally posted on Kirkus Writers are always borrowing from one another, across centuries and continents. It’s the writers who aren’t just borrowing but building on what previous writers have created who we’re interested in. For more from Kirkus, click here! "Havisham" by Ronald Frame "An intelligently imagined Dickens prequel." "Hardly a false note in an extraordinary carrying on of a true greatness that doubted itself."