School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

Check out their book titled Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner published by Corwin. Why we have chosen to title this work Beyond Core Expectations is twofold. Second, we advocate for the development of an action plan for educating the not-so-common learners that is research-based, achievable, and reaches beyond any current educational reform initiative for school improvement. Who Are the Not-So-Common Learners?

Using Creation Apps to Tackle Common Core

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By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Kristy Andre @kristyandre2 There seems to be a shudder when we mention the words “Common Core,” yet this is where we are going in education. Common Core often gets paired with iPads, which can lead to additional confusion for teachers. The post Using Creation Apps to Tackle Common Core appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards

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School Supplies, Facebook and the Common Core

Tom Murray

I was the fourth one in line. Standing directly in front of me were two moms that were obviously out shopping for school supplies. It is that time of year. Three-pronged folders, marble notebooks, some pens, a few book covers, a handful of binders, and some loose leaf paper was what I could see. What struck me most was how similar school shopping must have been twenty years earlier when that mom’s mother or father had taken her to the local store for back to school shopping. It struck me how as

Fun Math Practice For Grades 1 - 5 from @SplashMath that is Common Core Aligned!

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app giveaway Common Core App common core math app fifth grade math app first grade math app fourth grade math app math app second grade math app splash math third grade math app Splash Math apps for iPhones/iPods and iPads and web-based system that cater to Grades 1 to 5 - 10 Download Give-Aways for the App: Enter Below! Splash Math apps have been downloaded by over 4 Million users, and for good reason.

Find and Pin All of Your Favorite Common Core Activities with @MasteryConnect!

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Easily Find, Pin, and Save All of Your Common Core Resources One of the most popular ways in which educators collaborate using social media is through pinning. Mastery Connect is my favorite resource for all things Common Core. Start Pinning Common Core Goodies Recently, MasteryConnect launched a free option called Resource Pins for teachers upload and discover common core aligned resources using the very familiar pinning platform.

Common Core and Backyard Chickens

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The post Common Core and Backyard Chickens appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core StandardsBy CUE Member and Guest Blogger Sean Williams Really it is all Kevin Brookhouser’s fault. While visiting him a few years ago, he went out in the back yard and brought in fresh eggs for breakfast. That was all it took really, but later in the morning when we went to visit his hens, it […].

Creative Apps for the Common Core and 4 Cs: Part 1

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The post Creative Apps for the Common Core and 4 Cs: Part 1 appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core StandardsWritten by CUE Member and Guest Blogger Jo-Ann Fox @AppEducationFox One day after school I sat at my computer feeling a bit overwhelmed by the colossal amount of apps I had to sort through in my iTunes cloud, when I suddenly had my Newton moment. Except it wasn’t an apple that fell onto my head. […].

Unpacking the Common Core at ICE 14

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Please enjoy a slideshow presented at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference Unpacking the Common Core: Embracing the Academic Vocabulary Shift. CCSS #ICE14 #Vocabulary #FlexibleTools

Exploring High Quality Websites and Apps for Common Core Lesson Design

Class Tech Integrate

This site offers a "Common Core Explorer" for ELA and Math Common Core standards for grades K - 12. Then a list of common core standards will appear, and apps and sites that can be utilized for those standards will be listed, with teacher and learner ratings. You now have a "one stop-shop" for each and every Common Core Standard! common core edtech technology integration

Core Tech for Learning with ELA Common Core #ISTE2014

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One of the #ISTE2014 sessions I attended was "Core technologies for the Common Core" by Kyle Brumbaugh and Elizabeth Calhoon. They had a great introduction to the Common Core and a plethora of helpful tools. Table: Supplemental Information for Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards Writing readability and editor Sure, you can use the tools mentioned above to assess the readability of a student''s writing, but the following tool also includes editing.

Exploring High Quality Websites and Apps for Common Core Lesson Design

Class Tech Integrate

This site offers a "Common Core Explorer" for ELA and Math Common Core standards for grades K - 12. Then a list of common core standards will appear, and apps and sites that can be utilized for those standards will be listed, with teacher and learner ratings. You now have a "one stop-shop" for each and every Common Core Standard! common core edtech technology integration

Writing 2.0: Technology-Rich Approach to Common Core Writing

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Common Core writing requires students to create and publish writing online, and to interact and collaborate with others. Active participants, perhaps motivated by the opportunity to engage in meaningful reading and writing, approach an event as if their presence matters," ( Johnson, 2014, p. 21st Century Learning blog collaboration Common Core Digital Citizenship Professional Development What skills are most desired by employers?

OpenEd Launches Free Common Core Assessment Creation Tool

The 21st Century Principal

L os Gatos, CA – June 17, 2014 — OpenEd ( www.OpenEd.io ), the largest K-12 educational resource catalog, today announced a free tool designed to enable teachers to easily create assessments with the question types required by Common Core standards. But none of the currently available free tools supported the types of questions required by the Common Core. Common Core Common Core Resources

Use Games to Spark Engagement in Learning – The Link to Common Core

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The post Use Games to Spark Engagement in Learning – The Link to Common Core appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core StandardsBy CUE Guest Blogger Andrew Gibas The idea of using games in education stemmed from my interest in European-type board games (Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Small World, Ticket to Ride, etc.) combined with fun physics activities that I picked up from my mentor when I was a student teacher. It all began with the development […].

The Common Core of Movie Making: Student Film as a Performance Task

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The post The Common Core of Movie Making: Student Film as a Performance Task appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core StandardsBy CUE Member and Guest Blogger Jessica Pack, @Packwoman208 The library is eerily quiet when we enter, and the students are all business, their voices hushed, as they quickly set about rearranging furniture. The digital clock on the wall reads 3:30, and on a Friday afternoon, when school dismisses at 1:50, the library is one […].

New York's Revisions to the Common Core

Saving Socrates

The latest out of NY State is that they are easing the requirements for passing the new common core exams for high school students until 2022. FINALLY) Realistically, this does nothing to help the thousands of yeshiva and private school students that will take the common core Algebra exam next year and possibly the English exam. Regardless, the Common Core is coming to NY and coming fast. CCSS Common Core English graduation requirements math NYC NYDOE

English + Common Core + Mobile = Success in Learning Poster Session at ISTE 2014

Education with Technology

In my ISTE Sunday 8-10 am poster session, I demonstrate many diverse mobile activities to help students achieve the English Language Arts Common Core Anchor Statements through mobile devices. The mobile activities focus on free common tool apps that are available on both the Android and the iPad. English Common Core Mobile Activities. Anchor Statements Android Common Core English ipad Mobile tablet CCSS ELA mobile Smartphone Tablet

Common Core Quest

Technology Tidbits

Common Core Quest is an excellent free Android app for Math & LA grades 6th on up, and aligned to Common Core Standards. Students can then earn badges/ribbons for learning a Common Core Standard and teachers/parents can get detailed reports. I highly recommend checking out Common Core Quest by clicking here !!!

What Are the Real Motives Behind the Common Core State Standards? Let's Be Honest with Ourselves!

The 21st Century Principal

Today, there was this post on the Public School Forum of North Carolina website defending the Common Core. That post, entitled "Common Core Standards Will Help NC Meet Its Challenges," was written by Caroline McCullen, the director of education initiatives at SAS which already has a multi-million dollar contract with North Carolina to provide value-added teacher data analysis software for teacher and principal evaluations.

English Common Core Mobile Activities ebook

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English Common Core Mobile Activities. I recently published English Common Core Mobile Activities ebook. Use these 150+ different mobile activities to guide your students in learning and demonstrating the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Anchor Statements in Language, Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing.

21st Century Learning, Literacy 2.0 and Common Core

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Connecting PBL, the Common Core, and Teacher Evaluation Tool Below is a presentation from one of the Leadership Meetings earlier in the year. In a nutshell, here''s what that training looked like: Think through a series of questions about what 21st century learning skills look like in the context of PBL, and as described in the Common Core. Create a picture of what a thriving Common Core classroom and PBL classroom looked like.

Efforts to Change the "Common Core" Name Will Perhaps Doom Them Even More

The 21st Century Principal

It seems that in an effort to curtail criticism and the growing backlash against the "Common Core," states are simply changing the name of them, hoping to "rebrand" them. See this article entitled "Some States Customize Education Overhaul, Ditch Common Core Label." ) I would say this tactic is deceptive and ethically wrong. First of all, the Common Core Standards were "coerced." Common Core Standards Common Core Standards Implementation

Draw on Student Interests to Make the Common Core Work for You

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This was originally posted at Common Sense Graphite. As the new school year begins, articles and resources dedicated to helping teachers develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core literacy standards are popping up everywhere. The best part: survey data is a perfect way to help students meet Common Core Writing Anchor Standards 6 and 7, which focus on using technology to produce writing and conduct research.

Creative Apps for the Common Core and 4 Cs: Part 2

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The post Creative Apps for the Common Core and 4 Cs: Part 2 appeared first on OnCUE. By CUE Member Jo-Ann Fox @AppEducationFox As a teacher using apps in the classroom, you need to ask yourself, what do you want your students to gain from their experience with their mobile device? Do you want your students to primarily be using their device to consume content? Or do you want your students to […].

Common Core practice tests now available online

The Innovative Educator

From eSchool News " Site of the Week :" View more Sites of the Week The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two collections of states that are designing online tests aligned with the Common Core standards, has released online practice tests in both ELA and math for students in grades 3-8 and 11. common core standards

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Depth of understanding was hailed by its architects as a cornerstone of the Common Core, a set of educational guidelines for what students need to know in each grade in English and math that have been adopted in 43 states and the District of Columbia. If the Common Core is to improve the math education of U.S.

Differentiated math instruction using Front Row: adaptive math for K-8 classrooms!

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It’s common core aligned, and has tons of problems and videos Every question and every video in Front Row is common core aligned, so I know it’s teaching the right material. The program covers K-8 math, and has tons of common core aligned problems and videos for every standard - no matter where my kids are, they have material they can practice. I have started using a FREE new math program this spring called Front Row.

BoomWriter Delivers a Free Common Core Aligned Personalized Literacy Tool

The 21st Century Principal

By blending writing and technology use—two skills of increasing importance for success in the 21st century world—BoomWriter provides teachers and students the necessary space to explore creativity, hone writing skills, and develop a deeper understanding of literary elements, all while aligning with the Common Core.

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. In terms of typing, this is a growing pain,” said Luci Willits, deputy executive director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a group of states developing joint tests for the Common Core standards. “If K-12 Schools Common Core GED Testing

English +Common Core +Mobile = Success (ISTE2014 Poster -details)

Education with Technology

Here are the ten examples I showed at my English + Common Core + Mobile ISTE 2014 Poster Session: Based on CCSS Anchor Statements: L.2 Use the 150+ different mobile activities in my ebook , English Common Core Mobile Activities , to guide your students in learning and demonstrating the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Anchor Statements in Language, Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing.

Integrating Technology Using the SAMR Model to Meet Common Core in the Classroom

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There are many practical ways educators can move their students t hrough the SAMR model (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) through technology integration, to extend learning, to meet the common core standards and develop lifelong learners. This is why we need COMMON CORE : It Highlights the importance of using technology as a tool for learning! Common Core has many places for tech tools to be used to meet objectives!

Connect to the Common Core with Resources Students Commonly Turn to For Learning

The Innovative Educator

If you know the Common Core Standards you know that “The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. Common Core Learning Standards for ELA & Literacy, Key Design Considerations Innovative educators know that when used in the right way, social networks and other online technologies are great tools to conduct such research and gain knowledge.

NYC Principal Commits Suicide After Common Core Test Cheating

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Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, principal of a West Harlem school in New York, committed suicide one day after her students took state Common Core exams, the results of which had to be discarded because Worrell-Breeden manipulated test answers. The tragic event occurred 24 hours after her 47 third-grade students had concluded three days of the Common Core English exam, which had been given for the first time at the new school. In 2014, only 34.5%

More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening

The Hechinger Report

It’s been over five years since Kentucky adopted the Common Core, guidelines for what students need to know in math and the English language arts in each grade. students graduating from the K-12 system are college and career ready, Common Core has ramped up academic expectations that schools everywhere, including those in Kentucky, are still far from meeting. Related: Common Core ignores underprivileged students — and testing will lead to more achievement gaps.

Childhood is Expendable to Some Education Reformers

A Principal's Reflections

Unfortunately this has now become reality for our youngest students in 2014 and the near future in the name of education reform. As a parent of two elementary students (first and third grade) in Staten Island, NY, I witness daily the negative impacts that Common Core and standardized testing, under the guise of education reform, are having on them. Common Core education education reform Opinion The following piece is cross-posted at the Huffington Post.