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. It appears that much of the focus for improvement has been on creating rigorous classroom instruction to increase student achievement measured by the highly contested standardized tests. Why we have chosen to title this work Beyond Core Expectations is twofold. Who Are the Not-So-Common Learners?

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


CUE Advocacy Update. The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. Advocacy Common Core Standards computer science CSTA legislationAssembly Bill 2329, Computer Science Plan by Assemblywoman Bonilla was signed by Governor Brown September 27 th, 2016.


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ISTE, Stirring the Pot, & Education Advocacy

The Daring Librarian

ISTE NETS & the Common Core I recently ended that four year elected term on the ISTE Board of Directors and as I reflect upon my service, participation, and accomplishments balanced with Glenda''s comment, I can say that if that was the sole standard of success - I failed! Having something that makes the connection between the Common Core & NETS. It would be great if ISTE could spell out direct correlations from NETS to the Common Core.

The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy


Brennan McMahon Parton, Data Quality Campaign ’s associate director of state policy and advocacy, recently spoke with him about data literacy for teachers. We believe that data literacy should be included in all educator preparation programs and on licensure exams to help ensure that teachers have the right skills when they enter the classroom. Josh Parker is an instructional coach at District of Columbia Public Schools. He was named Maryland State Teacher of the Year in 2012.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. SHEG also offers two other fabulous portals filled with resources to help classroom teachers and teacher librarians inquiry and historical analysis. A series of Read Like a Historian videos prepares educators to effectively launch this type of learning in their classrooms.

Student voice: My journey from Kentucky’s rural poverty to Wellesley — and across the empathy gap

The Hechinger Report

When I looked around the classroom I noticed many of my friends either staring timidly down at their desks or exchanging looks as the wealthier students encouraged the teacher on her rant. Related: More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening. Related: Lessons from the principal of a Kentucky school that went from one of the worst to one of the best under Common Core.

New York’s upstate cities have some of the worst schools in the country

The Hechinger Report

Students in Kelly McCarthy’s first-grade classroom end the period with a vocabulary word game. If it were using a Common Core test, for example, New York City could be compared to other rapidly gentrifying cities like San Francisco, Washington and Boston. Researchers at Stanford University recently set about solving this problem by creating a national database that uses a formula to put all the different state tests on a common scale. Read more about Common Core.

As states push for news ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

The Hechinger Report

The already converted policymakers, school leaders and teachers ready to transform traditional schooling came to this annual conference last week from around the world to share a common refrain: Out with the old. We have to engage in a movement,” Susan Patrick, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group known as iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning), told the cheering crowd of 3,000 true believers.

Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

The Hechinger Report

He was also willing to look at the overall system, particularly higher ed, to see whether teachers are trained appropriately to deal with so many of the problems that youngsters from urban areas bring to the classroom.”. FROM OUR PARTNER.

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

LA101x: Library Advocacy Unshushed. Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom. Common Core in Action: Math Classroom Challenges- Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction. Common Core in Action II: Exploring Literacy Design Collaborative Tools. Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom. 50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015. by Class Central.

STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

The Hechinger Report

I also definitely want to be heavily involved in advocacy for young black youth, or, for youth in general, and just promoting student leadership. Many times, I find, some of my friends go into a classroom, and they’re dealing with things at home. They bring that into the classroom, and the teacher assumes that it’s targeted towards them. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it?

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

The Hechinger Report

Traditional grades no longer exist, children get extra help based on their individual learning needs and classrooms run very differently. Sitting quietly at the back of the room is no longer an option in classrooms that prize student engagement. But the classroom visit persuaded Picard. Related: Personalized learning and Common Core: Mortal enemies? This program really makes sure that they’re going to not leave that classroom until they’ve mastered it.

Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments

Educators must first have a deep and cohesive understanding of what they’re trying to accomplish in the classroom and how they’re trying to do it. Otherwise, they might go off in a different strategic direction that conflicts with classroom needs. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

You Can Still Search Thinkfinity’s Digital Content Resources …. Learn How

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I want to share a number of databases of incredible resources for any digital classroom. You will discover that it aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. You will find hundreds of free, innovative online resources for bringing American History into your K12 classroom. This could really be you link to some wonderful classroom science!

STEM 101

re: My Nomination for US Secretary of Education

The Jose Vilson

In it, he takes on Liat Olenick’s original proposal – which then turned into a core tenet of Warren’s educational plan – and builds on it. My advocacy isn’t going anywhere.

My son has Asperger’s and wants to attend a rigorous college— why shouldn’t he?

The Hechinger Report

Related: “It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky. Corey needs to improve his ability to meet classroom expectations by organizing his materials, starting/completing/turning in homework, and doing assignments neatly/thoroughly,” was identified as his “transition need.” Self-advocacy—which we know is key from the experiences of colleges actively courting students on the spectrum–is built into every step.

Amazon, Ed. Organizations Launch Blitz for “Growth Mindset” in Math

Marketplace K-12

The belief that students benefit academically from having a “ growth mindset ” has spread quickly from the research arena to classrooms, and now education companies selling tech products to schools and advocacy organizations are aggressively promoting the concept, too.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Many schools embrace technology in the classroom as a route to these students’ hearts. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common. And the lessons about independence and self-advocacy lead to kids who know how and when to ask for help.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning


And it would not be possible, Trout said, without small-group instruction and the assistance of classroom technology that helps her deliver a custom-fit lesson for each student. It can look a little different in every school, in every classroom and for each student. based education reform advocacy group. For more, check out this story about personalized learning and Common Core by Sarah Garland. By NICHOLE DOBO, The Hechinger Report.

Trump names school-choice advocate DeVos to his cabinet, ushering in a new era in education

The Hechinger Report

Most notably, the foundation funded the American Federation for Children, an advocacy group focused on supporting school-choice initiatives and supporting candidates who back school choice. Opposition to the Common Core. FEE advocates for education reforms, including choice, but it also supports the Common Core State Standards, which Trump has vowed to abolish. A lot of rhetoric about choice, and advocacy for state voucher plans.”.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

Using small yellow and orange squares of paper and lengths of yarn stretched between tables and chairs, sixth-grade math students made number lines — including everything from fractions to negative decimals — in a classroom at Walsh Middle School. The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom.

A solution as obvious as it is rare: Making high school graduates ready for college

The Hechinger Report

Half a million, or about one in four, show up on campuses each fall not ready to take college courses in math or English, according to the advocacy organization Education Reform Now. Even though the Common Core initiative to set consistent standards in schools nationwide has been promoted as a path to better preparing students for college and careers, for example, many higher education faculty say no one ever asked them what that means.



Ally is designed to integrate with a school district’s existing LMS and automatically runs class materials through an accessibility checklist that looks for common accessibility issues. EDMODO AND CLEVER ( ) & ( ) Edmodo announced a new partnership with Clever to give teachers, students and parents immediate access to fully rostered digital classrooms. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Week's Events - GlobalEd Waitlist - CoSN - Google Forms - Breaking Down Library Walls - Better Than College - OZeLive Kudos

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Wednesday, February 26th at 3:30pm Our Corps for the Core: BrainPOP and the Common Core Standards , The BrainPOP educators team shares BrainPOP’s rich history of creating engaging and rigorous content, and how our videos, games and teacher support materials address the underlying goals as well as the specific requirements of the Common Core State Standards. Saturday, March 1st at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show - Google Forms in the Classrooms , Classroom 2.0

What We Know About Betsy DeVos, Trump's Pick for Education Secretary


Here’s where she stands on a few key issues: DeVos doesn’t support Common Core : “Many of you are asking about Common Core. She supports charter school expansion : DeVos and her husband established the Great Lakes Education Project , an advocacy group for school choice that was instrumental in getting Michigan to abandon plans to regulate charter schools earlier this year. President-elect Donald J.

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If public education is ever going to meet the needs of low-income students, ideas for change must get beyond the constant war of words fueled by advocacy journalism, partisan blogging and fake news. The left and right have found little common ground to advance education, in part because education advocates are no more interested in finding pragmatic, nonpartisan solutions than defense contractors are in finding peace.

Newsletter: Used PCs to Chromebooks (Today), New "Privacy Con" Speakers, More GlobalEd.TV, Quotes + News

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Of particular note are the special "turn your old pcs into Chromebooks" event today, the pretty amazing new speakers we have for "Privacy Con" (the Library 2.106 event next week), and new library events in June and October ("Library as Classroom" and "Libraries of the Future"). For this reason, many educational standards, including the Common Core, emphasize the importance of being able to read, write, and interact across a range of media, platforms, and tools.

Events + News - The Emerging Future on Thursday - Educational Podcasting - Global Education Day - Less is More Lesson from Finland

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This webinar will cover what to look for in a game, where to get good games for learning, and strategies to integrate games into the system of a classroom. Wednesday, April 29th at 4pm Common Sense Media Webinar: Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass , Join Common Sense Education for a webinar to celebrate the launch of their newest free education resource, Digital Compass.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

The Gates Foundation has backed a variety of education reform initiatives : charter schools, the Common Core State Standards, “small schools,” inBloom, teacher evaluations, and yes, “personalized learning.” These inequalities affect what sorts of education technology appears in the classroom and how these products are used.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

” The Gates Foundation is perhaps the best known organization for furthering political advocacy through its funding mechanisms. In part, their struggles are a result of controversies surrounding the Common Core State Standards, which were supposed to streamline and procurement the development of curriculum and assessment. ” The “war” extends beyond the productivity suite of tech tools and it extends beyond operating system in the classroom.

Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Era of Big Data - Dr. Marc Kosciejew No More Tallies: Choosing a Web-Based Reference Statistics Tool - Mandi Goodsett, Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor/Government Documents Coordinator Tips for connecting your school library with teachers + the classroom -- from acquiring new materials to supporting the Common Core and other curriculum needs -- we''ll show you how.


STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Director, Online Professional Development Finding the Fun of It - Bernard De Koven From the CyberWorld to the RealWorld (Classroom) - Dahlia Shaewitz, Principal Research Analyst STEM Education and Social Activism: Creating a New South Bronx - Jessica Chung, Digital Learning Programs Associate 24/7 Math Support: Crowdsourcing Solutions and Crowdfunding Resources - Torrey Trust, Ph.D.


The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

An advocacy for libertarian politics – think Peter Thiel (a Stanford graduate) now advising Donald Trump. Yet, as was noted earlier, one of the core characteristics of hegemony is the ability of dominant ideologies to permeate commonsensical understandings and meaning. You can see neoliberalism, for example, in efforts towards privatization and the outsourcing of core technological capacities to third party vendors.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “A federal judge on Monday denied a request by three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin for a preliminary injunction to keep concealed guns out of their classrooms,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Testing, Testing… Common Core test scores released and California ’s scores were up a little bit, Connecticut ’s were up a little bit more, and Maryland ’s were better in math. Education Politics.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The Flipped Classroom". It was probably Sal Khan’s 2011 TED Talk “Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education” and the flurry of media he received over the course of the following year or so that introduced the idea of the “flipped classroom” to most people.