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?

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


CUE Advocacy Update. John Cradler is a legislative policy consultant with CUE and works with the CUE board, staff, and Legislative Advocacy Committee to advise on policy, legislation, and other public initiatives to support CUE’s mission and vision. 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.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach


We suggest that the state guarantee this by drafting rigorous standards (consistent with the Common Core, at least here in California) reflected on two smooth curves, one for literacy and one for numeracy, starting in kindergarten and ending in 12 th grade. Advocacy Common Core Standards Education Technology eLearning Strategies Symposium Category Page Technology in Education Uncategorized alternative testing computer based learning data data collection ESSA standardized testing

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


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

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. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies Personalized Learning Assessment Driven Curriculum Core Curriculum Common Core State Standards Differentiated Learning Data and ResearchJosh Parker is an instructional coach at District of Columbia Public Schools.

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

The Hechinger Report

Related: More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening. When I joined the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, which works to elevate student voice in education research, policy and advocacy across Kentucky, I wrote a piece about poor students needing more from policymakers. “As Related: Lessons from the principal of a Kentucky school that went from one of the worst to one of the best under Common Core.

OPINION: The Opt Out movement is gaining ground, quietly

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Standardized testing is a common feature in K-12 schooling in the United States, with federal legislation requiring since 2002 that states test virtually all children in grades 3-8 in mathematics and English language arts. Moreover, the movement has yet to form an advocacy arm that calls for specific changes and a reform agenda. . Imagine hundreds of thousands of parents protesting the ways in which schools educate their children.

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

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Efforts to disentangle success from economics are made somewhat harder by New York’s decision not to adopt one of the national Common Core tests, which promised to allow more apples-to-apples comparisons among school districts across the country (though New York has a modified version of the Common Core standards in place, the state makes its own exams to test whether kids are meeting those expectations). Read more about Common Core.

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

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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?

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You know when we talk about preparing students for the jobs of the future, it’s critical thinking, it’s self-advocacy. FROM OUR PARTNER. This story was originally produced in 2019 by our publication partner, the CT Mirror , and is reprinted with permission.

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5 Free Summer Professional Development Resources from ASCD

The 21st Century Principal

The EduCore ™ digital tool — This digital tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards. educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in both mathematics and literacy. ASCD’s policy page —This one-stop shop for educators interested in advocacy and education policy offers tips on how to get informed, get involved, and make a difference.

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

LA101x: Library Advocacy Unshushed. Common Core in Action: Math Classroom Challenges- Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction. Common Core in Action II: Exploring Literacy Design Collaborative Tools. 50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015. by Class Central. Below is a list of 50 free online courses for teachers for Spring 2015, aggregated by Class Central. Education & Teaching (50).

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

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I also definitely want to be heavily involved in advocacy for young black youth, or, for youth in general, and just promoting student leadership. The interaction between administration and students and the amount of student voice put into the decisions made, specifically about Common Core and standardizing a certain curriculum. 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

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Related: Personalized learning and Common Core: Mortal enemies? Windsor Locks parents routinely refer to these communication and self-advocacy skills in describing the impact of the model, which ties into a more systemic shift in the district. According to CompetencyWorks , an online advocacy initiative created to share information about competency education, more than one-third of districts in New England are planning for, or are in the process of becoming, competency-based.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

You will discover that it aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. A click on resources will bring up a host of ideas including advocacy, programs, statistics, and STEM news. I want to share a number of databases of incredible resources for any digital classroom. I know you will find this must read article, one that you will also want to share.

Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments

During her administrative tenure, Dr. Removcik has led professional development trainings on several state initiatives including Common Core Standards, educator effectiveness, and data analysis. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

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. Self-advocacy—which we know is key from the experiences of colleges actively courting students on the spectrum–is built into every step. The more common moving from special ed to higher ed becomes, the more downward pressure there will be on K-12 schools to aspire for more for young people with disabilities.

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.

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

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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.”.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

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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. Students at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa, Arizona, spend a portion of their school day working on laptops.

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The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning


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. By design, some students go through two years of kindergarten in Middletown, New York. People associate repeating grades with disastrous consequences.

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

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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.

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

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Indeed, despite the buzz around personalized learning, there’s no simple recipe for success, and the common ingredients — such as adaptive-learning technology and student control over learning — can backfire if poorly implemented. Still, there are some stalwart critics, notably Benjamin Riley, who visited many personalized-learning classrooms from 2010 to 2014 as the policy and advocacy director for the NewSchools Venture Fund.



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. The company has partnered with advocacy organizations to produce white papers at the 2017 and 2016 Digital Citizenship Summits and provides online monitoring software to schools. In the zSpace supplement, learners will be introduced to zSpace components, terminology and core concepts.

Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Patrick Farenga is a leading and unique authority on homeschooling, bringing more than 30 years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience (he and his wife homeschooled their three daughters) to help parents and children learn in their own ways. 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.

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.

Want to help public education thrive in 2017? Support The Hechinger Report!

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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.

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.

Learning Revolution Free Events - "Reinventing the Classroom" Online Conference This Week - GlobalEdCon Call for Proposals - RSMiniCon This Weekend

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

For over two decades, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools essential for success. Wednesday, April 30th at 4pm Free BrainPOP Webinar: ELLs and the Common Core , Are you an ESL teacher struggling to address the Common Core? The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 29th Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. -

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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. Are these still core values of the library profession, and if so, how are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing? Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below.

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. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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.” This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Monday, April 27th at 10pm WLMA: Google+ Hangout + #WLMAchat , Topics to be discussed include our recent WSSLIT school library impact report, legislative successes and advocacy, the teaming up of Washington state's school and public library associations, school and public library collaborations and other topics of interest to the K12 teacher-librarians.

Democrats speak up about tots and college students, but say less on K-12 issues

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Almost no speaker, including Clinton, addressed such contentious issues as charter schools, excessive testing, the achievement gap, the technology-access gap, Common Core standards and the current racial segregation in so many of the nation’s schools. Related: How one innovative school district has closed the gaps on harder Common Core tests.

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. AASL Saturday, October 19 12:00am The Virtual Learning Commons: Concept, ideas, and Conversation - David V.


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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

How to Integrate Mathematics, Common Core Standards, Real Life Experiences, and the Content Areas - Kristen Beck, Curriculum Coordinator 10 Awesome STEM Lessons - Patti Duncan, Retired Teacher A STEAM Powered Golf Course - Jill Bergeron, Middle School Technology Integration Specialist Essential Strategies and Delivery Systems of Every School - Sheli Smith, Director of Programs Re-Imagining Education: Hacker Scouts and STEAM - Samantha Cook, Executive Director and Founder Igniting the Spark!


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

There was some talk that, despite being vociferously anti-union , Michelle Rhee’s support for the Common Core was allegedly a deal-breaker. Of course, DeVos has supported groups that back the Common Core in the past, including Jeb Bush ’s Foundation for Excellence in Education. ” Via The New York Times : “Where Donald Trump Stands on School Choice , Student Debt and Common Core.” Presidential-Elect Donald J. Trump.

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.