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“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

The Hechinger Report

Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance. One of the tablets in use in Jessica Howard’s classroom at Field Elementary.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. With students on my roster performing at a range of grade levels from elementary to beyond high school, I decided against bundled curriculum and textbooks and instead committed to building an in-house curriculum tailored to my students’ needs.

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Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

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Whether from formative and summative assessments or online instructional programs, data is both a powerful indicator of teaching and a driver for personalizing professional development. For example, imagine that you are an elementary school principal who is looking for opportunities to strengthen specific third grade math skills in the new school year. With this simple exercise, you have identified an area of need—as well as a valuable SME who is already overcoming the challenge.

Regarding Aaron Ross's Interpretation of Student Centered Learning andthe Well Rounded Student

Saving Socrates

In his post on his blog [link] , Aaron Ross suggests that their are two polar opposite approaches to the neccessity of a common core, those who want to protect and perhaps even popularize it and those who want to totally abandon it. The American notion of a common set of knowledge that all students must acquire is not unique nor is it nearly as organized by a central government that in European nations like Britain or France. (I

15 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

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Once they’ve completed these exercises, they pretend that they have just graduated from high school, have a job, and must save $2,000 to start college. Age group: Upper elementary, middle and high school. Age group: Upper elementary.

Math Webtools to Support Any Curriculum

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Then that too changed when rote drills and worksheets were replaced with cerebral challenges and dynamic exercises. Programs are geared to the particular learning of Elementary and Middle School, and Middle and High School with games and lessons aligned to state and national standards like Common Core, TEKS and MAFS. Students can track correct responses allowing it to be used as an assessment if desired.

McGraw-Hill Education launches free project-based literacy instruction

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SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart promotes critical skills for at-risk elementary, middle and high school students, extends benefits of project-based learning to more U.S. FLEX Literacy Projects resources for either Elementary (3-5) or Secondary (6 and above) classrooms. A Collaboration, Presentation and Writing Assessment Guide.

3 Ways to Fix District PD—Tap Internal Talent, Analyze Your Data Footprint, and Listen

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They had limited impact on professional learning, says Epps, principal of the Mancos Early Learning Center and Elementary School. But when Mancos decided to adopt Mastery Connect , an online resource to help track student mastery of Common Core standards and to align curriculum, leaders realized that they needed a more intensive approach to training teachers to use the new digital tool. Together, these assessments represent your technology and data footprint.

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Can Blended Learning Improve Equity in One of Nation’s Most Diverse Districts?

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Students are grouped by academic need so teachers can review topics with struggling students while the rest of the class works at their own pace, often on a playlist of exercises assigned by Canvas (grades 6-12) or Google Classroom (K-5). The station rotation model is utilized across the district, at the elementary, middle and high school level, in both bilingual and mainstream classes. Students at Normandy Park Elementary in Morris School District.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

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Bottom line: Practice core subject skills with fun games at school or at home. Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments. Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics. Brief bursts of physical exercise add classroom fun, build brainpower. Bottom line: In a genre of its own, GoNoodle is a ready-to-go and classroom-friendly exercise program that challenges students to get moving.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

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Tons of options, though pesky ads can annoy without a subscription Bottom line: Practice core subject skills with fun games at school or at home. Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

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Tons of options, though pesky ads can annoy without a subscription Bottom line: Practice core subject skills with fun games at school or at home. Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics.

Closing the 30 million word gap

eSchool News

The preschoolers loved the program, Nemko said, and the results of the pilot were “phenomenal”: As the children consumed the digital books, assessment data showed a 250-percent increase in their English language skills. The reason is that when you come to school and your language skills aren’t as good, a lot of what the teacher says—and 80 percent of classroom instruction in elementary school is a teacher talking and students listening—is going to go right over your head.”.

What Makes a Good Edtech Tool Great?

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The boom and bust of Common Core standards have left their mark, just as new concerns over media literacy and privacy are doing currently. As a director for Common Sense Education , I’ve enjoyed something of a ringside seat, having edited close to 1,000 edtech reviews written by expert educators. We’re surprised how often developers struggle with this question, either because they don’t have an answer, or, more commonly, they just haven’t heard of their competitors.

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The Business of Education Technology

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“It’s an exercise of power aimed at the public, and in a democratic society, power deserves attention and scrutiny, not gratitude.” 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.