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Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

She moved to Newark with her family at age 4. Esteves’ teacher gives her books to take home, part of the school’s push to keep students reading outside of school. In last year’s statewide Common Core-related PARCC test, just 24 percent of the students at Esteves’ school met grade-level expectations in reading and writing, a category called English language arts and literacy. But Pinheiro has mixed feelings about how high the bar is set for her students.

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

Educator Innovator

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. But, as every teacher knows, it matters little how perfectly your lesson meets Reading Anchor Standard #3 if 30 students’ eyes are glazed over while you teach it.


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

The Hechinger Report

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. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said. And we’ve got to reframe that.”.

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


Brennan McMahon Parton: Josh, thanks for talking to me about data literacy. At the Data Quality Campaign, we define a data-literate educator as someone who has the knowledge and skills to access, interpret, act on, and communicate about data to support student success. We have access to a range of data points, but our understanding of what they measure, why they matter, and how they impact practice is shallow. This seems like a good place to wrap up.

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Student Learners become Leaders of Learning – a LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Follow-up


TigerTechTeam student leaders manage a website and blog , tutor younger peers, and participate in community nights to teach parents and families how to leverage technology to promote learning at home. While #TigerTechTeam has led to increased technological proficiency on the Jefferson campus and in the surrounding community, perhaps the most rewarding result of the student-led team is the leadership development of its members and their impacts on our school’s culture.

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. While it is necessary to understand both extremes, I think there is also merit to understanding a nuanced middle ground which people like me comfortably dwell. How this played out in effect was never so simple.

What is Standards-based Grading?

Ask a Tech Teacher

How many times have you experienced teachers who based report card grades on how well students complete classwork, homework, and quizzes? Today, many educators want to not only evaluate progress at a point in time but optimize that against the ongoing standards their school mission is built on such as Common Core, International Baccalaureate, NGSE, or TEKS. To accomplish this, many schools and Districts have turned to Standards-based Grading.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are a lot of online math systems to help students through one of school’s toughest subjects (if not science). Each one proclaim s they have the way to teach students while having fun, in ways that are aligned with state and national standards. How do you decide what is best for your class? offer compelling content (this is subjective; ‘compelling’ varies teacher-to-teacher and student-to-student). Free (fee upgrade to Premium).

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. delivered digitally to your school or District. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for unique needs.

Subscriber Special: Group PD at a great price

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. Each $750 for up to 20 attendees. Minimum enrollment of 5; delivered digitally to your school or District. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network.

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Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

The new report How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in seven moves: A playbook for teachers ” tells stories of teachers who improved student engagement and academic results by introducing seven specific, practical moves into their classrooms that replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces. To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently.

What parents should ask teachers about technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Not surprisingly, it takes a lot more than a room full of computers, iPads, and apps to turn “tech ed” from marketing to mainstream. For parents, where schools fall on that continuum — mostly marketing hype or taking the necessary steps to integrate tech — is critical. When you start at a new school (or classroom, or teacher), it’s important to understand the part technology will take to improve educational experiences for your child.

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Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. Fostering engagement — knowing your students, knowing how to make the material sing to them — is where the art of teaching is on full display, says author Katie Novak in UDL Now! ,

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The Carrot and The Stick: Are American Schools Actually Teaching Us?

Fractus Learning

When I was seven-years-old we moved from the United States to Switzerland because of my father’s job. The houses and the trams were like nothing I had ever seen, and people spoke so many different languages all around me I was too intimidated to speak to anyone. That turned out to be the problem, everyone spoke English, while I spoke American. for university is how the school system had made me highly prepared to take on higher education.

A Culture Of Inquiry Through A Forward-Leaning Curriculum

TeachThought - Learn better.

How To Create A Forward-Leaning Curriculum . To learn more about professional development around these ideas, contact us. It’s a cliché to say that change comes too rapidly now for us to keep up, but clichés exist for one good reason: They’re often true. How do we develop a system of learning at a time when everything we know about learning is in flux? The current arguments over the Common Core State Standards underscore our confusion.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. I would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking.

Can testing save arts education?

The Hechinger Report

to compare artwork created by their students for tests and to try to find common ground in scoring it. It sounded like an ordinary assignment for a visual arts class: Teacher Karen Ladd asked her freshmen at Sanborn Regional High School to research an artist, create a piece of art inspired by the artist’s work and then write a reflection about the experience. Related: What the country can learn from Boston about bringing the arts back to public schools.

3 LMS adoptions that go way beyond the basics

eSchool News

Learning management systems originally got their start in higher education, serving as central hub for college students to drop in assignments, check grades, and contact their professors. Needless to say it caught on with universities—and eventually school districts. Any time schools get a new software program, they tend to pick off the low hanging fruit—i.e. Here’s what these institutions are doing and how it’s working for them. So she decided to build her own system.

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The Making of ST Math's New Line Plot Games

MIND Research Institute

For one thing, stats activities often take a long time to do. How can we best utilize the amount of time teachers and students have in the classroom for interactive stats activities? As a game designer at MIND Research Institute, I was excited to answer this question. I have spent the past year applying game mechanics to statistics in a way that ensures students could build line plots and receive informative feedback much faster than in a traditional classroom activity.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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2016 Global Education Conference Starts Sunday - Important Information!

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The GEC features thought leaders from the world of education and beyond, is completely free to attend, and all events take place online in webinar format. We invite you to join the 24,000 GEC community members (from 170+ countries) and actively participate in more than 100 sessions focused on international education topics. Thanks to the GEC Sponsors Social Media Amazing List of Currently Scheduled Sessions! Anyone can apply to be a member of the Outreach and Advisory Board.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The Department of Education has released its newly proposed guidelines for school accountability. The changes are due to the replacement of one education acronym (NCLB) with another ( ESSA ). “Dean Dad” Matt Reed responds to Senator Alexander’s proposal to limit student loans. ” “ The Left’s drive to push conservatives out of education reform ” by The Fordham Institute’s Robert Pondiscio. Education Politics.


Hack Education Weekly News

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” Republicans are made because the Department of Education issued guidelines about how ESSA should be implemented. Dan Patrick (R) told reporters on Tuesday that he is sending letters to every superintendent in the state advising them not to follow the Obama administration's recently issued guidance on transgender students.” ” Via Education Week : “ Cursive writing could be returning to Louisiana ’s public school classrooms.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“High school students will be allowed to carry mace in the 2016–2017 school year after the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education agreed to remove prohibitive language and amend its policy,” the Salisbury Post reports. ” And the state of North Carolina sues the feds in response: “ North Carolina’s Suit to Keep Federal Funding After HB2.” ” Via Chalkbeat : “They rejected multi-state Common Core exams.