Observing the Common Core Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across the country are grappling with the Common Core Standards and the significant changes that have come with them. How do administrators tasked with observing teachers know what they are looking for in a Common Core classroom?

What are your favorite Common Core resources?


I first started using the Common Core App by Mastery Connect. Later, I found out that there was so much more this company offered through their user-friendly website. Above, you can see a screenshot of the Common Core App.

Free Common Core Professional Development from @TenMarks


This movement was really very teacher driven, with wikis and google spaces and chats such as the New Teacher Chat popping up, followed by a number of educational companies entering the mix. In these trying economic times, we''ve seen many schools going through difficult budget issues.

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


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.

Interactive Math Practice with @IXLLearning that is Common Core Aligned!


Though I share many resources on my blog, I only honor long-standing partnerships with companies that I feel great about. I only endorse companies I firmly believe in for education.

Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

TeachThought - Learn better.

Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core. Ed note: Supporting “commonness” or standardization isn’t a part of our mission at TeachThought, but we are interested in giving equal voice to diverse voices across education.

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

Pearson CEO John Fallon recently met with a group of reporters at Education Week’ s offices and spoke about his company’s business strategies and record, and offered a defense against some of its detractors’ claims. We’re very confident that our products are aligned to the common core.

Common Core: Sound Education Practice or Bad Gamble?

The 21st Century Principal

Now that 45 states (and 3 territories) have adopted the Common Core Standards, edu-preneurs and opportunists have gone into overdrive, churning out tons of materials, programs, and trainings to help schools and school districts implement these standards. Not a day goes by that I don''t receive 15 or so emails from companies and individuals offering their wares and promising successful and complete implementation of the Common Core Standards.

How a blended program can change Common Core math

eSchool News

In the past few years, the Common Core has significantly altered the landscape in terms of mathematics education. The Common Core has also required more coherence in our curriculum. It also allows us to take a blended learning approach to our Common Core math instruction.

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.

How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

What we were doing was attached to the old standards, but the thinking and the logic was very Common Core, very focused on conceptual understanding,” said Johnstone. Related: Common Core tests will widen achievement gap — at first. Read more about Common Core.

5 questions I ask before buying into any “Common-Core aligned” product

The Cornerstone Blog

I can’t think of an education company out there that doesn’t purport to have CCSS-aligned products. And yet just last month, EdWeek reported that 17 out of 20 math series that claimed to be aligned to Common Core still fail to live up to their claims.

Great New Features from Mastery Connect


One of our favorite companies to work with at Kleinspiration has been Mastery Connect. We''ve featured the good folks with this award winning company several times on Kleinspiration, and are happy to share today some great upgrades that have recently been made available by the developer.

New Test Pitched As Alternative to Common Core-Focused High School Exams

Marketplace K-12

A new test is positioning itself as a non-common-core alternative to the SAT and ACT. has been making its way through the conservative blogosphere, which is pitching it as a tool for families who don’t want their children taking college admissions tests that reflect the Common Core State Standards. Families who home school or send their students to private schools, and those who live in states without the common core, are key audiences for Vector A.R.C.

Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies that I can support.

Congrats to @MasteryConnect for New Million Dollar Investments!


I wanted to shoot out a quick email letting my readers know about an exciting landmark for one of my favorite education companies, Mastery Connect. As stated before, I''ve been using Mastery Connect before the Common Core was '' popular.''

4 Reasons to Use Kids Discover Online for Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I support.

XplorLabs Fire Forensics: A Free STEM Module for Middle School Science

The CoolCatTeacher

As it has been noted, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), the creator of Xplorlabs, is a global safety science company. Common Core State Standards (See more on the Fire Forensics Site ). Assessment Chromebooks Common Core Education Game Based Learning How to Guides.

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5 Reasons I Use TenMarks in My Classroom:


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Back To School With @TenMarks, New and Improved


In addition to the core, a new-and-improved interface are sure to make going back to school a great experience for you and your students. The new and improved TenMarks is another great example of a company that is willing to go the extra mile and focus on continuous improvement.

From AOL Squatter to Start-Up Sensation: The Eric Simons Story & Claco Launch


This time, he mentioned that he started his company when he was 19 years old. I found out he had just graduated high school, moved to California, and received funding from Imagine K12 to continue working on a company he started, ClassConnect.

School by Design Spins Off From Amplify to Form Independent Company

Marketplace K-12

The educational technology company Amplify is spinning off a service known as School by Design into a new, separate business that will provide schools with data and technical assistance focused on financial and instructional strategy. School by Design will become its own commercial company and will be led by an Amazon Education executive, Andrew Joseph, who is leaving that post to work with the newly independent business.

Collaborate on Stories and Publish Student Work with BoomWriter!


The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. BoomWriter allows kids to publish books together!

How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself


The privately-held education company used to focus on making print instructional materials for K-12 schools. Today, there are six million current active users on i-Ready, the company’s flagship digital product. based company, to learn more about that reinvention, and the lessons he’s learned in the process. How did you transition from a traditional company focused on providing workbooks to an edtech company? The company] has continued to grow.

Happy Connected Educator Month


Two days later, we all joined each other''s company in a Google Hangout to continue the conversation. I recently participated in their day of learning focused on the Common Core. On August 17, I will be their Spotlight Presenter doing several sessions on the Common Core.

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers


But what does it mean for a company to personalize its support for the teachers who use its product? School leader, Jordan Silvestri and Kiddom representative, Melissa Giroux, describe what it takes for an edtech company to deliver the kind of personalized experience to its customers that teachers give to their students. Companies, too, need to build that kind of inquiry into every step of their work with educators. Education is awash with efforts to personalize learning.

Educational Technology Support


I get a lot of email requests from companies wanting to sponsor this site; however, I only accept those who I think my readers would benefit from and enjoy. Teach the Common Core with Mastery Connect ! Mastery Connect : Teaching the Common Core just got a whole lot easier!

What U.S. Companies Should Know About Asia's Edtech Market


After a summer of market research and competitor analysis, the company eventually signed off on a collaboration with a Chinese partner, TAL Education. company that has eyed Asia as the next big market. But their story is not a blueprint that will make sense for every company. Between the drastic variations in business culture, social norms and day-to-day education affairs, there are a lot of differences companies should know about (along with a few similarities).

Pearson Loses Out on N.Y. Testing Contract to Questar

Marketplace K-12

a Minnesota-based company, has won a $44 million contract to handle grade 3-8 testing in New York state. Assessment Common Core Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning Pearson Procurement assessment commoncore technology testingQuestar Assessment Inc.,

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech


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New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters


Founding a company based on research results. The idea behind my company, Legends of Learning , was that a unique approach to game based learning—short, simple edgames specially built and aligned to curriculum standards—would engage and teach students more effectively. Typically, companies are started, a product is built, there are sales, and then, after a few years, a small study bolsters marketing claims.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Betting on Better Days Ahead, With State Adoptions

Marketplace K-12

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's financial results were mixed for the third quarter, as the company expects a big curriculum adoption cycle to boost its performance in 2019. Marketplace K-12 Business Strategy Common Core State Standards Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Investment / Venture CapitalThe post Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Betting on Better Days Ahead, With State Adoptions appeared first on Market Brief.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SEL Assessment But Were Afraid to Ask


Alongside this, a growing number of companies, including my own , are developing and marketing tech-based methods of assessing SEL. Common purposes include formative assessment, program evaluation, progress monitoring, summative assessment, diagnosis, screening, continuous improvement and high-stakes accountability. Education Technology Assessments Technology in School Data and Research Assessment Driven Curriculum Common Core State Standards

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL


This was a common refrain in advisory class. Kiddom is just a one education technology company. Teachers need more education technology companies thoughtfully creating and providing SEL content and services. Education Technology 21st Century Skills Technology in School STEM Education Personalized Learning Common Core State Standards“Mister, why do we have to do this? I’d honestly rather work on math right now. Or anything else.”

Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data


Big vendors are big companies. Education Technology Big Data Research EdTech Lexicon Assessment Driven Curriculum Common Core State Standards Data and ResearchAs a young student in Germany, Philip Heimes recalls feeling “invisible” to his teachers. One of many in a classroom packed with students, his learning struggles often went unnoticed. He muddled through with low grades and the assumption that learning was wearisome and trying. “I

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New Curriculum Associates Website Weaves Customer Narrative into Product and Company Story


September 10, 2018—success stories from educators, administrators, and most importantly, students, which bring the company’s tools and service offerings to life. In its design, we put educators and students first in sharing how our company and tools support teaching and impact learning.”

May this Gobstopper (Now Called Curriculet) be Ever Lasting!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

UPDATE AS OF 1/15/14: The company Gobstopper has changed its name to Curriculet, but this update hasn''t changed how I use Curriculet with my students. The stories and information in the below post still hold true despite the change in company name.