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March 13, 2014
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New approaches in supporting struggling readers

In his work, Understanding Common Core State Standards, John Kendall cautions that under Common Core “it’s likely that [we] will have something new to learn and something to unlearn” (Kendall, 2011, page 43). This idea applies in the area of […]
March 27, 2014
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Amid the CCSS “shifts,” let’s not lose sight of independent reading practice

Earlier this month, our Chief Academic Officer Gene Kerns wrote about text complexity and the Common Core State Standards. His comments remind us that even with all the attention on the “shifts” demanded by new standards, we should not overlook […]
April 3, 2014
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“Going deep” to meet math standards

With Common Core, like any other complex initiative, we have to first take in the larger, straight-forward ideas before ever considering some of the nuances. Now that most states are years into work with the initiative, some more nuanced discussions […]
April 23, 2014
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The power of formative assessment

Change is sweeping K-12 assessment. Many teachers are evaluated against summative test outcomes. Students are expected to step up to the higher bar of Common Core and state standards. Districts are taking ownership of assessment tools, striving to scaffold teacher […]

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