Practice What You Teach: Connecting Curriculum and Professional Learning in Schools

A new report by Ross Wiener and Susan Pimentel of the Aspen Institute makes the case for integrating curriculum into professional learning so teachers can focus on creating engaging learning environments, responding to the needs of their students, and continuously improving their craft. Practice What You Teach: Connecting Curriculum and Professional Learning in Schools  highlights Read more about Practice What You Teach: Connecting Curriculum and Professional Learning in Schools[…]

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Accountability, College & Career Readiness: Is This the Best We Can Do?

In Education Week’s Top Performer’s blog, Marc Tuker recently reflected on the gap between typical American practice and global best practice when it comes to college and career readiness. Below are excerpts from the post: In top-performing education systems, qualifications systems are designed so that at the end of each stage of a student’s progression Read more about Accountability, College & Career Readiness: Is This the Best We Can Do?[…]

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The Visual Edge

Recently, Emily Leibtag of Getting Smart reviewed a new book by Sargy Letuchy, a high school educator from Chicago. The Visual Edge: Graphic Organizers For Standards Based Learning is a compilation of innovative visual instructional tools designed for each Common Core standard, grades 6-12 in the following areas: Reading and Informational Text Reading Literature Text Read more about The Visual Edge[…]

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ESSA’s Well-Rounded Education

With the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states will now have greater control and increased opportunities when developing plans that are customized and targeted to address the needs of their students. As ESSA includes expanded guidelines and objectives that are new from what many states are familiar with as part of previous Read more about ESSA’s Well-Rounded Education[…]

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Do Randomized Controlled Trials Meet the ‘Gold Standard’?

The What Works Clearinghouse, which identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of intervention effectiveness, gives its highest rating of confidence only to randomized controlled trials (RCTs). But is an RCT the best way to provide useful information to consumers about complex interventions like curricula? In this American Enterprise Institute report, Alan Ginsburg and Read more about Do Randomized Controlled Trials Meet the ‘Gold Standard’?[…]

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When Students Create their own Curriculum: The Big Picture Learning Model

Dozens of schools around the U.S. are opting to ditch the traditional school structure altogether to motivate teens in new ways–and it seems to be working. They are using the Big Picture Learning model. Big Picture’s model is now used in more than 60 schools across the U.S. In Vermont, it’s also a precursor to a Read more about When Students Create their own Curriculum: The Big Picture Learning Model[…]

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N.Y. ‘Open’ Education Effort Draws Users Nationwide

As more and more states have adopted Common Core in recent years, teachers have needed aligned materials and curriculum. Many schools and districts have evaluated traditional privately-created curriculum which claim to align with Common Core and have not liked what they found. As a result, some schools and districts are turning to options such as Read more about N.Y. ‘Open’ Education Effort Draws Users Nationwide[…]

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Who Owns Teacher-Created Content?

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), in partnership with Creative Commons U.S., recently released a policy brief for state and district education leaders focused on strategies for equipping educators to effectively and legally navigate the use of digital content. The brief, Clarifying Ownership of Teacher-Created Digital Content Empowers Educators to Personalize Education, Address Individual Read more about Who Owns Teacher-Created Content?[…]

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Wyoming Blocks new Science Standards

Lawmakers in the state of Wyoming recently became the first lawmakers in the country to block the education department of its state from implementing the new Next Generation Science Standards. This blog has written multiple pieces about the gradual adoption of NGSS, which 9 states and DC have already adopted. Before diving into the issue Read more about Wyoming Blocks new Science Standards[…]

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Join LearnZillion’s 2014 Dream Team

LearnZillion.com offers a free and growing set of Math and English Language resources for grades 2-12 that have been developed by expert teachers (a.k.a, the “Dream Team”). The Premium product is a participatory curriculum used by schools, districts and states to build teacher leaders and accelerate the successful implementation of the Common Core. LearnZillion is Read more about Join LearnZillion’s 2014 Dream Team[…]

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Climate Change: Rigorous Curriculum for All

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education examines how implementing rigorous and engaging curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards fosters positive school climates in which students are motivated to succeed, achievement gaps narrow, and learning and outcomes improve. The report, Climate Change: Providing Equitable Access to a Rigorous and Engaging Curriculum, includes Read more about Climate Change: Rigorous Curriculum for All[…]

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Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments

As forty-six states and the District of Columbia implement the Common Core State standards, questions abound regarding implementation, including the implications for curriculum and pedagogy. In Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments, researchers analyze what texts English teachers assign their students and the instructional techniques they used in the classroom. Read more about Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments[…]

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The Path to Protecting Humanities and Social Sciences

A new report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and spearheaded by a list of who’s who in humanities, social science, and the arts, recommends that the nation take 12 key steps to ensure that humanities and social sciences maintain an important place in American classrooms. “The Heart of the Matter,” issued recently Read more about The Path to Protecting Humanities and Social Sciences[…]

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Resources to Support Common Core Implementation

The Common Core State Standards have been accepted by 46 states and the District of Columbia and are scheduled for full implementation in the 2014-15 school year. They are already being piloted in multiple locations, which this blog has written about previously.  Teachers have also recently spoken up in several surveys and have described their Read more about Resources to Support Common Core Implementation[…]

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Impacting the Future: Implementing the Common Core

The new Common Core Standards for math and language arts are scheduled to be rolled out in the 2014-2015 school year, and 44 states plus the District of Columbia are starting to shape how the Common Core will play out in their education systems.  Teacher preparation programs, professional development, and instruction/instructional materials all need to Read more about Impacting the Future: Implementing the Common Core[…]

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