Finding Time for Collaborative Planning

In Igniting the Learning Engine: How school systems accelerate teacher effectiveness and student growth through Connected Professional Learning (which we blogged about here: http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/igniting-learning-engine/), authors profiled four school systems that, with an intensive focus on improving the quality of instruction through professional learning, have seen above-average results with a relatively high-need student population. Making the Read more about Finding Time for Collaborative Planning[…]

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New Archive of Free Common-Core Materials

The materials on EngageNY, the online library of common-core-aligned curricula hosted by New York state’s education department, have now been downloaded more than 45 million times, far surpassing many people’s expectations for the free resource created just five years ago. But with the website’s federal funding source having all but dried up, a new group Read more about New Archive of Free Common-Core Materials[…]

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Through a Student’s Eyes

      Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days  and was amazed at what she found. Her report  appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of  Understanding by Design and the author of Educative Assessment. Alexis Wiggins’ article is excerpted Read more about Through a Student’s Eyes[…]

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150th Set of Common Core-Aligned Materials from EQuIP Panel

The availability of high-quality and aligned instructional materials is central to successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Achieve is proud to make publicly available the 150th set of instructional materials found to be of high quality and aligned to the CCSS by the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Peer Read more about 150th Set of Common Core-Aligned Materials from EQuIP Panel[…]

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NEA and BetterLesson team up for major new CCSS Resource

The National Education Association recently posted online 3,000 lessons, representing the work of more than 100 “master teachers” who translated the Common Core math and language arts standards into classroom activities for every grade. The instructors share classroom videos, samples of student work and candid evaluations of resources they’ve tested. The project, a joint venture Read more about NEA and BetterLesson team up for major new CCSS Resource[…]

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Learning Registry

A new website, Learning Registry, which is an update to http://free.ed.gov, is an improved site for educators to find free digital learning materials. While still in its beta stage, Learning Registry offers promise as a much more organized, comprehensive, and inclusive education resource collaboration website. While there has been a proliferation of websites over recent Read more about Learning Registry[…]

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Could school districts own their students’ work?

Last year, we posted about the emerging issue of whether or not teachers should be allowed to sell their lessons plans for a profit (http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/should-teachers-be-allowed-to-sell-their-lesson-plans/). More recently, this issue has cropped up in the greater Washington DC area. Prince George’s County Public Schools has recently tabled a proposal designed to gain ownership of all material Read more about Could school districts own their students’ work?[…]

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Should Teachers Be Allowed to Sell Their Lesson Plans?

Last week Andrew Rotherham from Time magazine wrote about whether teachers should be able to sell their lesson plans. He talks about kindergarten teacher Deanna Jump, who has made more than one million dollars selling her lesson plans online. That is what teachers are looking for, since the new Common Core standards are in effect; textbooks Read more about Should Teachers Be Allowed to Sell Their Lesson Plans?[…]

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