New: 2 July Workshops – Aligning Lessons & Instruction to ELA CCSS for K-2 and 3-5

ROE #41 would like to announce 2 new July workshops:

Aligning Lessons & Instruction to ELA CCSS (K-2)

Who: Grades K-2 Teachers and Administrators
When: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Where: Illinois Heartland Library System, 6725 Goshen Road, Edwardsville, IL
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Madison Co. PD Co-op – no charge (lunch is on your own); All others – $100 (lunch is on your own)
CPDUs: 6
Presenter: Kim Henke, District Reading Director (Triad)
This workshop is designed to support K-2 teachers who want to take the next steps in aligning their lessons and instruction to the Common Core.
Download the flyer HERE

Aligning Lessons & Instruction to ELA CCSS (3-5)

Who: Grade 3-5 Teachers and Administrators
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Where: Illinois Heartland Library System, 6725 Goshen Road, Edwardsville, IL
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Madison Co. PD Co-op – no charge (lunch is on your own); All others – $100 (lunch is on your own)
CPDUs: 6
Presenter: Kim Henke, District Reading Director (Triad)
This workshop is designed to support 3-5 teachers who want to take the next steps in aligning their lessons and instruction to the Common Core.
Download the flyer HERE

These forms area also available at our website HERE.

Education Week: Schools Test-Drive Common Core

Schools across the country are learning vital lessons in pilot tests of online assessments for the common standards

More than a million students across the country have traded their No. 2 pencils, test booklets, and bubble sheets for computing devices to participate in a pilot of math and English/language arts online assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards.

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Learning Unlimited Blog: No Tears for Tiers – The CCSS Tiered Vocabulary Made Simple

The Common Core State Standards place an importance on academic vocabulary. In addition to developing an advanced vocabulary, the CCSS calls for increasing the amount of nonfiction and informational text in classrooms. We know that vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. And, vocabulary plays an even more important role in understanding nonfiction and informational text. It has been estimated that 80% of comprehension in nonfiction is dependent upon understanding the vocabulary.

In Appendix A of the Standards, the framework of Tiered Vocabulary by Isabel Beck is summarized. To many educators, the idea of tiered vocabulary is rather new.

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Wisconsin State Journal: Budget committee puts halt to Common Core standards

The Legislature’s budget committee Wednesday voted to require a review of the state’s new math and reading standards and to halt implementation of national science and social studies standards.

But it also voted to require all high school juniors to take the ACT college preparatory exam loosely tied to the standards.

In a 13-3 vote, the committee approved a budget amendment by Rep. Dean Knudson, R-Hudson, to have the Department of Public Instruction, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau and a Legislative Study Council review how the Common Core State Standards compare to Wisconsin’s standards and how much implementation will cost.

Education Week Blog: Common-Core Online Practice Tests Unveiled

Common-Core Online Practice Tests Unveiled

Students, parents, and teachers who are anxious or merely curious about the coming online assessments matched to the Common Core State Standards will now have the opportunity to go through a test run of sorts.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two major coalitions of states designing the tests, has released sets of online sample test questions for grades 3-8 and 11 in both English language arts and math, the first two subjects to be tested. The common-core tests will be delivered online in participating states during the 2014-15 academic year.

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Education Week: District Leaders Urge More Time to Implement Common Core Standards

Four organizations representing school district leaders today called for “adequate” time to manage the tricky transition to the Common Core State Standards and tests.

“Adequate” isn’t defined in the joint statement, however.

“We must make adequate time for a thoughtful conversation about how assessments can be used to provide instructionally useful information to schools in a timely manner,” say the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National School Boards Association.

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CTQ: Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom [ACTIVITY]

Bill Ferriter on Monday, 05/20/2013 writes:

I don’t have a ton of time to write today — I’ve spent the past week teaching and learning alongside of some really progressive thinkers in Australia — so I figured I’d share a few handouts that I’ve been using in class this year to teach nonfiction reading skills in my sixth grade science classroom.

Each lesson is tied directly to a standard in the Common Core Literacy in History, Science and Technical Subjects curriculum — and each lesson is designed to be used in tandem with a current event connected to the concepts that our students study.  If you like the lessons, all you’ll need to do is find a current event to teach them with!

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