A selection of books to help kids navigate the social and emotional ups and downs of school yard and neighborhood play. With humor and visual storytelling, these books reinforce the importance of patience, following rules, and cooperation when dealing with one’s peers.
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Common Core Flip-Flop: Governor Cuomo Changes Mind About Using Common Core Test Results For Teacher Evaluations
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said “change is scary,” but New York State Governor Cuomo, once a staunch supporter of rigorous teacher evaluations based on student testing, has changed his position on teachers evaluations based on Common Core testing following protests and pushback.
On April 8, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert ripped into the Common Core State Standards. Melinda Gates, one of Common Core’s biggest proponents, tweeted back her response.
The number and variety of books published about Abraham Lincoln provide teachers with an opportunity to explore the structural devices used in texts as they consider the man and his legacy from a range of perspectives.
Instead of squabbling over elements of Common Core we need to look at what the standards offer: a ladder. We must break through the blur of the immediate…to what [young people] need to know, to the skills and tools that will allow them to know, and the assurance that they have a right to know.
Join these educators as they brainstorm the curricular possibilities and connections between earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate tectonics in a standards-based lesson.
From heat waves to hurricanes, recent events have ignited curiosity about our ever-changing weather. Share these titles with students to fuel their interest in a timely topic and support curriculum standards in earth systems science.
The College Board announced sweeping changes to the SAT test that will align the exam more closely with what students learn in the classroom and more accurately reflect their future performance in college.
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) place considerable emphasis on genre. In this presentation, Nell K. Duke, co-author of Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K to 8 Classrooms, will explain how the CCSS address genre in the reading and writing standards. She will share examples of projects that engage students in authentic reading and writing specific genres highlighted in the CCSS, and describe the ways in which school librarians can provide impetus and support for these kinds of projects.
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Lately, everything we hear about the Common Core State Standards is gloom and doom. Marc Aronson brings us the latest good news.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Four years after the first Common Core State Standards (CCSS) arrived in pilot states, educators are still grappling to understand them, assemble appropriate materials, and adjust curriculum and teaching methodologies. During this free webcast we will take a look at the current state of the Common Core, hear from experts in the field on issues surrounding implementation, and explore publishers’ responses to the CCSS. Archive is now available!
Tuesday, May 1st, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Educators have witnessed the power of children’s and young adult literature to engage students, inspire deep content exploration, differentiate instruction, and understand the potential of multimodal texts to transform classrooms. In this webcast, Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Dawes, co-authors of Teaching with Text Sets, will take educators on a nuanced tour of the role of multimodal, multigenre text sets in the classroom. An overview of text sets and a discussion of the presenters’ process for creating them will offer attendees instructional models to serve as blueprints for curriculum building. Register Now!
Tuesday, May 8th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET For the past year and a half, author and Rutgers University lecturer Marc Aronson, and Sue Bartle, the school library system director at New York’s Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, have been traversing the country presenting workshops on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for teachers and librarians. In this session, they will report on what they have been seeing and hearing on their travels with a focus on the successes, both small and large, that educators have made in implementing the CCSS. They will provide listeners with a collection of ideas and resources to use in the classroom. Register Now!
A compilation of recommended titles that work well as vehicles for book discussion. The books cover a variety of tough life issues and offer even reluctant readers a chance to discuss characters and their motivations, make connections to plot and setting, and craft some sophisticated arguments and analysis
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If you’re a licensed K-12 teacher employed in a public or private school looking for a way to improve your classroom instruction (yes, libraries are classrooms!), consider applying for a development grant from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET/12:00 – 1:00 PM PT Join us for our Nonfiction Webcast to be sure you have the latest releases ready for your readers. Our featured panelists from Gale (part of Cengage Learning), Scholastic Library Publishing and ReferencePoint Press will discuss the trends in nonfiction, hot new releases, and upcoming titles. Archive is now available!
Have you used a tape measure or a ruler lately? Figured out what coins to give a cashier? If you have, then you know how important measurement is in your daily life. This lesson plan provides a look at how children’s literature can support young children as they learn about standard measurement.
School library consultant Jennifer Maurer of the Oregon State Library tapped these resources for its public libraries—targeted at critical partners in children’s education: their parents.
While offering educators tried-and-true resources that respond to the CCSS mandate for “content-rich nonfiction that builds knowledge,” the ambitious Student Achievement Partners (SAP) also opens a door to collaboration.