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October 23, 2014

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‘Text Sets’ Slated to Help School Librarians Advance College Readiness

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With reading skills being tested as criteria of college readiness, school librarians are primed to support these skills by building text sets—or units of instruction—according to the nonprofit Student Achievement Partners.

Supporting Common Core Standards with Audiobooks| Listen In

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Many of the standards from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading were well supported by selected audiobooks.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Newsela Free Summer Reading Challenge

For those many kids who choose not to read books, for those kids who are news junkies, for those kids who choose to focus on nonfiction, for those kids who read everything anyway, and for those kids who are motivated by regular, tangible rewards, Newsela’s Free Summer Reading Challenge may be just the thing to [...]

Higher Ed Administrators Seek To Stem States’ Rush Away From Common Core

Higher Ed Administrators Seek To Stem States’ Rush Away From Common Core

The Common Core is set to change the way that K-12 education is administered across the U.S. Or at least it was, until a backlash from educators and politicians put the new set of education standards on hold in some states and rolled them back entirely in others. Now higher education officials, who had previously been largely absent from the debate, are speaking up in favor of the standards.

Win for New York Teachers Unions: New York Delays Common Core Weighing in on Teacher Evaluations

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On June 19, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that will allow teachers who have been low-ranked to have their evaluations recalculated without using Common Core test results for 2014-2015.

What We Learned | Crafting Standards-Based Lessons

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Crafting standards-based lessons has taught our ‘Curriculum Connections’ columnists a thing or two. They share their insights in this article.

South Carolina and Oklahoma Ditch Common Core

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South Carolina recently joined Indiana and Oklahoma as one of the three states that adopted Common Core State Standards—only to repeal them.

Brooklyn Teachers for English Language Learners Protest Against Common Core

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At the International High School in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights (IHSPH), 95 percent of its students are classified as English Language Learners. On May 1, IHSPH teachers protested on the school’s steps to announce that 30 teachers and staff at IHSPH have refused to administer the Common Core’s English Language Arts Performance Assessment exam to their students.

P.S. Evolution is real

P.S. Evolution is real

So the Rialto, CA, school district has decided that maybe it’s NOT a good idea to have eighth-graders debate the existence of the Holocaust. I’m of two minds (Opposing Viewpoints: In My Head). While I see the chance for much mischief in such an assignment and believe middle school is too early  for the kind […]

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OpenEd: an umbrella OER search and LMS

OpenEd: an umbrella OER search and LMS

OpenEd, a free, open source site now boasts more than a million Common Core videos, games, assessments and sources.

Core values

Core values

Narrative nonfiction is on the lesson plan in Lolly’s Classroom today. Is anyone else worried that the CCSS demand for more nonfiction reading does not seem to be translating into more nonfiction publishing? I have the feeling that publishers are mostly sitting this one out. (As well they might, now that no one seems to […]

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Common Core Flip-Flop: Governor Cuomo Changes Mind About Using Common Core Test Results For Teacher Evaluations

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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.

‘More Truth-y than Truthful’: Stephen Colbert Rips Into Common Core—and Melinda Gates Tweets Back

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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.

No More Due Process for Kansas Teachers?

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House Bill 2506 is a school finance bill that was narrowly passed by the Kansas state legislature late on April 6, allowing teachers to be terminated without due process. Whether Kansas Governor Brownback will sign the measure remains to be seen.

American History Comes Alive | Series Made Simple

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These fresh, original takes on American History include firsthand historical accounts, looks at military conflict, exploration of our government, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Gynzy, handy beyond the whiteboard (and a list of other goodies)

Gynzy, handy beyond the whiteboard (and a list of other goodies)

My very dear friend, Eileen Welsh teaches kindergarten. This morning I asked her, “What’s the most effective teaching tool you’ve discovered for your little ones?” Without hesitation she answered Gynzy. Eileen shared: When it is time to create collaborative groups or partners in my Kindergarten classroom,  I no longer use the “popsicle stick” method to [...]

Highlighting Boyds Mills Press Spring 2014 | Preview Peek

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Boyds Mill Press, a division of Highlights, showcased their Spring 2014 nonfiction offerings for young readers at a librarian preview event at the recent Midwinter Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA earlier this year.

Strong Women, Strong Stories: Audiobooks for Women’s History Month | Listen In

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In preparation for the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, check out these audiobooks highlighting the accomplishments of women who made strides in music, politics, science, literature, and beyond.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound

New YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound

In the wake of the high profile announcements of the Youth Media Awards, another elegant list emerged a little more quietly. Every five years, a YALSA committee comprised of public, secondary, and academic librarians, selects titles for independent teen reading and lifelong learning in its Outstanding Books for the College Bound. The list includes fiction, nonfiction [...]

Meet the Parents: Critical for Implementing the Common Core | Editorial

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In the initial rollout of the new standards, outreach to parents has been all too scattershot and, in many cases, much too late—in reaction to test results. It could take the pilot states years to recover from this misstep.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.