Picture books, say English language arts experts, provide excellent opportunities to teach higher-level skills while still providing an engaging experience for older students who might think they don’t like to read.
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.
The very language of the Common Core State Standards calls for librarians’ key skills: research; equipping students to access, evaluate, and synthesize information; and strengthening literacy. Paige Jaeger, a coordinator of school library services in Saratoga Springs, NY argues that librarians can build a strong case for a seventh shift in the CCSS: research.
“Pathways to the Common Core” offers solutions and directions for teachers looking for a way to understand and implement the Common Core State Standards into their lesson plans.