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  • Understanding Common Core Texts: 10 Questions for Students

    By: Katie Becker | December, 2013 | 3,692 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Common Core State Standards

    You are What you Read

    As most know by now, the Common Core has put an emphasis on reading nonfiction texts– but why is this? In a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, students were reading less than 4 minutes of nonfiction per day, compared to about 25 minutes of fiction. While it’s great that students are reading, researchers are now seeing that it’s not only how much they read, but also what they are reading that counts.
    More specifically, students need to be reading and comprehending more informational texts as …

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  • Shift to the Common Core: How it will Change the Classroom

    By: Diane Weaver | July, 2013 | 6,597 views | 3 Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    With most change in my life, I want to know the outcome before it actually happens. I may ask, “What will be affected by this?” or “Will this change result in something positive, or something negative?” I have found that uncovering answers to questions such as these helps to ease any doubts.
    The shift to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is certainly one of the most talked about changes in education right now. Like my own experience with change, the CCSS has caused many education leaders to ponder on the …

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  • The Common Core: How it will Help Students

    By: Diane Weaver | June, 2013 | 4,355 views | No Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    It’s no secret that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a hot topic right now. It seems the common question is: will they hurt or help education?
    Recently, the NEA Today summoned a panel of educators from around the United States to have them weigh in on the CCSS, and whether or not they will benefit education. Overall, the panel was in agreement that the Standards will ultimately be a good thing for both teachers and students.
    Gathered from their responses, here are the six reasons how the Common Core will …

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  • Pinterest Roundup: Four Common Core Resources

    By: Diane Weaver | February, 2013 | 2,176 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Common Core State Standards

    The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) indicates a massive movement towards a more comprehensive valuation of students throughout the United States. In fact, as it stands now, more than 40 states have adopted the CCSS.
    Although these Standards have been adopted at the state level, educators also need to implement them on a personal and classroom level as well; this is where meaningful adoption occurs! To do this, my advice would be to frequently exercise in CCSS professional development and to apply it in practice.
    To make your PD …

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  • Five EdTech Tools that Support the Common Core

    By: Aaron Morrison | November, 2012 | 3,788 views | No Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards, Technology in the Classroom

    The Common Core State Standards are in place to help students become confident in solving real world problems, strengthen their ability to grasp ideas, understand other perspectives and cultures– just to name a few. But did you know that the Common Core State Standards also seek to advance students’ technology and digital media skills?

    In this day and age, it’s critical for students to practice using applicable technology so that they can prepare for life beyond high school. In fact, the Common Core states, “Just as media and technology are integrated …

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  • Success at the Summit

    By: Aaron Morrison | November, 2011 | 1,902 views | 3 Comments | Posted in: Uncategorized

    Customers were excited to participate in the Core Tools for Student Success summit held in Farmington, CT., October 25-27th. The annual summit series focuses on a specific theme and is designed for both PowerSchool System Administrators and Curriculum specialists. This year’s theme was specific to the new Common Core standards.
    While attending the summit in Connecticut, customers learned how to use ReportWorks to build standards-based report cards and how to use the new Standards Visualizer tool in PowerSchool. They also took some time out to discuss key issues around standards-based grading …

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  • Common Core Virtual Conference Recap

    By: Aaron Morrison | March, 2011 | 7,659 views | No Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    The Common Core Virtual Conference drew to a close last Friday. The conference was packed with expert information, insight, and goals. Having listened to every session, I’ve personally felt a renewed sense of hope concerning standards and global competiveness.
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative aims to tackle serious problems within our nation’s educational system. The Common Core Standards are important for two reasons:

    After listening to our experts during the Common Core Virtual Conference, it is abundantly clear that changes need to be made in education; and the Common …

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  • Common Core Virtual Conference

    By: Aaron Morrison | February, 2011 | 1,906 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    This summer, many high school graduates will pick up their belongings and move away from home.  Some of these graduates will move across town, while others will move to a neighboring state or across the country – taking their first steps towards adulthood.  They’ll move on to obtain a higher education or they will enter the hustle and bustle of the workplace – sometimes both.
    What are we doing to ensure these young men and women have received the same educational foundation?
    Today, each state has its own set of educational standards.  …

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  • Common Core State Standards Initiative

    By: Aaron Morrison | October, 2010 | 349,914 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    Over the past couple months, many recent high school graduates picked up their belongings and moved away from home. Some of these graduates moved across town, while others moved to a neighboring state or across the country. These young men and young women are taking their first step towards adulthood. They’ve either moved on to obtain a higher education or they have entered the hustle and bustle of the workplace – sometimes both.

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