Read and Write Regularly and Purposefully: Part 3/4 of the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

Read and Write Regularly and Purposefully: Part 3/4 of the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Literacy InstructionHaving established that argument is a big deal and worth much of our time and energy as teachers and students, let’s spend some time examining reading and writing today.

I am always tweaking the non-freaked out approach (as you’ll see by comparing this post’s diagram with that of my last post on Corwin Connect) because I want it to be as clear and user-friendly as possible. And so it is that I’ve…

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What Happens After The Achievement Gap?

What Happens After The Achievement Gap?

Contributed by Kendra Johnson and Lisa Williams

Achievement GapIn public education the achievement gap lives with us. Whether or not individuals within the enterprise accept the challenge of eliminating achievement gaps as a personal imperative, its presence remains a haunting mirror systemically. Seemingly, our concern with its stain accompanies students until graduation. However, we believe the question we…

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5 Must-Have Resources for Back to School

5 Must-Have Resources for Back to School

Back to School

You’re probably going back to school soon, if you haven’t already. Be sure to check out these great resources recommended by some of Corwin’s staff! Use discount code N148B7 at check out.

  1. Student VoiceStudent Voice by Russ Quaglia and Mickey Corso

Sure, you may be listening to the parents and community and other stakeholders—which is great—but are you listening to the ones who have the biggest stake in…

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The Power of Branding

The Power of Branding

Contributed by Tony Sinanis and Joe Sanfelippo

In a time when discussions about education are dominated by standards, high-stakes testing, increased budget cuts, and educator evaluation systems, we believe the time has come for educators to refocus the lens on what matters most—students and learning!

How can we accomplish this goal? We must tell our collective stories so that we can flatten…

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8 Education Books for the Digital Age: Corwin Connected Educators Series

8 Education Books for the Digital Age: Corwin Connected Educators Series

Contributed by Mark Barnes

This post was originally published on Brilliant or Insane.

via: Corwin.com/connectededucators

via: Corwin.com/connectededucators

Ask any of the thousands of teachers who regularly use Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook about connected education, and you may get an earful about using digital tools as a means to connect with educators and students worldwide.

But if you ask teachers who have never used a…

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How to Close the Achievement Gap

How to Close the Achievement Gap

Thoughts on the session by Harry and Rosemary Wong at the 2nd International Visible Learning Conference in Carlsbad, CA.

achievement gap

How to Close the Achievement Gap

Contributed by Kimberly Huesing, Director of Elementary Education, Carlsbad Unified School District

While I was not scheduled to attend this session, I switched with a colleague because I just had to see the Wongs in person. I am sure the book,

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Fish Out of Water: What Happens To People Who Don’t Fit In?

Fish Out of Water: What Happens To People Who Don’t Fit In?

Contributed by Kikanza Nuri-Robins

There are three reasons for working to create a diverse and inclusive organizational climate. Diversity within means, for instance, translates into better customer service. If the people within the organization are familiar with groups that are different from them, they will be more understanding, empathetic, and appropriate in delivering their service or…

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All Hands on Deck: The Key to Community Engagement

All Hands on Deck: The Key to Community Engagement

Social MediaGone are the quarterly newsletters sent home with report cards that were once filled with irrelevant information. It’s no longer an option for schools or stakeholders to stand idly by and rely on 20th Century methods to stay connected. A new era has come about where educational institutions are leveraging the power of social media and mobile devices to activate stakeholders’ interest in the day…

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Strategies for Helping Teachers Translate Ideas into Practice

Strategies for Helping Teachers Translate Ideas into Practice

effective teachingThoughts on Jim Knight’s keynote at the International Visible Learning Conference in Carlsbad, CA.

Contributed by Jeffrey Spanier, English and AVID teacher, Carlsbad High School, CA

Mr. Knight’s closing presentation focused on the teacher and student learning.  This may seem inane to point out, but as a teacher who has attended dozens of conferences over the last 21 years, I have rarely heard a…

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Go Big on Argument: Part 2 of the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

Go Big on Argument: Part 2 of the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy Instruction

A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core

Contributed by Dave Stuart Jr.

Read Part One of this series.

As you can see in the diagram, I think it’s impossible to even approach the intent of the Common Core without ensuring frequent and high-quality reading, writing, and speaking. Each of these elements is something we must get better at teaching, and at the same time they’re something we need to get better at letting kids do.

But before…

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