Separating Common Core from High Stakes Testing: Can It Be Done?

Tom Whitby, Nancy Blair 


Is Common Core taking a hit when the problem is really assessment? Can the two be separated? We discuss it this week on EdChat Radio.

Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach  @bamradionetwork

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Why Working Toward a Common Goal Is More Important Than Getting an "A"

Rae Pica with Mickey Kolis, Alan November, Shelly Sanchez 


As being a team player and skilled collaborator becomes more important, many are finding today's graduates unprepared. 

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Applying Universal Design to the Common Core

Patrick Riccards, Darren Burris with Dr. Katie Novak 


Some see a conflict between the notion of a standardized curriculum and universal design, which is aimed at differentiating instruction.  Our guests help identify the bridge between the two.

Discuss at: #commoncore and #CCSS

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Can Authentic Learning Occur Within the Common Core?

Tom Whitby, Nancy Blair, Kaitlin Morgan 


There is some question around whether Common Core Standards conflict with authentic learning. Even our hosts have divided views. Tune is as we try to reconcile the divergent views.

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How Can Teachers Meet the Common Core Requirement for Complex Reading?

Larry Ferlazzo with Amy Benjamin, Wendi Pillars 


Common Core requires teachers to push students to read increasingly complex text.  What meets the definition of a complex text?  What strategies, tools and resources can teachers use to achieve this goal? Today we'll explore these questions..

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EDWORDS: Latest Common Core Standards Blog Posts

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    How To Improve Student Reading

    Recently on multiple platforms, Robert Pondiscio talked about reading on his way to standing up for Secretary of Education John King. We disagree ab ...

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    by Peter Greene @palan57
    Thursday, 05 May 2016
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    Teaching Common Core By Teaching Environmental Science

    April 22nd is Earth Day. I’ll be spending it in my daughter’s elementary school, helping to coordinate an all-day “Science Day” for a building full ...

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    by Patrick Riccards @Eduflack
    Thursday, 21 April 2016
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    Common Core and Content Can Get Along

    Not a day can go by without someone criticizing the Common Core State Standards or blaming the Common Core for all that ails our public education sy ...

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    by Patrick Riccards @Eduflack
    Tuesday, 09 February 2016
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    Curriculum Mapping, 5 Ideas

    Last week I had the opportunity to attend two days of Curriculum Mapping Boot Camp with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Dr. Marie Alcock in New York City ...

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    by Ross Cooper | @RossCoops31
    Sunday, 27 December 2015
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    Is the Historian's Craft Still Worth Teaching?

    Technology has fundamentally changed how stories are told and information is conveyed. Today, the most engaging content includes not just writing, b ...

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    by David Cutler @spinedu
    Friday, 11 December 2015
  • Where Do the Arts Belong?

    Last week, I had an interesting conversation with one of my sons’ teachers. He has a classroom teacher who delivers the “core” subjects (not my favori ...

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    by Emily Caruso Parnell | @teachontheverge
    Friday, 20 November 2015
  • If It's Not Broken, Don't Fix It!

    They say that necessity creates ingenuity.  There's truth in that.  I was terribly bored when the whole idea of teaching the curriculum thro ...

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    by Sharon Skretting | @SharonSkretting
    Saturday, 28 February 2015
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