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Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity — DoDEA — have adopted the Common Core State Standards. The standards took the stage in 2010, and since then, the landscape has shifted often, with some states opting for their own standards and assessments.

This month, we’re covering Common Core: Where are we now?[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBlog on Education will shine a light on back-to-school teaching and learning trends during July. In this blog post, educational leadership professor Maria Boeke Mongillo highlights early childhood instructional methods that support student learning at any age.

As a professor and professional development facilitator, I have found the teachers who are least concerned about how to implement the Common Core State Standards are early-childhood educators.[…] Continue Reading »

I can hear the fear in my colleagues’ voices when they talk about the Common Core State Standards. There is so much uncertainty surrounding the new standards and how to teach to them.

The fear is even more prevalent in the special education community, and with good reason. I spent 15 years in the classroom as a special-education teacher, and I would have been terrified if somebody told me, “We want you to teach math and science and health this year.[…] Continue Reading »

For students with disabilities, the Common Core State Standards have the potential to support access to inclusive education, rather than an education based on a deficits model devoid of grade-level content. As teachers across the country implement the new standards, they face a critical challenge: How should the common core be integrated into special-education practices while ensuring students have individualized education plans tailored to their unique learning stage?[…] Continue Reading »

The first standard in the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading under the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts says, in part, that students should “read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.”

There has been a national push to get “close reading” into the curriculum in a variety of ways, and much of the new offerings from almost all of the vendors focus on close reading as an essential instructional skill.[…] Continue Reading »