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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 »

EdWeek recently reported that 68% of districts that participated in a national survey indicated that they would purchase new instructional materials to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The 2013 survey was conducted by MDR, a market research group that focuses on education. MDR has released a four-part report, State of the K-12 Market 2013.[…] Continue Reading »

Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes for English language arts teachers working to refine and update curricula is the need to incorporate larger amounts of nonfiction texts. As ELA teachers, we are experts in teaching literature — but nonfiction?[…] Continue Reading »