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8/29/2016 9:03:04 AM
Some of the excitement of the first of the school year has worn off and you are into a routine in your classroom. I thought this might be a good time to share some "high quality" resources that have been endorsed by teachers - just like you. 

One of our partners - Achieve the Core - has developed a new website entitled What I Use in My Classroom. Click here to visit the site.

It offers a list of personal recommendations on free tools, classroom materials, digital applications, and professional development resources. 

The list is organized into six sections: ELA, math, social studies, sciences, digital tools, and professional development. Teachers describe the resource, how they use it in their classroom and any hints on implementation.

The resources are in an Excel format and the summaries include the strengths and weaknesses of each tool and specifics of implementation from teachers who have used them within their own classrooms. All of the resources are free to access via an embedded link and are aligned to college and career-ready standards.

Join this listserv and add your own recommendations.

Have a great week, and please let us know how we can assist you. 




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9/8/2015 3:07:23 PM

From Politico – UPDATE on No Child Left Behind

It seems that educational insiders on Capitol Hill expect conferences on No Child Left Behind rewrites will begin at the end of the month or early October. There are significant differences in House and Senate versions but behind the scene discussions between aides have been occurring. One complication might be that funding for the federal government expires at the end of the month.


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4/27/2015 8:57:57 AM

The IDEA Data & Research Office at UALR will host the Bi-annual Special Education Data Summit June 15-16, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center. Topics covered this year include Student Privacy, FERPA, and the Special Education Annual Performance Report indicators. Cost of attending $150.00.

The Data Summit is sponsored by the IDEA Data & Research Office at UALR, College of Education and Health Professions at UALR, and the ADE Special Education Unit

Click here for additional information and registration materials.


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4/2/2015 11:07:09 AM

A new report by Cynthia Fontanella, Ohio State University, finds that youths living in rural communities are twice as likely to commit suicide as urban counterparts, a suicide-risk gap that rose nearly 60 percent for males and 93 percent for females from 1996 to 2010. To find out more visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-suicide-rural-youth-idUSKBN0M52A620150309


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3/23/2015 10:29:01 AM
EdReports.org, a new nonprofit organization that reviews instructional materials to determine alignment to Common Core standards, announced the results of its first round of reviews.    Interestingly, their findings show that most K-8 math instructional materials did not meet their criteria for alignment to Common Core State Standards.  Which did meet the criteria?  Visit their site at http://www.edreports.org/ 

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2/24/2015 5:12:02 PM
There is a new educational tool for parents – Meeting Milestones which is located at http://www.greatschools.org/gk/milestones/ The education non-profit, Great Schools, is out with more than 120 videos in English and Spanish that detail Common Core expectations for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The short videos are meant to help educators and parents better understand what children should know how to do and when. For example, the math videos for first grade ask, "How easily does your first grader add and subtract?" "Does your first grader understand the tens and ones places?" and "Can your first grader tackle word problems?" What a powerful way to spend a snow day.
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2/23/2015 11:34:46 AM

Are you stuck at home on a snow day? Here's a great read to add to your to-do list for the day.

http://bestteacherblog.com/101-web-2-0-tools-every-teacher-should-know-about/

The Best Teacher Blog has 101 web 2.0 tools that you should know about and so get a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate and get ready to explore.


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2/9/2015 2:50:00 PM

Two iPad apps that have gone free today. They are two educational games for young learners.ABC Phonics Rhyming Wordsis a fun game designed to help kids learn and practice phonics through matching pairs of words. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abc-phonics-rhyming-words/id437201718?mt=8 The second game, Power of Three, is an interactive app that takes readers through a journey of discovery through puzzles, exercises, history references, hidden games and many more. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/power-of-three/id563105854?mt=8


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1/19/2015 3:41:39 PM

The U.S. Department of Education is reviewing the process by which teachers are assigned to schools to ensure that highly qualified and experienced teachers are equally staffed at both high-poverty schools and those of greater means. States are being sent OCR data about teacher experience, certification, absenteeism, and salary, and asked to develop plans for their schools to comply with federal law mandating equal access to high-quality instructors. It’s the first time such plans have been solicited in almost a decade.


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1/6/2015 3:41:50 PM

Identifying Student Struggles Utilizing Data:

Schools utilize the data derived from MPG and MAP Assessments in a variety of ways. Check out how one primary school utilizes it to identify student needs and then work through an RTI System. This link provides authentic utilization of data from a classroom practitioner.

https://www.nwea.org/blog/2014/identifying-problems-solving-map-rti/


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12/18/2014 9:40:26 AM

Ed Week releases Making Sense of the Math: The Common Core in Practice.

This special report --looks at how the Common Core State Standards are changing instruction in mathematics.

Access it at http://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/common-core-math-report-2014/index.html?intc=EW-CCMP_11.22-EML


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12/12/2014 3:58:19 PM

TheFederal Communications Commission on December 11th adopted a broad expansion and overhaul of its program to bring high-speed Internet into schools and libraries. TheE-Rate program, part of the Universal Service Fund, will grow by $1.5 billion


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12/4/2014 2:39:50 PM

Google Code-In is a contest to introduce students, ages 13-17 to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. Visit their website at: http://www.google-melange.com/gci/document/show/gci_program/google/gci2014/about_page for more information. The contest provides "bite sized" tasks for participating students to complete during the seven-week contest (runs from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015), including tasks related to writing or refactoring code; tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more; outreach/research related to community management, outreach/marketing or studying problems and recommending solutions; tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality; and tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction. Maximum award: trip to Google's Mountain View, California headquarters in June 2015.


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11/21/2014 3:21:37 PM

From the latest Gallup Poll - Seventy-six percent of U.S. public school teachers react positively to the primary goal of the Common Core -- to have all states use the same set of academic standards for reading, writing, and math in grades K-12 -- but this positivity fades around using computerized tests to measure student performance (27 percent) and linking those test scores to teacher evaluations (9 percent).

Want more details visit: http://www.gallup.com/poll/178997/teachers-favor-common-core-standards-not-testing.aspx


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11/18/2014 4:39:29 PM

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the projected increases in STEM jobs from 2010-20 will be 33 percent, which is well above the projected growth of 14 percent for all other occupations. Yet steadily, the United States is falling behind other nations in educating our students in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Coding literacy is a large part of STEM education and builds skills not only in the science of computing, critical thinking and problem solving but challenges students to think creatively and to communicate ideas; skills that are essential to succeed in the 21st century workforce.


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11/14/2014 3:49:00 PM

U. S. News and World Report has issued a special report entitled The Guide to Common Core. You can access it at:

http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/a-guide-to-common-core


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11/10/2014 12:58:53 PM

A new survey from Lincoln Park Strategies and Social Driver has found that a large majority of Americans strongly or somewhat support "the greater use of online technology for testing students." The two leading assessment consortia, Smarter Balanced and PARCC, are proposing "computer adaptive technology," much of which they hope to conduct online, although only 37 percent of the respondents reported knowing anything about this online testing.

The Lincoln Park Strategies-Social Driver Poll of 1,000 Americans revealed that online student testing tied to Common Core has more support than Common Core itself. While 61 percent of respondents expressed approval of online testing, only 42 percent strongly or somewhat supported the initiative in general.


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11/4/2014 4:01:23 PM

WestEd is offering for FREE Formative Assessment Task Banks in Science. The topics include Matter, Force and Motion and Entergy. You can access by visiting:

http://we-mssw.weebly.com/companion-materials.html?utm_source=WestEd+E-Bulletin&utm_campaign=aae1b28b85-E-Bulletin%2C+October+2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7ef0d0acbf-aae1b28b85-76113525


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10/31/2014 11:21:47 AM

ASCD’s EduCore website houses resources and materials to help educators with free webinars on best practices presented by experts in the field; instructional resources from theLiteracy Design Collaborative is located at http://educore.ascd.org/channels/view.aspx?guid=1b4aa194-3c4b-4456-ac30-cc9165b2911a&tab=1


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10/28/2014 1:39:09 PM

Are you looking for high quality, CCSS aligned lessons?

Achieve announced today 50 Common Core State Standards Lessons/Units are available for educators to utilize in their classrooms. Achieve launched the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) initiative to build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools. EQuIP builds on a collaborative effort of education leaders from Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island that Achieve facilitated, which resulted in a set of criterion-based rubrics designed for educators to use in evaluating the quality and alignment of lessons and units.

To date, this group has included 55 educators who collectively represent 875 years of classroom experience. The EQuIP Peer Review Panel has reviewed and provided constructive, criterion-based feedback on close to 200 lessons or units. Achieve announced today that 50 lessons and units rated Exemplar or Exemplar if Improved. The Exemplar rating indicates that a lesson or unit is well-aligned with the Common Core and ready for immediate use in classrooms; lessons or units rated Exemplar if Improved are aligned and require some improvement in one or more dimensions of the rubric. These materials reflect all grade bands (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) in both mathematics and English language arts/literacy.

To learn more about EQuIP or download exemplary lessons and units, please visit www.achieve.org/EQuIP.


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