Four Key Take-Aways for PBL in the ELA Classroom

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This past Monday, I had the honor of hosting an #engchat on the topic "Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the English/Language Arts (ELA)  classroom." During the...

How Do Fearless Leaders Approach Common Core Standards?

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Fearless leaders embrace the goals reflected in the Common Core State Standards by "gifting" each student with the learning experiences and opportunities that were...

Seven Tips for Aligning Assignments to Common Core

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Consider these important features of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts, in both the anchors and their grade-level versions, when crafting...

What Does it Mean to Be Skilled in the 21st Century?

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 A new report from the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science in Washington aims to clarify what "deeper learning" and "21st Century...

Five Questions for Common Core

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There is much talk, and a lot of confusion, about the new Common Core State Standards among frontline educators in the classroom.  Here are five...

NY Teachers Juggle Curriculum in Common Core Transition Years

Last week's most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief item told the unfolding story of implementing Common Core math standards in New York state. As topics shift to...

PBL & Common Core Tip: Instructional Time for Teaching Thinking Skills

Often we forget to teach thinking skills to students. Project-based learning (PBL) by design demands that these skills be taught and assessed. Every PBL project has 21st century skills...

Depth, Connections, and “Doing” Science Focus of New Standards

Last week, the release of the draft Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) topped the ASCD SmartBrief most-clicked list. Standards writers say the NGSS focus on essential...

How Will Schools Use Common Core Text Complexity Tools?

Matt Copeland, English Language Arts and Literacy consultant for the Kansas Department of Education, describes how he envisions schools will use text complexity analysis tools...

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