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PARCC’s Educator Leader Cadres: Ensuring Teacher Voice in the Assessments

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Leadership PDI 2.0

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ELA Virtual Learning Network: Complex Text and Academic Vocabulary

It’s been quite an exciting experience collaborating with my ASCD colleagues Nanci Smith, Jason Flom, and Mark Barnes. We’ve been communicating frequently to check...

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