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I’ve spent part of this week with a group of elementary teachers who are neck-deep in curriculum design. Prior to our first session, I asked them to talk with their […]

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Considering the Root Causes of the Common Core War

Last night, I was asked to speak at the Cheektowaga Board of Education meeting about the work I’m beginning to lead there with the Common Core. This is something I’m […]

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On Narrowing the Curriculum

  I’m hearing great things from teachers and kids who are piloting the English Language Arts modules that were released earlier this year in Albany. In fact, several of the […]

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Rethinking Shared Reading with the Common Core: When Students Pick the Texts

Last month, a number of teachers and consultant friends of mine began kicking around the idea of creating an archive of paired passages and texts that educators could pull on […]

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Reading Closely in Order to Build Background Knowledge

When I began Common Core lesson studies with elementary teachers two years ago, they made the same surprising observation in each of the classrooms I taught in that spring: the […]

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Race to the Top: Voices from the Trenches

This post is the next in a lengthy series intended to make the work that I am facilitating relevant to Race to the the Top and specifically, the alignment of […]

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How Can We Race to the Top in Ways that Increase Job Satisfaction?

I think this is a critical guiding question for every educator in New York State right now, particularly those who are facilitating work with the Common Core Learning Standards, APPR, […]

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Increasing Creativity, Learner-Centered Instruction, and Levels of Job Satisfaction WITH the CCLS?

In addition to sharing as much as I can about my work with the CCLS inside of schools this year, I’m also taking more time to reveal the workings of […]

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Unwrapping the Common Core Learning Standards

  In order to mine a standard’s true meaning, you typically have to unwrap it a bit. The purpose of this work is to distinguish the standard’s explicit and implicit […]

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Developing a Fluency with the Common Core Learning Standards

At first glance it might seem like we are doing this already, but teaching confidently with the CCLS challenges us to understand them with depth. Glancing at the standards is […]

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