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Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the Playing Field 2

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In the second installment of a two-part article, Jeff Zwiers, Susan O’Hara, and Robert Pritchard present essential shifts for teaching Common Core Standards to academic English learnersThe transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offers a window of opportunity to fortify what and how we teach. It also provides a chance to reflect on how our...

Cutting to the Common Core: Academic Language Development Network

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Susan O’Hara, Jeff Zwiers, and Robert Pritchard explain the mission of the Academic Language Development NetworkThe Academic Language Development Network (http://aldnetwork.org) is a collaborative project, co-housed at the University of California Davis and Stanford University. The Network focuses on research-based teaching and assessment practices for developing the complex academic language, literacy, and thinking skills that support the learning...

Principals Still to Integrate Common Core for ELLs

According to a survey of more than a thousand elementary and middle school principals, over 70% have not taken action to integrate the Common Core into expanded learning opportunities, special education programs, or English-language learner programs despite more than 80% prioritizing the Common Core for school improvement and their own learning, and more than 60 percent settting the Common...

Cutting to the Common Core: Analyzing Informational Text

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Kate Kinsella tackles the particular challenges of preparing learners to be able to analyze and discuss complex informational textThe Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) for reading focus heavily on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insights from what they read. In fact, 80-90% of the reading standards in every grade require text-dependent analysis — being able to answer questions...

Cutting to the Common Core: Making Vocabulary Number One

Dr. Kate Kinsella offers strategies for prioritizing vocabulary for competent text analysis, discussion, and constructed responseShifts in Text Emphases and Response Tasks The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) call upon students to tackle increasingly complex informational and narrative texts and articulate their comprehension using academic register. Beyond the primary grades, developing readers must digest detailed concept- and data-driven passages...

Cutting to the Common Core: Decoding Complex Text

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Rebecca Blum-Martínez offers a strategy to help English learners cope with the more complex language requirements of the Common CoreThe adoption of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) by many states has brought the issue of complex texts to the forefront. The questions for teachers, administrators, and teacher educators have become "How does one revise the curriculum so that...