Curriculum and Instruction

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Some days I’m just amazed by the people I go to school with. This the first week back after a month off and everyone jumps out of the gate running. These cohorts literally wrote hundreds of individual posts on 3 different discussions. Here are just the links from two of those discussions.

Common Core Standards Discussion


Evaluation of current PA standards to Common Core Standards


Common Core Standards and special education


Implementing Common Core Standards


Virginia and the common core standards.


School reform by Arne Duncan


Implementing curriculum


Actual alignments being done in schools


Suggestions of leaders in the field to read

Marilyn Jager Adams, Diana Senechal, David K. Cohen, Laura S. Hamiliton, E.D. Hirsch Jr (one of my all times faves), Linda Darling-Hammond


More articles about Md and DC aligning to the Common Core Standards.


Education Trust


The Education Trust PowerPoint lists the failings of the United States Educational System when compared with other nations on common standardized tests.


Dan Pink ted talk.


Our Maryland website explains what AYP and the report card are.


One elementary supervisor that I work with takes quick digital snapshots during his walkthroughs and will leave the staff with a PhotoStory sharing his observations.


“learning walks,”  5 minute intervals observing examples of the district’s mission, vision, and learning principles in action using a note-taking scaffold.  At the end of the afternoon, we engage in a protocol, where teachers can choose to sit on the outside of a circle and administrators on the inside and we share evidence of the preceding (no names).


I’ve read in a couple of places that when we adjust for poverty rates it turns out that the U.S. has much better scores than any other country. I think this blog has the most clearly explained tables.


What I love most about Kati Haycock’s work is the way she so clearly exposes our overall mediocrity worldwide and then juxtaposes it with the extraordinary hope seen in places like Ware Elementary School in Fort Riley, KS and Elmont Junior-Senior High, also showcased in Karin Chenoweth’s It’s Being Done (2007) and How It’s Being Done (2009).

It’s also stunning to think that today’s students are not better educated than their parents.  Her statement that college readiness and workplace readiness are the same was a focus of the ACT study Ready for College and Ready For Work:  Same or Different? (2006).


“A highly qualified teacher for the 21st century is a designer, guide, and co-learner who reaches out to all students and strives to build a true learning community within and beyond the classroom.”


Looking at research from more than a dozen years of teachers’ experiences with Teach for America,  Farr, Kopp, and Kamras (2010), discovered that given two equally inexperienced teachers, one could be three times more effective than the other.  They set about figuring out exactly what was different.  This article tells the story.

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