7 ways to bring out the best in special-needs students
"What we need to do is change the situation around so
that right from the start, students with special needs are told about
all the things they're good at, and are engaged in activities that are
based on those strengths," writes ASCD author Thomas Armstrong. In his
recent ASCD EDge post, Armstrong offers educators seven ways to activate
the strengths of their special needs students. Read on.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
America Achieves Common Core
We are writing to you as a valued registered member of the America Achieves Common Core community.
America Achieves launched the Common Core website in April 2012 to assist teachers and principals around the country with implementation of the key shifts that Common Core brings to classrooms. Since its launch, the website has been visited more than 50,000 times and gained over 17,000 registered users - teachers, principals, district staff, educational researchers, and others.
Many of you have given us great feedback over the last year and we have worked hard to incorporate your ideas. We are excited to announce that on 25th August 2013 we re-launched the site with lots of new lesson videos and resources. Below is a list of some of the new videos that can now be watched:
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common core standards and implementation. Please continue giving your
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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Presenter:Sharon Vaughn, executive director, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas, Austin
This webinar will be moderated by John Guild, senior product and marketing manager, Pearson iLit.
Register now for this free live webinar.
Webinar Date: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2 to 3 p.m. ETCan't attend? All Education Week webinars are archived and accessible "on demand" for up to four months after the original live-streaming date.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Here are some great resources from Choice Literacy that can be helpful for planning the beginning of the year reading assessments.
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Here are two features from the Choice Literacy Archives to help you and your students assess reading skills and needs.
Amanda Adrian explains why running records remain an essential assessment tool for elementary teachers in Tried and True Trumps Shiny and New:
In Eyes on the Fries, Gretchen Taylor helps her middle school students resist peer pressure as they analyze which books are "just right" for their independent reading:
This essay from The Reading Zone blog challenges reading assessment data that comes from commercial publishers with a vested interest in the results:
One of the best ways to learn what students know, value, and need is to have them lead conferences. Pernille Ripp has written a lot about the benefits of student-led conferences, and she's finally compiled her advice in a step-by-step guide:
Autumn in Maine is beautiful (we should know, since it's Choice Literacy's home state). Join us to see the leaves turn and the learning ignite at the Coaching the Common Core Workshop on October 12 - 13 at the Samoset Resort on the ocean in Rockport. Presenters include Jennifer Allen, Heather Rader, and Franki Sibberson: