Monday, June 30, 2014

NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women: Common Core Workshop

Today I am presenting at the NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women in Denver, Colorado. My workshop is focusing on Common Core Standards in Language Arts. I am co-presenting with Kisha Davis-Caldwell, from Howard County, Maryland. She is a Math CCSS expert and part of the NEA Common Core Working Group.

Downtown Denver

Street banners welcoming Educators

Today's Presentation: 

Moving Forward with Common Core State Standards: What Educators Need to Know

The following materials are resources that we are discussing today.To access our slides please click HERE.

Math Performance Task Planner click HERE
Language Arts Task Planner click HERE

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thinking of Common Core Unit/Lesson Planning this Summer, but overwhelmed on where to begin?

Are you inundated with all the material and resources out there and don’t know where to begin looking? Last year, when my school district began to implement its first full year of Common Core, I found myself shifting through hundreds of websites and educational literature, searching for the most useful planners, templates, and guides to help my guide curriculum planning. It was through this research that I complied and created the documentation in my Common Core group at the NEA Professional Practice Communities.

I have uploaded over 30 documents in the “Group Files” section that will help begin the planning and guide you through the process of developing your own CCSS units, lessons, and strategies to not only teach a standards based education, but prepare rigorous classroom instruction for your students. 

The Professional Practice Communities has many components: 

1. Collaborate on professional issues
2. Search for resources to enhance lessons plans and share ideas
3. Read educational blogs and up-to-date educational news
4. Share your opinions through a feature called Today’s Poll
5. Explore Practical Tools provided by NEA and other partners
6. Join events of interest that are announced via the Professional Practice Communities, i.e., webinars, podcasts, etc.

This is what you will find in my Common Core Group:  
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

NEA Teacher Ambassador Training and more Math Resources to help plan Units of Study and CCSS Lessons

Thunderstorms, 80% humidity, curly hair, and assessments, hello Washington D.C.! I'm here at the NEA Headquarters excited to see my fellow teacher Ambassadors from across the nation and jump into two days of professional learning of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. I'm going to present a session on: Linking Standards, Assessments, and Instruction in Mathematics. The resources and documents that I put together today are to help the classroom teacher navigate the new Smarter Balanced assessments, understand the CCSS standards and construct their own units of study or CCSS lessons.
SBAC Performance Task Specifications 
Math Performance Task Planner click HERE
Problem Solving Sheet: Upper Grades
Problem Solving Sheet: Primary

Additional Math Resources
The grade-level curriculum documents are organized by individual grade levels and include information about the CCSS. There are also archived webinars for the kindergarten through grade six documents, which highlight the curriculum across the featured grade level with special focus on the CCSS.
Narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics.
Suggested Lessons on Video for Math: 
Common Core Standards: Math.MP.6
Depth of Knowledge levels
Hess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrix & Curricular Examples: Applying Webb’s Depth-of-Knowledge Levels to Bloom’s Cognitive Process Dimensions – Math/Science.

DOK Video
Depth of Knowledge by NYC DOE (video)
This video introduces Depth of Knowledge as a tool to increase instructional rigor, and walks the viewer through the succession of a social studies task from DOK Level 1 to a DOK Level 4.

CCSS Learning Targets for Math Standards (unpacked K-12)

The Riverside County of Education, in California, prepared the following documents:
SBAC Claims, Targets and Standards - Updated February, 2014

The Illustrative Mathematics Project
The project aims to illustrate each of the standards using high quality reviewed tasks from teacher leaders. The site provides guidance to all stakeholders implementing the CCSS by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience, and other implementation tools. The Web site is under development, with illustrated standards added on a regular basis. Contributors and advisors to the project include CCSS authors William McCallum, Jason Zimba, and Phil Daro.

Inside Mathematics
This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into students learning, tools for mathematics instruction, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site. Their expanding list of resources include connecting to the CCSS for mathematics. To illustrate the CCSS for mathematical practice, links are provided for each individual practice standard correlated to excerpts of mathematics lessons, demonstrating examples of successful strategies to launch and sustain the practice of standards in the classroom.

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox
The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and Agile Mind, Inc. have created a resource designed to support districts working to meet the challenge and the opportunity of the new standards. Here you will find tools and instructional materials that help to better understand and implement the CCSS for Mathematics.

Math Common Core Coalition
The Mathematics Common Core Coalition works to provide expertise and advice on issues related to the effective implementation of the CCSS for mathematics. Members of the coalition include National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), and the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM),

The MARS Mathematics Assessment Project
The Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS), a collaboration between the Shell Center team at the University of Nottingham and the University of California, Berkeley, is working to design and develop assessment tools to support U.S. schools in implementing the CCSS for Mathematics, including lessons, tasks, tests, and professional development.

Multiplying Whole Numbers & Fractions 
Grades 3-5 / Math / Reasoning
CCSS: Math.4.NF.B.4b Math.Practice.MP2 Math.Practice.MP3

Math Warm-up Video: 
My Favorite No: Learning From Mistakes

DOK Resources
Depth of Knowledge represents the comparison of the cognitive demand of the Common Core Standards and the cognitive demand of the Assessments given to determine their mastery.
2. DOK Question Stems 
3. Depth of Knowledge Chart (pdf)
4. Cognitive Rigor Matrix for Math & Science (pdf)

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What is this?
The NEA Professional Practice Communities, a place where teachers, parents, school support and administration professionals, and community members share ideas and resources to improve student success. It is free and open to all!

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