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  • Dr. Sutton's avatar
    I am new to the community and wanted to say hello! Pearson is doing a lot of great things where I work. I am looking forward to sharing ideas.
  • Ms. York's avatar
    Has everyone seen the iPad/iPhone app for Common Core standards? It's a great reference! Just search for "common core" and you will find it!
    • Mr. Lopez - I just got it. Looks great! Thanks.

      • Jun 16, 2011
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Common Core Virtual Conference Day 4

    Pearson’s Common Core Virtual Conference provided us with an opportunity to hear from scholars and expert that helped shape the Common Core State Standards. During this four-day conference we learned how the standards would affect English Language Arts, Mathematics, English Language Learners, College and Career Readiness, Assessments and more!

    On the final day of the conference, we had the privilege of watching Karen K. Wixson’s, Professor of Education and Former Dean at the University of Michigan, present on Reading: Not the Big 5 Anymore.

    At the beginning of her presentation, Karen Wixson highlighted the Common Core State Standards Mission and Key Features. I loved how simply she broke these two components out.

    CCSS Mission

    - Provide consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn.

    - Robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

    - Fully prepare students so U.S. will be well positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

    CCSS Key Features

    - Fewer, clearer and higher

    - Aligned with college and work expectations

    - Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills

    - Build upon current state standards

    - Internationally benchmarked, so all students are prepared to succeed in global economy and society

    - Based on evidence and research

    - State led – coordinated NGA and CCSSO

    After highlighting the Common Core State Standards Mission and Key Features, Karen Wixson went on to discuss why reading is not the big 5 anymore. Here’s what she shared.

    Not The Big 5 Anymore

    - Big 5: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension

    - Phonemic awareness, phonics & fluency – addressed primarily in “Foundational Skills” addendum to K-5

    - Vocabulary – addressed primarily in the Language strand

    - Comprehension – addressed throughout

    - Add to this the emphasis on reading and writing in the disciplines in 6-12

    Common Core Virtual Conference Day 4

    Pearson’s Common Core Virtual Conference provided us with an opportunity to hear from scholars and expert that helped shape the Common Core State Standards. During this four-day conference we learned how the standards would affect English Language Arts, Mathematics, English Language Learners, College and Career Readiness, Assessments and more!

    On the final day of the conference, we had the privilege of watching Karen K. Wixson’s, Professor of Education and Former Dean at the University of Michigan, present on...
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  • Ms. Kenny's avatar
    I have been unable to join the group for Andrea Perlik's session on Reading Street and the Common Core. The session number CCVC21 comes up as invalid. Where can I access the audio of her presentation?
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    There are answers to some of the questions that we didn't get to during Evelyn Arroyo's session last week. Check out her group, use group code CCVC07. Here is the link to her session.
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Thank you for participating in the Common Core Virtual Conference. To access the recorded sessions and other common core related resources please visit our website.
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Today the Common Core Virtual Conference draws to a close. The past three days have been packed with expert information, insight, and goals. Having listened to every session so far, I’ve personally felt a renewed sense of hope concerning standards and global competiveness.

    After listening to our experts during the Common Core Virtual Conference, it is abundantly clear that changes need to be made in education; and the Common Core Standards have found a solution. The initiative provides teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

    During day three of the conference we heard from the following experts:

    • Grant Wiggins – President of Authentic Education (Hopewell, NJ)

    • Sally Hampton – Senior Fellow, America’s Choice

    • Shilpi Nyogi – Executive Vice President, National Services, Pearson

    The first session, by Grant Wiggins, addressed How issues of backward design and transfer relate to the Common Core State Standards. One of the things that I loved about Grant Wiggins presentation was how he applied Understanding by Design to the session. The start of the hour started out with the following “Essential Questions”:

    • What would schooling look like if we were truly Standards-based? How should we design schooling ‘backward’ from Standards (and School Mission)?

    • What do Standards demand of us? What does it mean to validly address the ELA Standards?

    After presenting the “Essential Questions”, Grant Wiggins went on to discuss the Big Ideas, Stages of (“Backward”) Design, Tips, What’s Needed, et cetera. Click here, to watch this recorded session.

    Sally Hampton’s presentation on How to Read and Work With the Common Core State Standards highlighted what's different about the ELA Common Core State Standards. During this session we learned:

    • In the standard’s design, comprehension is the constant; text complexity is the variable.

    • The standards require an integrated ELA program.

    • “Growth in writing ability is characterized by an increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas. At the same time, the content and sources (tasks) that students address in their writing grow in demand every year.”

    • Students are required to demonstrate increasing proficiency in three genres: narrative, informational/explanatory, and argument.

    • Tasks that align to the standards require of students rigorous attention to text through close reading as well as an appropriate level of writing (or speaking) proficiency in the student’s response to the task.

    After defining what is different about the ELA Common Core State Standards, Sally Hampton went on to discuss things like: how to cluster these standards, how these standards will be measured, and plans for curriculum materials.

    The third day ended with Shilpi Nyogi’s session – Next Generation Assessments: Preparing Students to be College and Career Ready. Her presentation took an in-depth look at some of the demands that are shaping next generation teaching, learning and assessment. Such as:

    • Preparing our students locally to compete and succeed globally.

    • Deploying digital innovations to improve teaching and personalized learning.

    • Making assessments faster, better, cheaper.

    One slide, which I found to be particularly insightful, said that “In regards to assessments, right now, all States and Districts are asking:

    1. Is the student moving in the right direction?

    2. Is the student moving fast enough?

    3. Can we track students – and their teachers – as they move through K-20 within and across the states?

    4. How do we interpret the additional data on students and take action?”

    Today the Common Core Virtual Conference draws to a close. The past three days have been packed with expert information, insight, and goals. Having listened to every session so far, I’ve personally felt a renewed sense of hope concerning standards and global competiveness.

    After listening to our experts during the Common Core Virtual Conference, it is abundantly clear that changes need to be made in education; and the Common Core Standards have found a solution. The initiative provides teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected...
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  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Starting now, Karen Wixson with her session on: CCSS Reading - Not the Big 5 Anymore! Join Group CCVC16
    • Ms. Myers - are the presentations running behind?

      • Feb 25, 2011
    • Mrs. Trimaloff - Hi - no, we are running on schedule. We are finishing with Sheile Aherin now. Some sessions are finishing early, this may have caused a gap in our event.

      • Feb 25, 2011
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Join us for tomorrow's final day of the Common Core Virtual Conference, sponsored by Pearson. Here is the interactive agenda for tomorrow's sessions. Karen Wixson kicks off the day with a session on CCSS - Reading, not the Big 5 anymore! We will finish the day with an opportunity to talk with Pearson product experts and what is next in editions for the Common Core.
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This informative conference will help you understand the goals, background, design and structure of the standards as well as the short and long term implications for implementation.

Kindergarten - 12th