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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
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  • 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.
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Join Sally Hampton for her session on working and reading with the common core state standards. starts in 10 minutes.
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Yesterday’s Common Core Virtual Conference addressed:

    • Focus and Coherence in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    • How the Common Core State Standards affect English Language Learners

    • Common Core: Math Standards - Implementation for Success

    • Common Core State Standards – What are they, how did we get here and what’s next?

    The first session, by Bill McCallum, provided an in-depth look at support tools for Common Core. These tools included:

    • “Technical manual” describing some of the higher order structures in the standards.

    • Standards progressions being written by members of the original work team.

    • Illustrative mathematics project, collecting sample tasks and problems.

    • “Lab testing” of professional development workshops.

    Note: additional support tools may be found on Bill McCallum’s blog -

    Tools for the Common Core Standards.

    Evelyn Arroyo’s presentation on The Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners took an in-depth look at the following Essential Common Core State Standard ELL Questions. Check out edModo.com\pearsoncommoncore for Evelyn’s responses and discussion:

    1. Do the CCSS include English language proficiency standards for ELLs? Will they have them in the future?

    2. Do the CCSS provide explicit guidelines and strategies to address the various language proficiency levels of our ELL students?

    3. Do the CCSS take into account both the acquisition of language and grade-appropriate content area knowledge?

    4. How do we help educators understand the correlation between the CCSS and our current ELPs?

    5. If I have a group of ELLs, how can I help them with CCSS?

    Common Core: Math Standards - Implementation for Success, by Phil Daro, started out with this declaration - “Currently, curriculum is a mile wide and an inch deep. However, if people just swap out the old standards and put the new Common Core State Standards in the old boxes then nothing will change”. So, what were some of his suggestions to combating this problem?

    • School districts should stop managing lessons and start managing units, such as chapters. Teachers can handle the activities, school districts need to focus on what knowledge the kids need to obtain.

    • Tools for teachers… instructional and assessment… should help them manage the variety among students.

    • Ask yourself questions like, “How can I use this problem to teach the mathematics in this unit, not just teaching how to get the answer?”

    During the last session of the day, Skip Fennell, highlighted the policy initiatives that led to the development of the Common Core State Standards. “The Common Core State Standards are not going to change the world, but this is huge – 43 states and Washington D.C. have adopted the same standards,” said Dr. Fennell. Since Common Core State Standards were adopted much faster then expected, the transition from state to state will be much easier. Listen to the Dr. Fennell’s recorded presentation for an explanation of this rationale.

    Yesterday’s Common Core Virtual Conference addressed:

    • Focus and Coherence in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    • How the Common Core State Standards affect English Language Learners

    • Common Core: Math Standards - Implementation for Success
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  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Join the Group for Grant's session, CCVC11
    • Ms. Myers - This was by far one of the best sessions. I learned so much that I can use now.

      • Feb 24, 2011
    • Mrs. Trimaloff - This is great news and I am so glad that you were able to join!

      • Feb 24, 2011
    • Leticia Trower - This was indeed an excellent session, thank you.

      • Feb 24, 2011
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Day 3 of the Common Core Virtual Conference starts soon - hope you can join us for sessions today with Grant Wiggins, Sally Hampton, and Shilpi Nyogi.
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Looking forward to having you join us tomorrow for the Common Core Virtual Conference.
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Quote from Evelyn Arroyo's session:

    "To develop written and oral communication skills, students need to participate in negotiating meaning for mathematical situations and in mathematical practices that require output from students." (Moschkovich, 2009)
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Join the Group for Skip Fennell - CCVC09.
    • Dr. Plaisance - How do you join a group? I am new to this platform.

      • Feb 23, 2011
    • Mrs. Trimaloff - hi Dr. Plaisance, I had some difficulty as well. If you go to the home page there is a section on the left hand side that says Groups - then two options, join and create. If you hit join, you can put in the number and join the group.

      • Feb 23, 2011
    • B Smith - Let me see if I can help:
      Edmodo.com/commoncore is the general community where we post general updates during the conference. For each session, you'll want to join individual groups, where you can discuss the presentations and share materials. Takes a few minutes to get set up, but then you'll have the hang of it....
      1. Sign up for Edmodo. Takes about 30 seconds:)
      2. Join a session group from your Edmodo home page by clicking on the logo at the top of the general community page, or just login to edmodo and you’ll be on your home page)
      3. Select
      more...
      • Feb 23, 2011
  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Join us at 2pm EST for "Common Core State Standards - What are they, how did we get here and what's next?" http://bit.ly/gHI92r

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    Day 1 - Common Core Virtual Conference

    This summer, many high school graduates will pick up their belongings and move away from home. Some of these graduates will move across town, while others will move to a neighboring state or across the country – taking their first steps towards adulthood. They’ll move on to obtain a higher education or they will enter the hustle and bustle of the workplace – sometimes both.

    What are we doing to ensure these young men and women have received the same educational foundation?

    Today, each state has its own set of educational standards. Unfortunately, this can create problems for high school graduates entering college and the work force because they’re starting out with differing skill sets and levels of knowledge. Fortunately, the Common Core States Standards Initiative tries to address these issues by establishing a common core set of standards for all states. This way we may ensure all students, no matter where they live, are receiving the same educational foundation to prepare them for their future. (Pearson School Systems)

    Yesterday, Pearson kicked off a four-day virtual conference addressing the Common Core State Standards Initiative and it’s affect on the future of education for years to come.

    The first session, by Dr. Jane F. Schielack, covered Interpreting and Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. During her presentation, Dr. Schielack highlighted the following Common Core State Standard Implementation Requirements:

    • Teacher knowledge of math and language content.

    • Teacher knowledge of how to promote student involvement in mathematical practices.

    • Quality materials to support instruction and assessment that target development of depth and complexity of mathematical understanding through mathematical practices.

    Dr. Freddy Hiebert’s presentation discussed The Common Core State Standard of Text Complexity: What does it mean? How can we make it happen? This presentation focused on Standard 10 of the Common Core State Standards – increasing students’ capacity with complex texts to ensure that they are able to read the texts of higher education and careers. As Dr. Hiebert shared her insights on Standard 10, she covered information like:

    • The view of text difficulty within the Common Core State Standards.

    • How text complexity should be established.

    • What are the best ways to increase students’ capacity, especially the students who are challenged by grade-level texts

    Dr. Hung-Hsi Wu’s session took an in-depth look at What is different about the Common Core Mathematics Standards? Here is a quick look at some of the questions Dr. Wu covered during this session:

    • What is the best way to prepare teachers for the change from state standards to common core standards?

    • Does the implementation of the Common Core Math Standards require a great change in textbooks or materials?

    • What is the role of undergraduate education programs in preparing future elementary teachers?

    Cip Munoz & Chris Rozunick presented the last session of the day. During this hour, the duo highlighted Formative and Interim Assessments: What they are and how they could be used as part of a comprehensive system to assess the Common Core State Standards. Assessments can help monitor student progress throughout the school year, providing critical information on how, when, and where to target remediation and instruction throughout the transition. However, you may be scratching your head wondering, “What are formative and interim assessments and how do they differ from summative assessments?” This session answered this question along with:

    • How might formative and interim assessments be used as part of that larger assessment system?

    • What types of issues will arise with the addition of these types of assessments?

    • How do these assessments apply to Math and English Language Arts Common Core State Standards?
    Day 1 - Common Core Virtual Conference

    This summer, many high school graduates will pick up their belongings and move away from home. Some of these graduates will move across town, while others will move to a neighboring state or across the country – taking their first steps towards adulthood. They’ll move on to obtain a higher education or they will enter the hustle and bustle of the workplace – sometimes both.

    What are we doing to ensure these young men and women have received the same educational foundation?

    Today, each state has...
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  • Mrs. Trimaloff's avatar
    Are you looking for support tools for Common Core? Visit Bill McCallum's blog, Tools for the Common Core Standards. http://bit.ly/ewgmAS
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