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Common Core

No matter what your feelings are about the Common Core State Standards, they are a reality in many schools. Check out the growing body of information on how to make them work for students.

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How the Common Core Supports Deeper Learning

The change that the Common Core demands from us is considerable, but it's not radical.

How to Change the World: Service PBL in the Common Core Literacy Classroom

The language arts are the building blocks when applying Common Core literacy standards to tangible, effects-driven actions in the real world.

Project-Based Learning and the Common Core: Resource Roundup

Explore a practical compilation of online resources, curated by Edutopia, for aligning project-based learning with the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Todd Finley, PhD, examines visual literacy through the lens of the Common Core -- suggesting a wealth of visual thinking routines to help students start thinking through, about, and with pictures.

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

Dig into this complete guide to the best resources to explain the standards and how they will be assessed.

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Standards-Aligned Genius Hour

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An Example of PBL in Early Elementary: How I Started

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Pivot Point: At the Crossroads of STEM, STEAM and Arts Integration

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Implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards Across the Country

In the final blog of this series, Virginia Goatley and Brenda Overturf examine how the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented throughout the U.S.

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Common Core: Seven Opportunities to Transform English Language Arts Curriculum

In the second of their series, Virginia Goatley and Brenda Overturf look at how the Common Core State Standards can help teachers build a new language arts curriculum.

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Introducing the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards

The International Reading Association's Virginia J. Goatley and Brenda Overturf introduce the ELA CCSS and provide context to those who are new to the standards.

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Lesson Planning and the Common Core: A Unit Based on TED.com

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares a blended genre unit where students research and write their own persuasive speeches in the TED.com format.

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Argumentative Writing Is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards

Regardless of the subject, argumentative or persuasive writing is a key component of Common Core Standards.

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Radical Curriculum Sharing at the Open High School of Utah

A curated list of high quality open source English/language arts curriculum

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Assessing the Common Core Standards: Real Life Mathematics

Blogger Andrew Miller on why we need to keep relevancy in mind when we ask students to perform real world math, just as the Math Common Core dictates.

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Connecting SEL and the Common Core, Part One

It's important that schools focus on children's well-being, emotions, happiness, self-esteem, and potential contributions to society, as well as having a vested interest in systematically teaching the skills required for Common Core success.

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How PBL Prepares Students for CCSS Test Performance Tasks: Part 1 - Defining the Tasks

Guest blogger John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education, in the first of two blog posts, defines Common Core test performance tasks and how looks at teachers can apply project-based learning to their assessment practice.

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Implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards Across the Country

In the final blog of this series, Virginia Goatley and Brenda Overturf examine how the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented throughout the U.S.

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How Are Social-Emotional Learning and the Common Core Connected?

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias proposes that social-emotional and character development are inseparable from students becoming college, career, and civic ready, the mission of the Common Core.

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Common Core and Print

Humanities teacher and blogger Jonathan Olsen advocates in favor of print over digital media, with specific examples of how regular newspaper reading helps his students meet the Common Core Standards.

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Alien Educational Practices: A View From Far, Far Away

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips channels Alkar, an alien anthropologist genuinely puzzled by this thing the Earthlings call 'ed reform' as witnessed in the brouhaha around 'Common Core' (whatever that is).

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New Standards for ELA: Common Core for Middle School ELA

In an excerpt from their book about Common Core for middle school ELA, Susan Ryan, Dana Frazee and John Kendall of Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning provide an overview of the new approach to reading.

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