Syncing Transition Efforts Middle to High School

Syncing Transition Efforts Middle to High School

For adolescents, the leap from middle to high school is fraught with anxiety and anticipation. It’s also a time of great concern for parents who release their children to an environment of more responsibility and choice. The degree to which middle and high...
Prepping for PARCC, Part III

Prepping for PARCC, Part III

This is Part III of a series dedicated to making the transition to Common Core State Standards and preparing for the Literacy component of the new PARCC assessment. Previous posts have focused on gaining familiarity with CCSS (Prepping for PARCC, Part I) and building...
Prepping for PARCC, Part II

Prepping for PARCC, Part II

In my last post (Prepping for PARCC, Part I) I referenced a conference session I had attended in search of the most up-to-date answers about the upcoming literacy component of the PARCC assessment. I have pages of notes and links and have tried to synthesize that...

Prepping for PARCC, Part I

I recently found myself in a packed conference session full of school administrators trying to get the most up-to-date answers about the upcoming literacy component of the PARCC assessment that will be rocking the socks off our schools come 2014. It seems that...

Read Like a Detective. Write Like a Reporter.

I recently stumbled across a quote that, for me, sums up so perfectly the Common Core State Standards and how they will demand a more focused and rigorous classroom approach to prepare students as competitive learners at the college-level. David Conley (lead author of...