Perspectives

The Association for Career and Technical Education has partnered with several organizations, including NCLE, to develop CORE Community, a place for career and technical education (CTE) teachers to develop, share and receive support related to academic integration and the Common Core State Standards. CORE Community is currently seeking participants for its free pilot which will launch on February 16, 2015.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Content Area Literacies
  • This blog was authored by Cathy Fleischer, Tracy Anderson, and members of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project Teacher Research Group. We thank the group for allowing us to share this blog more widely with the NCLE community. You can observe the EMWPTR group’s learning by clicking “follow” on their group page.

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  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance, Using Evidence
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Digital Literacies , Writing
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  • Join over a million readers as part of the Twenty-Sixth National African American Read-In in February 2015!

    Last week I attended a web event hosted by the Northwest Evaluation Association discussing the findings from their report, Make Assessments Matter: Students and Teachers Want Tests that Support Learning

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Assessment 
  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance, Using Evidence
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  • “It is very nearly impossible, after all, to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
     
    During my 18 years as a public high school English teacher, I had a standing commitment shared with my students: I taught with my door open.
     
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  • Thanks to Leslie Patterson for allowing us to share this blog from the Human Systems Dynamics Institute group more widely with the NCLE community. 
     
    Most Recent: January 5, 2015
    How well do you get along with your neighbors at school? Do you just teach next door to each other, or are you really professional friends?  Because it takes a village to raise a child, you really have to be able to grow knowledge with the teachers in the classroom down the hall, and with the school down the road!  
     
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  • The last days of 2014 are counting down, and it's likely that your days in the classroom for 2014 are even fewer! As you're planning for the last days of the calendar year, consider using ReadWriteThink.org interactive tools for one of these fun, winter activities:

    As part of my work with the Write for Texas project I participated in a MOOC on Disciplinary Literacy. This is my first time to be part of a MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course. MOOC’s have become popular in recent years because they are free courses. This couse was a six week course designed to help teachers in content areas learn about disciplinary literacy and then practice writing lesson plans using what they learned.

    Most Recent: December 14, 2014
    Text reprinted with permission from Elizabeth Stein's MiddleWeb Blog, Two Teachers in the Room. 
     
    By now co-teachers around the nation have had a chance to get off on the right foot. I hope you had a flying start! Maybe even hit the ground running!

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  • Let’s imagine you’re in a school where authentic assessment prevails, inquiry drives the professional learning process, and time for collaboration has been built into the day.
     
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  • This blog is reprinted with permission from the website of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF), an NCLE stakeholder.

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  • Capacity Building: Shared Agreements
  • This blog is reprinted from the NCLE "New Frontiers in Assessment Hot Seats" area of the Connected Educator Month webpage.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Assessment 
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  • We live in an era in which whole schools receive grades based on how well their students perform on tests. And we expect whole systems to work to fix the academic failures these tests illuminate. But a couple of discussions NCTE facilitated in recent days illuminate the fact that we may not even be assessing what matters most.
     
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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • Plug a cord into a wall. Turn on the wi-fi on your phone. Open an app. Watch a webinar. Snap two devices together. Are you connected? To what?
     
    Throughout October NCTE members have helped us to navigate through hundreds of online professional learning opportunities, many that we’ve hosted, as part of Connected Educator Month. On the whole we hear that online learning of this sort is incredibly helpful—opening doors to possibilities never imagined.
     
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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Digital Literacies 
  • Years ago I was involved in a project where a new principal was trying to turn around her “failing school.” Test scores were abysmal, staff morale was in the toilet, and parental involvement was nil. Faced with such a set of circumstances, there were lots of different approaches we could have taken. But the first thing we did was make sure every student was greeted coming in the door every single day.
     
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  • ReadWriteThink.org is proud to be a free resource for teachers, caregivers, and out-of-school practitioners, and our Parent & Afterschool Resources section offers activities, tips, and tools specifically designed for learning outside of the classroom.
     
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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Equity Issues, Family Literacy, Reading
  • Over at ReadWriteThink.org, our lesson plans, teaching resources, student interactive tools and mobile apps are accessed by over 20 million students and teachers every year. However, we know there is no such thing as the perfect lesson or teaching resource. Have you ever been using one of our materials and had an idea of how to improve it? If so we want to hear from you!
     
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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • In honor of National Principals Month, we bring you the thoughtful words of Dr. Joseph Murphy, Professor of Education and the Frank W. Mayborn chair and associate dean for special projects at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.  Dr.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Common Core Standards, Equity Issues