Kansas Gets Waiver!

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From Diane DeBacker:

I am pleased to announce that Kansas was successful in our request for an ESEA Flexibility Waiver from certain provisions of NCLB! In a press release earlier this morning, Kansas was approved along with five other states and the District of Columbia. A total of 32 states have been granted waivers.

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Podstock: linking technology and teachers to great classroom practices

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Hanging at Podstock in Old Town in Wichita, KS Thursday and Friday this week! Love the stuff I am learning. Lots of connections between College and Career Readiness skills, and mathematical practices, especially using technology tools strategically and capably.

Check out Podstock online for ideas and be sure to follow Podstock on Facebook and Twitter so you can join us next year!

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Implementing the Common Core: What Are We Waiting For?

 Marion Herbert, writer for District Administration magazine explains in her March article, “Are You Ready to Implement Common Core Standards?” that in a recent survey conducted by the Leadership and Learning Center, 96% of responding school leaders, by their own admission, are not preparing for Common Core Standards implementation.

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Dyanamic Learning Maps

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Dynamic Learning Maps is the new buzzword for what has formerly been called the Alternate Assessment. This assessment, of course, is reserved for a small percentage of students who have significant cognitive challenges.

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Top 10 Activities to Process Common Core Math in Your District

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Gearing up for the Common Core is both exciting, yet can be overwhelming.  This Top Ten List of activities are designed as different ways to process the Math Common Core Standards.  They could be used in a whole group setting, small group, professional learning communities, or for individual learners.  The Ten Activities are linked to more detailed information. I hope you find some of these helpful in your district.

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Using Unpacking Documents From Other States to Understand Math CCSS

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As schools struggle to make sense of the new Common Core Standards in Mathematics they are often left overwhelmed and highly anxious.  Change is hard for most everyone.  How does one balance the classroom, dealing with management and current standards while trying to learn the new expectations brought on by CCSS? 

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Exploring the History of the 8 Mathematical Practices

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The eight mathematical practices is the bi-product of two very important research products, the five process standards from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the five mathematical proficiencies from Adding It Up.  For educators to truly understand the 8 mathematical practices we must go deeper into where the practices originated.

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Looking At Quality Problems to Understand CCSS

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 As schools struggle to make sense of the new Common Core Standards in Mathematics they are often left overwhelmed and highly anxious.  Change is hard for most everyone.  How does one balance the classroom, dealing with management and current standards while trying to learn the new expectations brought on by CCSS? 

 

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Differentiated Teacher Professional Development=College and Career Ready Students

I was reading my colleague's post today and she referenced in her writing a question posed to us during a recent Common Core in-service. How much will our classrooms change as we implement the Common Core State Standards?  The answer to this question:  it depends on what you currently do in your classroom.

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Classroom Sneak Peek - Mathematical Practice #8

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The past couple of weeks I began blogging about the 8 Mathematical Practices from the Common core.  I have finished Mathematical Practice # 1, Mathematical Practice # 2, Mathematical Practice #3, Mathematical Practice #4, Mathematical Practice #5, Mathematical Practice

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