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A Stroke of Genius

Implementing culturally responsive teaching
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Why Re-Humanize Assessment?

Social-emotional well-being in the math classroom
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Top Posts of 2020

Read the most popular posts of the year!
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Immersing in Vocabulary

How to develop vocabulary in an effective and meaningful way
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Tidying Up

Instructional Routines for Whole-Class Reading and Writing
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Reaching New Heights

A Framework for Examining Cognitive Complexity in Mathematics
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Top Posts of 2019

Read the most popular posts of the year!
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For the Love of Learning

How a focus on building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction can enrich ELA instruction and engage learners
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I See Me

Building a diverse classroom library with the help of First Book Marketplace
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2019 Blog Contest

Creating Equity in the Classroom
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Press Play

Using Podcasts and Documentaries to Supercharge Background Knowledge and Bolster Reading Comprehension
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Connecting the Dots

Making a Match Between Assessment Texts and Materials in ELA
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Student Closing Statements

Use this routine to check for understanding and identify misconceptions
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Kids Gift Us with Their Time

Increase Achievement, Motivation, and Connection with Students Through Classroom Games
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Using Exit Tickets Strategically

Educators share how they've made exit tickets a powerful tool for supporting students
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Top Blog Posts of 2018

Here are our top 25 most-visited posts of 2018.
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We’re Bullish on Bookworms

A reflection on the free Bookworms ELA curriculum for K-5
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Effective Reading Instruction

Why a text-centered approach, instead of a strategies-based approach, is more effective
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Encouraging a Growth Mindset through Art

Strategies for moving beyond "follow-the-leader" style art projects and developing an art curriculum that supports student learning across subjects
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Inspiring Writers

A process for supporting writing practice with K-2 English Language Learners
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Making enVisionmath 2.0 Work

An Introduction to Adapting enVisionmath 2.0 K-5
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English Language Arts Practices

How do we determine that students are increasing their literacy skills as they progress across grade levels?
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A Visit to Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary School

Though this literacy program uses leveled readers, it focuses on building knowledge through topic-based units and ensures students are not limited to a single reading level
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The Daily Write

Strategies to help students engage in daily writing practice
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Materials Alignment Quick Check

Introducing a new evidence catcher to facilitate instructional materials decisions
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Emerging Effects from CCSS

A high school math teacher shares examples of student progress following CCSS implementation
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Don’t be afraid to ask…

Advice for where to ask--and find answers--to your education questions
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Instead of…Try This

Avoid common pitfalls in the ELA classroom with these strategies
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Blended Learning: The Station Rotation Model

Find out how a blended learning station-focused model can help you differentiate instruction and give ALL students the support they need to tackle grade-level work

Reading to Learn

Strategies to build a love of learning through content-rich nonfiction
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Navigating the Spiral in Mathematics Textbooks

A classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator describe how they used the spiral design of their textbook to help them focus on creating coherent instruction.
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The Essential Elements of an ELA Curriculum

Standards co-author Susan Pimentel explains how the elements of a high-quality ELA program contribute to student learning. She pinpoints where many current programs are missing the mark.
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How to Create Book Baskets

Designing book baskets to boost motivation, enthusiasm and engagement
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Everyday Math Kindergarten Tips

A kindergarten teacher explains how she adapted some of the Everyday Math Daily Routines to challenge her students more.
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Determining Reading Fluency

Learn how to determine a student’s current reading fluency level and pinpoint problems impeding students from becoming fluent readers
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Building Reading Fluency

Four classroom strategies that can help build fluent readers
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What is Reading Fluency?

Literacy experts David Liben and David Paige explain the characteristics of reading fluency
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Introduction to Argument Writing

A long-time middle school teacher and writing expert explains how to design strong writing instruction
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Assessment Item Alignment Modules

Learn how examining assessment items can be a source of professional development and deepen your understanding of the Shifts
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Adapting Journeys Common Core

A veteran Journeys user shares recommendations to improve basal lessons and better support teachers and students.
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How to Adapt GO Math!

Guidance Documents to Support the Alignment of GO Math! to the CCSSM
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Choosing Alignment over Familiarity

How a district made the decision to select a new textbook provider instead of a long-used vendor
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Putting the Math Practices into Practice

A K-12 math team collaborated in creating tools about the practices to enhance understanding and planning
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Unlocking the Power of Aligned Materials

How the Louisiana DOE is developing PD and looking for connections to help all districts maximize the impact of standards-aligned materials
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Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively

A math teacher explains how well-designed materials can help students learn to deal with challenging math problems
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The Shifts and ELLs

An ELL expert explains what the Common Core means for teachers of English language learners
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Using Flashcards in Math

CCSS author Jason Zimba shares how he uses flashcards with his daughters.
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Using Complex Texts with All Readers

A reading interventionist explains the strategies she uses to help struggling readers benefit from complex texts.
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Adapting Basal-Based Literacy Programs

A team of 4th grade educators adapted a Pearson Reading Street lesson to better serve their students and enhance CCSS alignment
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Creating a Coherent Math Curriculum

The Coherence Map can help you uncover gaps in understanding and find resources to supplement your instructional materials.
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Call for Common Core-Aligned Units

Achieve and SAP are looking for instructional materials aligned to the CCSS to address weaknesses in existing materials
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IMET Evolution: ELA/Literacy

An SAP literacy specialist explains how small changes to the IMET can have a big impact on users
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IMET Evolution: Math

An SAP math specialist explains how small changes to the IMET can have a big impact on users
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Publishing Review Results

Why Louisiana chose to share all its curricular reviews online and where you can see the findings
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Traditional Reviews vs. the IMET

What are the differences between a traditional review and an IMET review? A teacher who’s done both explains.
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ELA in the Common Core Classroom

A North Carolina literacy coach explains what the CCSS ELA Shifts mean for classroom materials
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Lament of a Review Team Member

Conducting a review was harder than expected, but it illuminated how critical this information is for publishers
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Using What You Have

An introduction to supplementing and adapting instructional materials
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When to Use the IMET

When is the right time to use the IMET? Whether you’re purchasing, supplementing, designing, or simply building capacity, the IMET can help.

Why Not Just Crosswalk?

Reviewing instructional materials for CCSS alignment means looking for evidence of the Standards and the Shifts
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Building the Right Review Team

Today’s review teams will function differently than review teams of the past, requiring new skills and experience
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What My District Gained From Collaboration

Even when districts approach materials review processes from different perspectives – and with different objectives – collaboration provides important benefits
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Working Toward Alignment

Welcome to Aligned, a publication dedicated to the conversation about Common Core-aligned instructional materials
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Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET)

Designed by some of the lead writers of the Common Core, the IMET is a free tool that states and districts are using to evaluate the alignment of instructional materials to the Common Core
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Why We Chose this Work

One district leader explains how joining the Instructional Materials Task Force offered an opportunity for collaboration, professional development and deeper clarity on the Standards

About Peers and Pedagogy

Achieve the Core’s Peers and Pedagogy, is a publication dedicated to high-quality instructional materials and their use in classrooms.

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