The Best Way to Protest Common Core is to Keep Your Child at Home?

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I have been regularly attending the New York State’s Network Team Institute’s on the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). What I have been regularly witnessing are teachers and Content Area Coaches grumbling about the “death of literacy” because of the increased emphasis on “informational texts.” This always made me chuckle, as I… Read more »

Pre-Zero Interventions: Tenacious Moves to Help Students Complete Work

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I was a teacher of English and History, but even without extensive mathematical training I can tell you that zero equals nothing. Zip. Zilch. But as a teacher, I also know the sad truth: in schools a zero often equals something else. A zero can be a half-finished lab report. It can be a nearly… Read more »

Strategies for Providing Effective College Access Supports and Services

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Guidance counselors are intended to support student development and lead students through the college admissions process. According to the American School Counselor’s Association, the average high school student to guidance counselor ratio is 476:1 and individual students receive on average only 38 minutes of time with a guidance counselor discussing college admissions. With the increased… Read more »