Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Post for the week of July 29, 2013

Post for the week of July 29, 2013

If you like Twitter, please follow @Edwin_DESE for updates on the system!

Also, thanks to all those who have commented on the District-Determined Measure Core Course Objectives.  The second round is open from Monday, July 29 until Wednesday, August 7. 

Link to the Web site: http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/ddm/course-review.html

Courses open for comment include:


  • PK-2 ELA/literacy;
  • PK-2 mathematics;
  • PK-6 history/social science;
  • PK-7 science/technology;
  • high school mathematics (pre-algebra, algebra I & II);
  • high school English 9-12;
  • high school social studies (U.S. history, world history, civics/gov., economics, world geography);
  • high school science (environmental, marine, earth and space, astronomy);
  • high school PE/health (team sports, health and life management); and
  • PK-12 comprehensive health

  • Thank you! 

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    Post for the week of July 22, 2013

    Post for the week of July 22, 2013

    Literacy in topics other than ELA ("content literacy") is currently a hot topic.  But how do we get everyone on board with the new emphasis?  How can it practically work?

    Someone recently told me about this article: http://www.maine.gov/education/esl/webinars/documents/Downs121310Artofargumentation.pdf

    I like this piece about 4th graders, especially the "language frames" sentence stems.  Speaking and listening with a framework would be helpful to all, especially those learning how to have classroom discussions.

    Think about what would happen if students and teachers agreed to use this sort of academic language while discussing a scientific topic?  See how it elevates the discussion, to talk about the topic using claims and evidence?

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    Post for the week of July 15, 2013

    Post for the week of July 15, 2013

    If your school or district is writing units this summer, here are a few resources to check out. 

    EngageNY is posting Common Core units and assessments: http://www.engageny.org/common-core-curriculum-assessments

    New York City's Department of Education is also posting materials: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/CommonCoreLibrary/default.htm

    Achieve the Core also has literacy materials: http://www.achievethecore.org/ela-literacy-common-core/shifts-practice/

    Of course, the Common Core page of the ESE's Curriculum and Instruction Web site has four public MCUs (Model Curriculum Units) to share: http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/commoncore/

    If you have any great sites, please feel free to share them at aldick@doe.mass.edu!

    Monday, July 8, 2013

    DDM Public Comment Opportunity

    If you'd like to comment on the Core Course Objectives, please click on the link below.  As you can see below, Public Review Period 2 starts on July 28.  Thanks!
     

     
    Public Review Period 1
    Public Review Period 2
    Public Comment Link:
     
    Dates:
    July 8th – July 12th
    July 29th – August 2nd
    Courses Covered:
    ·   K-12 arts (band, chorus, orchestra, creative art, ceramics, photography);
    ·   journalism, interactive media, and audio/visual production;
    ·   high school English language arts, creative writing, American literature and world literature;
    ·   high school foreign languages (Spanish, French Latin) and world languages (PK-7);
    ·   high school social studies (western civilization, contemporary world issues, contemporary U.S. issues, psychology, sociology, humanities, law studies);
    ·   computer/information sciences, engineering and technology;
    ·   high school science (applied biology/chemistry, anatomy and physiology, advanced biology, chemistry, and physics; and
    ·   high school mathematics (pre-calculus, geometry, probability & statistics, advanced quantitative reasoning)
    ·   PK-2 ELA/literacy;
    ·   PK-2 mathematics;
    ·   PK-6 history/social science;
    ·   PK-7 science/technology;
    ·   high school mathematics (pre-algebra, algebra I & II);
    ·   high school English 9-12;
    ·   high school social studies (U.S. history, world history, civics/government, economics, world geography);
    ·   high school science (environmental, marine, earth and space, astronomy);
    ·   high school PE/health (team sports, health and life management); and
    ·   PK-12 comprehensive health
     

     

    Post for the week of July 8, 2013

    Post for the week of July 8, 2013

    DDMs (District Determined Measures) are an important topic for educators and administrators. 

    Please see this two-page guide on DDMs and the timelines set to create them: http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/resources/QRG-Measures.pdf

    For recorded Webinars and upcoming Web events, please see this page: http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/ddm/webinar.html.

    Soon there will be a public comment period for the "Core Course Objectives," the objectives that will be used to assist districts with determining measures for teacher impact on student growth.  Once I have that information, I will post it here. 

    Monday, July 1, 2013

    Post for the week of July 1, 2013

    Post for the week of July 1, 2013

    Happy summer! 

    Summer is a good time to check out resources you don't have time to read and explore during the school year.

    The ESE's Writing Standards in Action project has added new examples of student work: http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/wsa/

    Teachers' Domain brings together lesson plans, PBS, and WGBH resources for teachers:
    http://www.teachersdomain.org/

    Enjoy!  Email me with resources you've found lately that help you: aldick@doe.mass.edu.