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Understanding by Design: A Framework to Support Effective Teaching and Learning

If you ask most teachers, they won’t hesitate to tell you that they feel confined by pacing guides and curriculum maps that demand a lock-step, time-bound approach to student learning. When educators first hear that their district or school will be looking at curriculum planning using the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework, some immediately think that UbD is simply a ... Read More »

Digging into Academic Vocabulary: The Words We Forget to Teach

There is a lot of talk in education about vocabulary and words our students must know, understand, and be able to use in the courses we teach.  We talk in terms of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III words, but do we really understand the implication of these words, and more importantly, do we really know how to select ... Read More »

David Schouweiler Touts the Merits of Standards-Based Grading

Standards based grading (SBG) provides students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery.

Standards Based Grading (SBG) is an education buzzword gaining momentum nationwide over the past few years — and for good reason!  Unlike other education flavors-of-the-week, SBG is a powerful tool and educational philosophy that empowers students to take ownership of their learning while alleviating the burden of remediation.  The core principle of SBG is that students should be assessed on ... Read More »

NCDPI Releases Spring 2013 Common Exams for District Use


On September 17, 2013, NCDPI released Spring Common Exams for use in districts.  Please feel free to use the released forms of Common Exams as you see fit. Read More »

Understanding PEPs


During the first few weeks of the school year, we do a great deal of assessing where students are so that we can meet their academic needs.  Over these first few weeks of school, undoubtedly, you have learned a lot about your students’ strengths and areas for growth.  It is during these first few weeks of school that it is ... Read More »