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The Changing Role of Media Specialists: Common Core & Technology Trailblazers

Josh Work defines media specialists as the Swiss army knife of any school, and now more than ever, the media specialist’s role has evolved. Our media specialist should be among our most valuable resources for technology integration. Media specialists could essentially become the resident “go to” person for teachers with questions on blending technology and Common Core infused lessons.  Read ... Read More »

World’s Worst Pet – (A New App to Improve Vocabulary)

Name: World’s Worst Pet What is it? Help students build a vocabulary of essential words. World’s Worst Pet exposes students to over 1000 Tier Two words at 6 different levels through four engaging games. Aligned to the Common Core, this app provides student-friendly definitions, a playful narrative, a reward system and thought-provoking writing prompts. Best for: Grades 4-8 Price: FREE Rated: 4+ Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed for SBAC Alignment Study

The Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), on behalf of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, is conducting a series of Alignment Study workshops throughout March 2014. Currently licensed English Language Arts and Mathematics educators in grades 3–8 and high school who have NOT participated in previous Smarter Balanced item development or review workshops are encouraged to apply. The purpose of these workshops is to study the alignment ... Read More »

EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core


The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has long been revered across our nation as a leader in education. If you are searching for resources to implement the Common Core State Standards, EduCore may help.   EduCore provides current, relevant, evidence-based tools, and professional development to smooth your transition into a new era of teaching and learning. Check out ... Read More »

Common Core State Standards and ELL Students


Have you ever wondered how to ensure that your ELL students are learning both language and content standards during your instructional lessons?  Now you can find the information in the WIDA bulletin.  The WIDA bulletin provides guidance for teachers of English Language Arts who are implementing the Common Core State Standards.  The new standards expect students to develop more complex ... Read More »

Training the Student’s Brain for the Common Core


Did you ever think that our students in the classroom would need to have their brains trained in order to be able to comprehend the curriculum?  Well, according to Margaret Glick there are four important methods to train the students’ brains.  Read more to find out about the methods.   How to train students’ brains for the Common Core By ... Read More »

Math: “Putting the Practices into Action”


On Thursday, October 10th,  Stefanie Buckner from Buncombe County Schools facilitated a workshop held at the NWRESA in Wilkesboro, NC.  The session provided great perspective on teaching mathematics. Stefanie focused her workshop around a book entitled:  Putting the Practices Into Action, Implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice, by Susan O’Connell and John San Giovanni, 2013. This book takes ... Read More »

Appalachian State University to offer MELT Institutes

App State Univ

MELT week-long Institutes are open to all K-12 and community college mathematics faculty. (Housing on campus is available.) MELT Institutes are developed to meet the needs of North Carolina teachers who are now using the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. MELT Institutes focus on mathematical content and instructional techniques which mirror the nature, philosophy, structure, and intent of the ... Read More »

Sharing Information about the Common Core and Essential Standards

NCCCS parent handout

When we think about what we want students to know, understand, and be able to do in order to be college and career ready, we inherently agree that attributes, as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills are paramount to ensuring our students are prepared to compete and succeed.  Understanding how the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina ... Read More »

Art and the Common Core

Asheville Art Museum

The North Carolina Museum of Art will be running a day long workshop at the Asheville Art Museum on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30am-4:00pm. Attendees will explore connections between the visual arts and Common Core State Standards and learn strategies for incorporating learning through the arts in all subject areas. Registration is required. To learn more visit: Read More »