Authentic Learning

I was sharing with a teacher the other day as we reflected on a lesson of the advantage that as a lead learner and leader how I have the opportunity to visit all classrooms at East Side and see the progression of learning.  The discussion ensued about how it is fantastic to see students grow as learners, simply starting to turn to their shoulder buddy in a PreK classroom and talk about a question posed, to watch a 5th grade classroom simply go into a cooperative group, easily, to discuss characteristics of a novel such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardwrobe.  This isn’t just something that comes with osmosis, but is careful, systematic teaching and modeling that you all do throughout the years to get our students to this level of cooperative learninng, dialogue and discussion as you use protocols for inquiry.

It hasn’t always been this way.  Remember times of the end of the unit test, the memorization.  There are times when we do need to do this, but do we need to do it all of the time?  Gone are the days of the teacher led lecture, when the teacher is the ONLY voice and memorization of facts was the only method.  How boring is that?  Larissa Pahomov, the author of Authentic Learning in the Digital Age states that “When we ask students to memorize content that they are never going to apply to a task, they quickly forget it.  Why base education on a rudimentary skill?”  Think about it.  What would it be like to have students be able to  have authentic learning with inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection?  Where the teacher takes the role of the facilator and guide on the side rather than “sage on the stage.”  This is a total shift in mindset of how school run.  (Larissa Pahomov and the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA created this type of High School.  It’s a movement that is taking off in various areas.)

In the elementary grades, we need to set the foundational skills for our students, but this doesn’t mean we ignore fostering inquiry, project based learning, wonder, and imagination.  We cannot ignore what is happening in their world, like the blending of technology into the curriculum or project based learning activities.  But you say, “Vicki, we can’t do it because we are so tied to the common core curriculum, the modules, the SuperKids curriculum.  We are worried about our test scores.  We don’t have the time.  We are stressed.”  Yes, yes, and yes.  But, if we know what is right for kids, then we will figure out how to teach this in a way that will be not a “cookie cutter” approach.  Know the essential questions for learning, identify what students need to learn, build a flexible framework for assessment, and model inquiry on a daily basis.  Also, check out Larissa’s first chapter here.  It is geared to secondary, but we can glimpse into what our students SHOULD experience as high school students and where we need to get them to so they can be productive students and citizens!  Have a great week.


Other News

  • Bus Duty for Dec 8- Dec 19:  Team 8:  Jennifer Prevost, Marci Woods, Gina Caldwell Upcoming bus duty: Jan 5 – Jan 16 Team 9:  Jessica Serviss, Teresa Kiechle, Brandi LaRue, Denise Croasedaile
  • We will be sending out the 2015-2016 Budget Memo this week.  Please be congizant of spending next year.  Thank you!
  • Thank you Paula again for opening your house for our staff party!
  • There is a staff meeting this Thursday at 7:30a.m.
  • For teachers who received my email about the second walk through evaluation, please make sure you schedule a time with Mrs. Sheen on my calendar before the break.  Thank you for your help!
  • The Sheriffs Department will be here December 15th and 16th to get our students their picture id’s for the Operation Safe Child id’s for your planning purposes.
  • I have been published in my professional organization’s SAANYS Vanguard journal here about being a Lead Learner.  It is a reflection of our building and the East Side staff!  You ALL make me that much better!
  • What are the five things you are grateful for?  Make a list daily.  It does wonders!
  • Be the change agent for kids!  Be a champion for kids.  Every kid deserves a champion!   Just do right!

Other Items of Interest (Read at your leisure!)

  • Although more accurately called active participation techniquesrather than student engagement strategies, this list includes good suggestions, nonetheless.
  • Although it is unclear whether New York will adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, these sample assessment tasks can suggest a direction for science, nonetheless. There’s a lot to them.
  • The Upstate Cancer Center has a head and neck cancer awareness campaign going on now, through education and art. This explanation includes resources for learning about it.
  • The title of this post, “Investigating Authentic Questions,” doesn’t do it justice. There are many suggestions and resources here related to the goal of inquiry.
  • Here are some perspectives about Project-Based Learning, from students and from parents.
  • Not only is Project-Based Learning effective at the elementary level, it can also close achievement gaps. This paper describes a second-grade social studies PBL approach.
  • This list provides ten great reasons for Project-Based Learning (in plain, compelling language).
  • Grant Wiggins has some concerns about NY’s 8th grade math test… big concerns about the questions and their alignment with the Common Core, as well as with their construction. You can read about it here.
  • Don’t forget that students can’t learn from books that they can’t read, says Richard Allington. This points out the need for scaffolding and other supports.
  • Mike Mattos told us that most schools don’t have a Tier 2 or Tier 3 problem; they have a what-we-do-all-day-long problem. Asking (and investigating) these questions can help us develop a better system of RTI and for “all-day-long.”
  • The essential characteristics of a Professional Learning Community (PLC), explained in this infographic, will help you to build common understanding about just what it means to be a PLC.
  • The four questions of a PLC have been translated into student-centered language.
  • This Ignite! Session points out some common decisions in math classes that we never think about… but should. Annie Fetter points out the hazards of being “All what, no why.” By the way, many of these things apply to all classrooms, not just math! Cliques are stronger at some schools that at others. Size matters, according to this research. Tracking matters, too.
  • Watch the story of one schools’ implementation of technology in the classroom as part of a bigger shift toward a collaborative future (and away from traditional silos).

 A Touch of Humor

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Shifting Pedagogy

This is a re-post of my blog entry about the STEM to STEAM and Beyond workshop I attended on April 21st.  It gets to the gist of the day.  It was lots of fun and extremely engaging.  Something to think about as we move forward.  Have a great week!  Vic


On April 21, 2014,  I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful conference at the Poughkeepsie Day School, From STEM to STEAM.  It must have been via some tweet either by Pam Moran or Josie Holford that they told me about the workshop and that I had to go.  Sure, why not.  I was ending my vacation so I swung by via Philadelphia, visited family in New Jersey, and up to 287 to 87.

Boy, was I in for a treat.  I have been in contact with Pam Moran through twitter and Pam is so passionate about sharing what her district is doing in Albemarle County, Virginia.    Pam and one of Albemarle principals, Alison Dwier-Selden, of the Walton Middle School lead the keynote for the day and boy, were there some great takeaways!  Their keynote was based on the following:

The Seven Pathways to Learning

  • Maker-Infused Curriculum
  • Interactive Technologies
  • Instructional Tolerance
  • Choice and Comfort
  • Connectivity
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Passion/Problem/Project-Based Learning

The keynote was about putting passion back into our schools.  What fun to sit a listen to such positivity a week before the NY State Math exams! A question Pam posed:  “How do maker leaders create opportunities for authentic leadership and agency to emerge among educators and learners?  It is a basis of inquiry for me as we move forward.

Another: “Influence comes from many not from a single leader or the hierarchy.  How true is that!  Michael Fullan embraces this idea to build professional capacity in our schools.  Why not include kids?  Embrace and build the trust!  Maker leaders are not in to compliance.  This is old school and 20th century thinking.

Here is what Maker Leaders do:

  • Hierarchical flattening
  • Pedagogical entrepreneurship
  • Boundary spanning
  • Global networking
  • Policies which enable rapid change, rapid prototyping, not block either!

Pam shared some stories about how they created spaces at Albemarle to be 21st century in a library.  They got rid of the outdated storage VCR tapes, old overheads, things that were collecting dust in a storage room and the librarian ripped the walls down and opened the space up to be used as an area where kids can use to hang and use their device.

(Old School)

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She spruced up the area and added this to the library:

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Disrupt your library space, change the marketplace, capture a new audience.  How exciting for kids!

To end, Pam and Alison told us to get 1 or 2 brave folks to take the step just do it.  “Pioneers take the arrows, settlers get the land.”  Be brave enough to try something new in our schools, especially in the land of APPR and CCSS.

We had great workshops offered throughout the day as you can see here and I used Storify to document the day here.

We got to see some cool things and learn together:

I want one of these :

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We made speakers out of paper.  Me, I burned my fingers.  (Don’t laugh, but it’s true.)

The best was meeting folks around the area and creating more connections to my PLN.  I also got to meet Maureen Devlin.  Maureen and I are regulars on #satchat and how wonderful to meet face to face!

We gathered back to close the day and Pam asked us to think about bringing one thing back to our schools to start to change or implement.  I have been pushing my staff to move to project based learning (PBL) and have written about it to them here.  We slowly setting the stage and push for more of this in communication here.

I have to thank Pam and Josie for such an enlightening day.  It has jump-started and rejuvenated my belief that there is a better way!  Thank you!


Other News
  • Bus Duty for April 28 – May 9  Team 6: Connie Tubbs, Kelly Ayen, Bev Phelps  Upcoming bus duty:  May 12 – May 23  Team 7: Paula Bates, Marcie Tyler, Sarah Pawananon
  • Our Staff Meeting will be in the computer lab across from Steph and Connie’s room.  We will be using the computers so be ready to log in.
  • Did you watch 12 Years as a Slave yet?  Reading the book is even more powerful!  A must read and watch.  This book I know will be on required reading lists for HS students or a least it should!
  • Please make sure you are scheduling a time to meet with me with Mrs. Sheen before June 6th to do our “Walk through #5” and domain 4 of the Danielson rubric.  Thanks
  • Will.I.Am was on Meet the Press this morning, speaking about education and how we need more Project Based Learning, STEM/STEAM and creativity opportunities for our kids in school.  He declared a war on education, and I don’t think he intended on it being test driven.  The intention was hands-on learning.  Interesting!
  • Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thank you for all you do!
  • I will be taking a break next week with this blog as I need to go down to New Jersey to visit my mom and family.  Hospice is in now so this is the beginning of the end, so my time will be devoted to this part of our lives.  Thank you all for your support and prayers.  
Things in the blogosphere
  • The Responsive Classroom website had a great blog about Making Greetings More Engaging.  If you don’t visit the website, I would put this on your To-Do list.  There is a wealth of information that NEFC puts in the website for folks.
  • Jon Harper guest blogs on Peter DeWitt’s blog about building relationships with students and fostering community in the classroom and school.  All I can think about is the Responsive Classroom philosophy!
  • Todd Nesloney is a 5th grade teacher and extremely knowledgeable in tech education and someone to follow.  He writes here is the ISTE blog of how flipped education was hard to manage until he put in PBL.  Check out what he is doing here.
  • What are the five things you are grateful for?  Make a list daily.  It does wonders!
  • Be the change agent for kids!  Be a champion for kids.  Every kid deserves a champion!

Other Items of Interest

The Board of Regents did adopt the Social Studies Framework. There will be no immediate changes. The Field Guide, due in the summer, will have more information about implementation.

Image: chronicle.com

The application of principles of good coaching of sports teams can help teachers transition away from monologic discussions toward better discussionsand collaboration.


The April issue of School Administrator considers the central office and how it can be re-imagined to become more focused on instructional leadership and how to better support principals.
Here are ideas for integrating the arts into other disciplines.

Watch this short video to see how the critical friends process can be used as a protocol forteachers providing feedback to each other.

The New York Times had an interesting piece about moral education. There are implications for parents and schools.

Gathering feedback from teachers about the evaluation system in their school can help improve the implementation while also having a positive influence on school culture and climate.


A common denominator in the school improvement equation is teacher leadership. At this year’s annual Teacher Leadership Conference on May 27th we will continue to explore the role that teacher leaders play in the school improvement calculus, including:

  • Regents Reform Agenda
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Career & Technical Education and Co-Op
  • Common Core and Literacy
  • Teacher Centers
Title: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

Another New York Times piece summarizes the research about parent involvement in schools – what impacts student achievement and what does not.

We now talk a lot about grit in our students – but how about grit in our teachers? Maybe grit is a missing element in our teacher evaluation rubrics!

This column suggests that the best way to implement the Next Generation Science Standards would be one year at a time, beginning with the youngest students.

This site has links to many of the most-used rubric making tools.


This approach to classroom rules sorts them into five different categories: academic, social, procedural, cultural, and personal.


These are good reminders about finishing the school year strong. The test is not the end!

Parents help with homework might not help, after all. In fact it might hurt! This is helpful information to parents and it is helpful information to teachers for their consideration when designing good homework.

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week:

All Grades | All Subjects | Inspiration
We gathered some amazing educators to share what they think teachers are… (magicians, sages, lifelong learners). And don’t miss the opportunity to tell us what YOU think teachers are! 
All Grades | All Subjects | Practice
We had the rare opportunity to film a discussion between five former NTOY and the takeaway is this: it’s not about perfection. It’s so worth it to watch this full-length feature, but if you don’t have time today, check out the 2-minute preview.
All Grades | All Subjects | Learning
Watch former Teachers of the Year reflect on how they grow as teachers and what makes our profession so unique.

A Touch of Humor

Learning to Make – Making to Learn – From STEM to STEAM


As you know, I question the direction that our state has taken with APPR, testing, and a poor implementation of Common Core State Standards.  I wrote about it here when I shared Pasi Sahlberg’s book, Finnish Lessons.  This has lead me to read and follow Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves’ philosophy of building professional capital in staff. And then comes Maker Leadership.

Always looking for innovative conferences and to learn, I happened upon a wonderful day conference called STEM to STEAM and Beyond at the Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie on Monday, April 21st. (Check out the link I put, awesome workshops!) I think it was through a tweet from Pam Moran, the superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in VA  or Josie Holdford the head of PDS (when you are in a tweet chatting stream, it goes so fast so I can’t remember) that they said to get down here for this workshop.  So I did.  (I am lucky to have these two ladies in my PLN.  I consider them as mentors and friends and they are available 24/7.  That is the beauty of twitter and a PLN!)

Pam keynoted the workshop.  All I can say is WOW! Pam has a vision for her district.  She is an advocate for Learning Spaces, an educational model that emphasizes project-based-learning in non-traditional settings and promotes collaboration, analytical and critical thinking, and communications proficiency among teams of students.  I am not going to go into the day as I have Storified the tweets and am working on a blog post soon to be published.  Let’s just say, after attending this conference, it has reconfirmed my belief that New York and the State Education Department is on the wrong path with education. (I know, a strong statement!  A PDS staff member said that she was sorry for me because we are stuck in a model dictated by SED that is not innovative!  That didn’t sit well with me and it can’t be!)

One thing that Pam asked us to do at the end of the day was to bring one item back to your district and work with it.  As you know, Project Based Learning is in the forefront for me as a building leader.  Maker Spaces and Learning Spaces thrive on the PBL philosophy.  I wrote about PBL here. I believe it is the way to move forward.  Don’t get me wrong, we still need to teach how to read (learning to read and reading to learn, phonics, phonemic awareness, writing, etc)  and how to do math (facts, numeracy, etc, etc), science and social studies, but how can we infuse it into project based learning?  How can we “beef” up the modules that we are working on to be more engaging for our students?  Look at your class.  Are your students bored?  Pam said to look under the desks and look at kids feet and legs.  Are they antsy?  If so, there’s something going on and they may not be as engaged as you think.

Let me be honest, this will not be easy because we have to infuse CCSS into how we do this, but it will be engaging for our students!  We can continue to do the drudgery and worrying about how students do on ONE test and worry about our score, or we can, as Pam said, bring the passion back into schools by bringing in PBL.  The passion for teaching and learning!

I sent out to you via email that Patrick Shaw will be up to do a PBL 101 workshop on August 11, 12, 13.  This is on MLP. I am going – there are some of you who have signed up already.  People, it’s good stuff. This is NOT  like the old projects you did with your class, i.e. Pumpkin projects, dioramas, or Johnny Appleseed projects.  It’s a  different way of thinking and engaging students and there is training that is involved.  It will start you thinking about bringing the fun and passion of teaching and learning back into the classroom.   Patrick says it goes well with Responsive Classroom and if you know anything about Academic Choice, PBL blends nicely with this part of RC.  Don’t use the excuse, “I don’t have the time to infuse this into my classroom.”  Or, “I don’t have the time during the summer.”  Really? I don’t have the time either, but I know it will be good for kids.

Folks, you are so much more than a score.  Let’s start thinking out of the box and push away the standardization of the curriculum.  It’s not in the best interest for kids nor for innovation.  True, we have to assess, but it’s not the end all be all.  Just ask yourself, “Is what I am doing, planning, teaching, etc,  helping students really be college and career ready?”   Will learning how to take a test prepare students to be 21st century citizens, readers, and productive workers in today’s workforce, or do we stay in the 19th and 20th century model and produce widgets in our kids?  As Pam Moran’s educators in her schools asked:  “Isn’t it past time for education and educators to respond to 21st century changes as well?  Isn’t it time to move from teaching places limited by walls of classrooms and schools to learning spaces, limitless in possiblities that extend educational opportunities beyond school walls and district boundaries?  Isn’t it time to stop paying attention to political and private sector agendas that promote 20th century standardization methodologies and, instead, attend to the need of ‘destandardize‘ curricula, assessment, and pedagogy so we can get to unlimited, deep learning?”  (Digital Leadership: pg. 25.)

My friend Eric Sheninger, HS principal at New Milford, New Jersey wrote in his book, Digital Leadership, ” A focus on standardization narrows the curriculum and creates a teaching culture where creativity, exploration, and critical thinking are scarce and nonexistent.  It creates a culture that students disdain; one that only can be sustained with the use of “if-then” rewards or “carrots and sticks.”  That’s not what I want East Side to be and I hope you are with me on that!   How can we have a smarter balance?  Let’s work together on this – I’m in.  I am hoping you are too.   Enjoy the week!


Other News
  • Bus Duty for April 28 – May 9  Team 6: Connie Tubbs, Kelly Ayen, Bev Phelps  Upcoming bus duty:  May 12 – May 23  Team 7: Paula Bates, Marcie Tyler, Sarah Pawananon
  •  Speaking of tests:  The NYS Math Tests are on April 30, May 1st and May 2nd.  We will need to change special area time slots for 1st and 5th grade again for these three days.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Thank you Brenda for arranging and organizing our guest author Mike Thaler, to visit our schools last week.  It was AWESOME and lots of fun!
  • Please check the schedule and emails that Bridget has put out for the presentations for Monday’s Kids on the Block and Making Friends presentations.
  • Field trip time is around the bend.  I am hosting four training sessions for parents and we have sent out notification this past Friday.  Please make sure you are following the correct procedures for field trips and completing the field trip packet.  When in doubt, ask the office.
Things in the Blogosphere
  • What are the five things you are grateful for?  Make a list daily.  It does wonders!
  • Be the change agent for kids!  Be a champion for kids.  Every kid deserves a champion!
Great Quotes:
“Standardization continues to follow in the footsteps of the century-old model of education that is focused on industrialization.  Such a model stifles the growth of teachers, students, and administrators.  This entrenched system produces students who lack creativity, are fearful of failure, work extremely hard to follow directions, (do homework, study for tests, not question authority), and are leaving schools with obsolete skills in a postindustrial society.  Schools focus more on filling the minds of students with useless facts and knowledge than giving them essential skills that can’t be measured with a #2 pencil.”  – Eric Sheninger – Digital Leadership, page 21.
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Vicki Day @VictoriaL_Day

@pammoran @iSchoolFive me too Still reflecting about it and making changes & plans!

 Pam’s response to Vicki:
Other Items of Interest

The APPR microsite has a new look and new functionality. No resources have been removed – they’re just easier to find. Oh YAY!! (Yes, that is sarcasm!)

VideoThis video from the Campaign for Grade Level Reading does a good job to explain the gaps we see in students from poverty and summer loss. Morgan Freeman narrates.

Read about the changes to the SAT.

Here are some food allergy resources for school administrators from the CDC.

Read about alignment between PBL and the Common Core.

The Buck Institute has a searchable collection of PBL projects.

Dayna Laur, one of our PBLNY presenters, cautions against over-use of PSA as projects.

This “Tip Sheet” from Robyn Jackson explains the difference between being engaged or being entertained.

Here are tips for teacher librarians.

Opportunities to network with fellow math teachers continue. For geometry teachers, the next meeting is May 8th. Digging Deeper into CCLS Algebra is on tap for May 16th. For teachers of math grades K-2, the next networking meeting is May 19th. Finally, another session for teachers of grades 6-8 Accelerated Mathis May 21st. As always, teachers (and leaders) can join these groups at any time. There’s so much to do that we need collaboration to get it all done!

ASCD Collection book of the weekThe Formative Assessment Action Plan. The book explains an approach to formative assessment, explaining it promotes learning in the classroom. Teaching American History: Field Experience- Women’s Rights National Historical ParkJoin a group Saturday May 17 to explore the following questions: What are rights? How do we get them? Who defends them? Who decides who gets rights?

A Touch of Humor

PBL (Project Based Learning) How can we incorporate this into our classrooms?

Project Based Learning.  You are wondering, I’ve heard about it, would love to try it, but I’m too stressed and tired trying to get the Common Core curriculum in.  I wanted to make you aware of what Project Based Learning is and to have you think and reflect, how can we add this into our school and make it engaging for our kids.
You’re  probably thinking, there goes Vicki, trying to push more stuff on us.  No, I am not.  I really think this is something we need to explore and develop.  We have worked very hard to incorporate CCSS and engage our students with NYSED curriculum.  Actually, some of the curriculum lends itself to PBL.  My concern, and I have voiced to folks with the curriculum is that is it engaging and innovative for our students and will it work?  How can we enhance them?  Hence, project based learning.
 So what is PBL?  The Buck Institute for Education gives a definition.
Project Base Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.  Essential Elements of PBL include:
  • Significant Content – At its core, the project focuses on teaching students important knowledge and skills, derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of the academic subject.
  • 21st century competencies – Students build competencies valuable for today’s world, such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and communication, and creativity/innovation, which are taught and assessed.
  • In-Depth Inquiry – Students are engaged in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers.
  • Driving Question – Project work is focused by an open-ended question that students understand and find intriguing,l which captures their task or frames their exploration.
  • Need to Know – Students see the need to gain knowledge, understand concepts, and apply skills in order to answer the Driving Question and create project products, beginning with an Entry Event that generates interest and curiosity.
  • Voice and Choice – Students are allowed to make some choices about the products to be created, how they work, and how they use their time, guided by the teacher and depending on age level and PBL experience.
  • Revision and Reflection – The project includes processes for students to use feedback to consider additions and changes that lead to high-quality products, and think about what and how they are learning.
  • Public Audience – Students present their work to other people, beyond their classmates and teacher.

I think it’s intriguing, and of course, it will take lots of work and training, but how powerful would this be for our children.  Something to think about.  Visit the Buck Institute’s website.  Also, Patrick Shaw is a PBL trainer for OCM BOCES.  Check out the archived PBL and Responsive Classroom newsletters here.  Patrick also developed OCM RC and PBL Facebook pages you should all ask to join!

I have been in contact with Patrick and don’t be surprised, we may see him soon.  PBL also goes hand-in- hand with Responsive Classroom and Academic Choice.  All I ask is that you keep an opened mind.  Have a great week!
Other News
  • Bus Duty for Mar 10 – Mar 21  Team 3:  Jessica Serviss and Teresa Kiechle.  Upcoming bus duty:  Mar. 24 – Apr. 4  Team 4:  Jennifer Prevost, Marci Woods, Kathy Buell
  • I will be sending out the updates of special switches for the ELA tests on April 1,2,3.  Look for an email soon.
  • DWIS is on Monday at West Side.
  • Our Spelling Bee is Wednesday morning.  Thanks Paula!
  • We are going to try and do the pie in the face assembly on Thursday in the afternoon at the end of the day in the gym.  This will happen!
  • The District Transportation Committee is meeting Tuesday, 3/18 at 6:00p.m. per Mrs. French’s email.
Things in the Blogsphere
  • What are the five things you are grateful for?  Make a list daily.  It does wonders!
  • Be the change agent for kids!  Be a champion for kids.  Every kid deserves a champion!
Other Items of Interest
The Board of Regents has not yet adopted the Social Studies Frameworks. They will be voted on at the April meeting
The Governor’s Common Core Implementation Panel released their report which is pretty much what the Regents said last month.
Perseverance is a characteristic we value in students. This study points to perseverance as an important characteristic of effective teachers.
The new program Cosmos has a companion website. It includes full episodes as well as supporting resources.
Do you have a growth mindset? Do you deliberately promote a growth mindset for your students? Project Based Learning can help.
All Grades | All Subjects | CCSS
This video kicked off the Let’s Chat Core series. We talk about how to read the CCSS, how the Core affects teachers and students, and offers insights on implementation.
All Grades | All Subjects | CCSS
This webinar demystifies what “text complexity” is all about and explores ways we can use it to make purposeful decisionsabout what we’re asking our students to read.
All Grades | All Subjects | Planning | CCSS
We “zoomed in” with this video to look carefully at the language of exemplar tasks to help us wrestle with the finer details of the Core. 
A Touch of Humor