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CORE Academic Quarterly Newsletter, Fall 2022

Welcome to the Fall 2022 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter! In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert discusses early screening for students who may be at risk for reading difficulties or dyslexia and evaluating a child for a diagnosis of dyslexia. The Marvelous Mathematician explores effectively utilizing student mistakes for […]

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Pivot Learning and CORE Learning to Merge with UnboundEd

This newly-merged organization will become the largest equity-focused K-12 education development organization in the country FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2022 PRESS CONTACT Clay Willis, cwillis@pivotlearning.org Today, Pivot Learning, CORE Learning, and UnboundEd announced they will merge this fall under the UnboundEd banner. The three organizations support teachers to drive long-needed changes in learning, especially […]

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Math

CORE Learning Launches Math Advisory Board

In August, CORE Learning convened the inaugural meeting of our newly formed CORE Math Advisory Board, a group of teachers, instructional leaders, and researchers with expertise spanning math instruction, assessment, teacher education, and professional learning. This advisory board brings to CORE deep knowledge and expertise about the challenges and successes of math professional learning and […]

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Getting Math Group Work to Work

The problem with having students work in groups is getting students to work in groups. Educators have done a great job of overcoming many group-work challenges over the last couple of decades. For example, providing seating arrangements more conducive to collaboration, asking deeper-level questions focused on the why not just the what, and assigning more […]

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CORE Academic Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2022

Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter! In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert resurfaces an important topic related to the language comprehension portion of Scarborough’s Reading Rope—language structures, or syntax. The Marvelous Mathematician explores how developing teachers as self-directed learners can help organizations make the necessary […]

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New Study Confirms that SIPPS Research-Based, Systematic Approach to Literacy Instruction Accelerates Reading Development

Professional learning and job-embedded coaching on how to deliver explicit reading instruction are essential to improving literacy outcomes for all students. But just as critical is the use of high-quality, evidence-based reading curricula, particularly when supporting striving readers at all grade levels. In a time when one in three K–3 students require major and systemic […]

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Phonics instruction is not enough for English Learners, or anyone. But it’s still foundational for all.

The newest front in the never-ending wars and squabbles over how to teach reading involves English language learners (EL), students learning to read (and write) in English while simultaneously learning to speak and understand it. In the wake of renewed prominence of research supporting an early focus on phonics and decoding (aka the “science of […]

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An Uncommon Hero: A Tribute to Marion Joseph

A Remembrance by Linda Diamond, former President of CORE Learning Almost 28 years ago while I was a senior policy analyst, sitting in my office at RPP International, a California education public policy think tank, I heard a commanding voice berating my boss, Paul Berman, for failing to address the most important policy issue of […]

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Reading & Writing

Why I Focus on Building Fluency and Number Sense

Over the last few years, I’ve worked to support elementary teachers across several states with the teaching and learning of mathematics. Many times, the most meaningful activities I model in classrooms are those that build fluency and number sense. Almost everyone believes that learning how to read and being able to read fluently with comprehension […]

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CORE Academic Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2022

Welcome to the Winter 2022 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter! In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert provides recommendations for Tier 2 reading interventions in a time when universal screening data show that upwards of 80 percent of first- and second-grade students are performing below grade level on foundational literacy […]

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New Teacher-Focused Program Launched to Drive Literacy Results for Alaska Students

100 AK educators will have the opportunity to strengthen their science of reading instructional practices  Portland, Ore., Oakland, Calif., Juneau, Alaska – February 3, 2022 – NWEA, CORE® and Alaska Staff Development Network (ASDN),  in partnership with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), announced today a new learning, collaboration, and coaching program […]

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We Still Have Time: How to Support Students’ Reading Skills in 2022

We all know it, but we still don’t want to believe it. Many of our students have fallen further and further behind in reading after nearly two years of disrupted learning. A report by McKinsey & Company, “COVID-19 and Education: The Lingering Effects of Unfinished Learning” (July 2021), estimates that on average students started this […]

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Reading & Writing

Sparking Math Teacher Creativity and Ownership of Instructional Decisions

By Cyndia Acker-Ramirez and Katie Laskasky Teacher Practice Teams (TPTs) engage in collaborative inquiry to advance students’ sense of belonging and achievement in mathematics through professional learning routines that embrace teacher creativity and ownership of instructional decisions. Imagine a thriving team of math teachers, impassioned about growing students’ belonging in their math classroom communities and […]

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CORE Academic Quarterly Newsletter, Fall 2021

Welcome to the Fall 2021 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter! In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert explores what has changed in our knowledge base since the International Dyslexia Association adopted a definition of dyslexia in 2003, and how a new definition can help move the needle toward more accurate […]

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Getting California Moving: Improving Reading in the Golden State

Free Half-Day Event: Tuesday, October 19 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT Join us for The California Reading Coalition’s First Annual Virtual Gathering. CORE, Pivot Learning and literacy leaders across California will share the opportunities and challenges to improve reading instruction and outcomes for all our students. The Annual Gathering is designed to be […]

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