Posted September 3, 2019
(STOCKTON, CA September 3, 2019) — Stockton Unified School District, with support from partners Pivot Learning, Pivot’s subsidiary CORE, and UnboundEd, has embarked on an ambitious plan to implement standards-aligned math and English Language Arts (ELA) curricula in every grade and provide every teacher and school leader with high-quality, multi-year professional learning in curriculum implementation and in addressing racial bias in the classroom.
Said Sonjhia Lowery, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Stockton, “We are so excited about this partnership with Pivot and UnboundEd. This opportunity directly supports our commitment towards increasing graduation requirements and converting all 7th and 8th grade teachers from multiple subject credentialed to single subject credentialed. We are an organization that is obsessed with adult learning and this project will reap huge rewards with teaching and learning in Stockton.”
Posted August 26, 2019
The Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE) is excited to provide professional learning and coaching services to educators using Language Tree Online to help accelerate language proficiency for English learners. CORE will work with districts and schools to effectively implement Language Tree’s comprehensive online English Language Development program in K-12 schools. CORE will share with educators evidence-based practices for teaching reading and writing and model effective instructional practices across the curriculum.
Language Tree Online has served the education market for more than 15 years, offering self-paced digital language products to schools, libraries and homes across the country. The Language Tree approach to language acquisition includes in-depth assessments, standards-based individualized instruction, multi-sensory input, and acculturation and cultural knowledge. The video-based instructional models and curriculum are aligned to WIDA Prime V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners, California ELD standards and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
CORE is pleased to partner with Language Tree Online to improve literacy for English learners by supporting the educators dedicated to helping these students adapt to a new culture and thrive in school and beyond.
Posted July 18, 2019
The Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE) is pleased to announce that we are now an Alliance Partner with The Reading League. CORE’s commitment to sharing with educators evidence-based research on the best ways to teach children to read and helping them implement these instructional practices aligns with The Reading League’s mission to advance the awareness, understanding and use of evidence-based reading instruction.
Posted June 18, 2019
Congratulations to Ann Leon, a member of CORE’s Educational Services Team, for being awarded the California Reading & Literature Project: John Shefelbine Award for Leadership in Literacy. Ann is a 2019 CSU Sacramento Region recipient along with Johanna Kirkman, co-director of the California Reading & Literature Project.
In addition to 20 years as an elementary teacher, Ann has spent 19 years in the roles of intervention teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, BTSA (beginning teacher) support provider, assistant principal, and literacy consultant. Ann had the privilege to learn from and work closely with the late John Shefelbine, lead author of SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, & Sight Words, © 2001, 2007, 2014) from 2000 to 2016. Her own growth and dedication evolved into supporting principals and teachers in professional learning – making instructional shifts toward powerful reading instruction by identifying and using Scientifically-Based Reading Research methods and programs, deepening teacher knowledge in their current practice, and utilizing a lesson study approach in working with students to support teachers.
We are proud of the work Ann does with educators across the country as a CORE Educational Services Consultant and are thrilled that she has achieved this honor.
Posted April 30, 2019
In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, we step back in time to Fall 2014 where we first published the following Reading Expert article. We believe the information is still very relevant in light of the current calls for standards-based curriculum and equity for all students. With that in mind, we resurface the article about the California ELA/ELD Framework. This article, written by those involved with developing the Framework, describes its unique features and design to support all students, especially English learners. With the high expectations of the Common Core State Standards and other state standards, it is important to revisit the notion that standards themselves are not a curriculum. The powerful statement in the introduction, “the absence of such efforts to move from the standards themselves to a coherent and sequenced curriculum will hamper many states and local district common core implementation efforts” reminds us again that we need to think beyond loosely designed Units of Study. Instead, we need to think about implementing effective curriculum that teachers do not have to create, but can use as a tool to provide high quality teaching.
The Marvelous Mathematician article focuses on incorporating explicit instructional techniques into both direct instruction math lessons and inquiry-based math lessons.
Finally, the Leadership Corner also steps back into time where we revisit the importance of an effective MTSS plan for secondary students who are struggling. Although an effective, standards-based Tier 1 curriculum is very important, it alone will not be enough for students who are struggling.
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