Regardless of grade level, there are four fundamental things educators must do for their students to experience math success.

1. Apply explicit instructional techniques effectively to both direct and inquiry-based instruction
2. Develop student use and understanding of mathematical vocabulary
3. Differentiate instruction easily and appropriately
4. Promote the active use of discourse strategies to deepen mathematical understanding

During this hour-long webinar, CORE’s Director of Mathematics, Dean Ballard, examines all four requirements and share tips and techniques to ensure they are all incorporated into math instruction.

Members of the CORE team were in Long Beach, California March 20-23 at the annual CABE conference. In addition to exhibiting at the event, CORE presented two sessions. The handouts are available for download.


NABE ConferenceMembers of the CORE team were in Lake Buena Vista, Florida March 7-9 at the annual NABE conference. In addition to exhibiting at the event, CORE presented five sessions. The handouts are available for download.


Welcome to the winter 2019 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In this edition, you’ll find the Reading Expert examining the role of Guided Reading in differentiated small group instruction while the Marvelous Mathematician completes his second article in a two-part series on students with disabilities. This article focuses on the types of materials and knowledge teachers need for teaching math to students with disabilities, particularly mathematical disabilities. Don’t miss the Leadership Corner where you’ll find links to download two recently updated IES practice guides from the What Works Clearinghouse.


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CORE is excited to now offer the schools and districts we work with digiCOACH, an advanced online coaching system that improves the effectiveness and efficiency of teacher coaching. As an official digiCOACH reseller, CORE will facilitate the implementation of digiCOACH and support school leaders in learning how to use the data they collect to inform and guide ongoing professional learning for their staff that leads to improved instruction.

Through the digiCOACH platform, CORE Educational Consultants will have access to the data collected from the classroom observations of the schools they work with which will help them identify gaps in knowledge and areas in which school leaders need additional guidance.

Learn more about digiCOACH.


When teachers have a range of evidence-based solutions at their fingertips, and a solid plan to effectively use them, they can better meet the needs of students who struggle with math.

Watch this on-demand webinar to learn best practices and practical advice to support these students from CORE’s Director of Mathematics, Dean Ballard.

Dean reviews:


Help accelerate math achievement with resources and strategies that ensure students receive instruction and supports appropriate to their individual needs.

Building a School Culture Where Everyone Grows

Adult development of teachers, leaders, and staff is often ignored or neglected, leading to toxic or compliance-driven cultures and limited growth. Join Pivot for two events to learn how they work with education leaders to design schools where adults, students, and communities can flourish and continuously improve together.

Webinar: February 7, 1:00-2:00 PM PST

Pivot’s Beyond High School initiative has helped schools transform their learning environments to continuously improve the performance of both leaders and students. Join us for a conversation and useful tools to help your school rethink adult development to support capacity building and school improvement.

Panelists include:

  • Arun Ramanathan, Ed.D., CEO, Pivot Learning
  • Laura Flaxman, Ed.L.D., Vice President, Pivot Learning
  • Daniel “PK” Diffenbaugh, Ed.L.D., Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District




Symposium: February 28-29, 2019

Location: Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Monterey, CA

See in action how one district designed a culture where individuals and team members are continuously growing and improving while tackling their equity challenges.

In our interactive professional development sessions, learn practical strategies and tools to help your school rethink its culture to support capacity building and school improvement for all.




Reading is a complex process that involves quickly and accurately recognizing words, understanding the meaning of words, and making sense of their meaning in context. Students identified with reading difficulties most often struggle with word reading.

During this on-demand webinar Dr. David A. Kilpatrick, author of Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, discusses the importance of understanding the nature of word-level reading development and word-level reading problems in order to accurately assess reading difficulties and implement effective interventions.

Watch the webinar to learn:


Since the 2017 Supreme Court ruling on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, many school districts have put a renewed focus on ensuring students with disabilities not only receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) but true educational equity.

During the webinar, Dr. Michelle Hosp, Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Dr. Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning, examine special education in the post-Endrew environment. These experts share:

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into how other districts are setting high expectations for students with disabilities and supporting their progress toward meaningful goals.

Check out the new 3rd edition of the popular Teaching Reading Sourcebook, with content updates and a brand new chapter on MTSS.  Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, 2nd Edition has also been revised with new, clearer test instructions and an easy-to-use format. Purchase both of these must-have guides and save 10%. Learn more.