The nationally-acclaimed CORE Reading Academy is online! The next course starts January 25, 2018.

Take the 7-session course on your own time at your pace over 7 weeks. CORE Senior Instructors facilitate the course, which combines interactive video models, collaborative discussions, readings, live webinars, screencasts, and the opportunity to earn graduate college credit. Collaborate in an intellectual community as you reflect on a range of new ideas and consider the implications of these new ideas for your practice as educators.

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CORE’s Director of Math, Dean Ballard, delivered a presentation, “Implementation of ELD Standards in Math Classrooms,” at the CMC (California Mathematics Council) South on October 28, 2017. Download his presentation below.

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Welcome to the Fall 2017 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

The cool nights of autumn are upon us. We at CORE hope that your school year has started off well and the year ahead will be full of learning, fun, and new horizons.

In this issue of the Academic Quarterly, in the Reading Expert section, we summarize a recently published study by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), An Exploration of Instructional Practices that Foster Language Development and Comprehension: Evidence from Prekindergarten through Grade 3 in Title I Schools. For those of you who are Tim Shanahan fans, he is one of the authors.

In the Marvelous Mathematician, we correlate the practices recommended in Visible Learning for Mathematics with the recommendations in the IES Practice Guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning.

In the Leadership Corner, we feature a series of webinars for effective principal practices.

Happy reading!

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The 2017 Supreme Court Ruling on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 re-affirmed that special education can, and should, deliver more to students with disabilities. The way to achieve improved outcomes is with fewer but better IEP goals and progress monitoring. Unfortunately, IEP goals have become a procedural compliance process disconnected from intervention intensity that doesn’t lead to the kind of progress monitoring that has been shown to be among the most powerful tools in an educator’s toolbox.

During this one-hour webinar conducted by Dr. Mark Shinn you will learn:

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Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In the Leadership Corner section, we provide an overview of an excellent new book, The Internal Coherence Framework, which presents a systemic approach for developing the conditions for continuous improvement in schools.

In the Marvelous Mathematician, we address the importance of teaching math vocabulary.

In the Reading Expert, we conclude our ongoing conversation about reading intervention with a review of a recent report titled, “What is the evidence base to support reading interventions for improving student outcomes in grades 1-3?”

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Oakland, CA – On May 22, 2017, the Pivot Learning Board of Directors approved the acquisition of the Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education, Inc. (CORE) through a generous gift from the founder and owner Bill Honig, as well as owners Catherine Honig and Linda Diamond. This gift brings together two of the longest tenured and most respected education service providers to districts and schools in California and the nation.

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A recent study published by the The Aspen Institute stresses the importance of integrating curriculum into professional learning and teacher training. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has written a good review on the report, which aligns with CORE’s approach that teacher training should be connected to curriculum.

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CORE’s Dean Ballard and Nancy McGivney are speaking at the Expanding MTSS/RTI and Ensuring Results Conference in New Orleans on April 27-28 on the topic of, “Professional Learning Support to Maximize Effectiveness of RTI/MTSS.” CORE is also a proud sponsor of the conference so please join us to hear state of the art information on RtI/MTSS implementation strategies.

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Welcome to the Winter 2017 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In this second of a two-part series on reading interventions, we will continue the discussion around new developments in the intervention research and how they can be applied to the work in your schools.

In the Reading Expert section of the Fall 2016 issue, we addressed some advances in reading comprehension interventions. In this issue, we discuss some advances in interventions for word-level reading.

In the Marvelous Mathematician, we tackle moving math knowledge into students’ long-term memory.

In the CORE Leadership Corner, we promote a new website that provides independent curriculum review of a variety of ELA (grades 3-8) and math programs.

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Don’t miss the latest CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In the Reading Expert column of this issue, you will find the first of a two-part series on reading interventions, where we discuss some new developments in the intervention research and how this can be applied to your schools. In this issue, we address some advances in interventions for reading comprehension.

In the Marvelous Mathematician column, we tackle addressing language barriers for English learners in mathematics.

The Leadership Corner provides four great resources for improving reading instruction.

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