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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The nationally-acclaimed CORE Reading Academy is online! The next course starts January 26, 2017.

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.


Cost: $600 per participant including course fees and materials. Class section minimum of 12, not to exceed 25. For group discounts, contact Mark Simmons at msimmons@corelearn.com.

College Credit Option: Participants may receive 3 Graduate Credits for an additional cost of $575. Requirements include successful completion of the course and completion of additional assignments for a total of 135 hours.

TAKE A FREE PREVIEW or go ahead and register! REGISTER NOW


Read an evaluation of the Online Elementary Reading Academy.

Read about why CORE’s professional learning and reading academies are so effective.

CORE Convenes Leading Experts in Literacy, Mathematics, and Professional Learning

(Oakland, CA) – CORE is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 National Advisory Board composed of eight influential leaders in research-based strategies on literacy, mathematics, and professional learning. This year, CORE adds Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Rick Miller to the National Advisory Board.

The two new members of the National Advisory Board bring a wealth of knowledge. Dr. Moats was a contributing writer of the Common Core State Standards, Foundational Reading Skills for grades K-5 and is a well-respected author on reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. Dr. Rick Miller has been a teacher and principal at the elementary and secondary levels, instructed at the university level, and served as superintendent in six districts across two states during his forty-year career in education.


Congratulations to CORE’s partner school district Lake Washington School District in Redmond, Washington, for receiving state recognition for 25 out of 258 schools statewide!

Click here to read the district’s community announcement.

We are excited to announce that CORE has partnered with Center for the Collaborative Classroom to deliver professional development in California for the 2016-2017 school year. This partnership builds on Collaborative Classroom’s literacy programs and CORE’s long-term commitment to implementation support services that help customers build their own capacity for effective instruction by laying a foundation of research-based knowledge, supporting the use of proven tools, and developing leadership. CORE will provide California schools with training and support for SIPPS, Being a Writer, Making Meaning, and Being a Reader.


South Carolina’s Read to Succeed (R2S) was enacted to ensure that all South Carolina students become strong readers, capable of understanding complex text. The requirements are designed to equip all teachers with the knowledge and competencies necessary to be effective teachers of reading.

As an approved professional development provider of the R2S Foundations in Reading Course, we will ensure participating educators master the competencies required in Standards 1 and 6. The course books will be the nationally recognized Teaching Reading Sourcebook and Assessing Reading—Multiple Measures.

CORE has a 20+ year history of helping schools raise literacy achievement and our instructors serve school districts throughout the country.

We guarantee teachers taking our course will come away not only with a strong knowledge base but practical applications to immediately improve student learning. We’d like to partner with your district to help your teachers receive their Read to Succeed endorsement. Get in touch today so we can get started.

With $500 million available to schools, about $1,400 per teacher, California schools and districts have an excellent opportunity to improve teacher effectiveness and ensure your students meet the challenging CA Common Core Standards. CORE can help you maximize and use your SB-77 funds.

Click here to see how CORE can help you maximize and use your SB-77 funds!

We’re extremely proud of the hard work all three CORE Colorado Early Literacy grant sites have done to meet all their required state goals.

Lamar schools saw students with Significant Reading Deficiency decreasing from 14.6% spring of 2013 to 6.42% spring of 2015.

In Delta County, Lincoln Elementary started in 2013 with 116 students at the intensive level (33%) and only 55% at benchmark. At the end of 2015, the numbers went to only 44 students intensive and 77% at benchmark moving from the lowest performing elementary school in the district to among the top three!


Don’t miss the latest CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In this issue, in the Reading Expert column you will find a review of a very informative book on preventing and overcoming reading difficulties. Also, don’t miss the Marvelous Mathematician column, which discusses student learning trajectories.

The Leadership Corner provides a great resource for RtI: a new website from the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas, Austin, that has a wealth of resources to support implementation of RtI in your school or district.

Don’t forget to check out the math challenge in the Math Problem Corner!


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