Join Pivot Learning and UnboundEd for a free webinar Wednesday, July 15 from 3:00 – 4:00pm ET (12:00pm – 1:00pm PT) to learn how to use the tools and resources in their newly launched Equity Reset Toolkit to discover unfinished instruction needs as a result of school closures and how to develop a plan to address these need equitably.

You’ll also learn how to:


Register for this webinar to gain valuable insights into how to move forward into the fall with a plan for equitable ELA and math instruction adaptable for in-person, remote, or blended learning.


In 2015, Oregon passed legislation that requires that at least one teacher in each K–5 school complete dyslexia-related training. The legislation requires that the training must (a) comply with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia; (b) enable the teacher to understand and recognize dyslexia; and (c) enable the teacher to implement instruction that is systematic, explicit and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.

CORE’s in-person and Online Elementary Reading Academy were recently approved by the Oregon Department of Education to address the following two focus areas:


NCTQ State Literacy GuidelinesThe National Council on Teacher Quality will be releasing a detailed guide that outlines the four actions states must take in order to support reading success for all students. The guide also includes a list of 13 essential aspects of reading every elementary teacher should know about reading instruction. You can get a sneak peek of it now.

CORE’s president, Linda Diamond, was one of the team of reading experts that contributed to the action guide. This guide will be an invaluable resource for states and districts as they strive to ensure all teachers have essential knowledge of the science of reading and how to teach students to read.


Equitable Learning Recovery ToolkitAt the end of a typical school year, districts and schools are in the throes of assessing for student growth, planning teacher professional development, and laying the groundwork for a successful school year.

But 2019-20 was no ordinary school year.

District leaders need to look back and reflect on what happened, how it impacted instruction and learning, and how they can prepare teachers to make up learning loss next year through equitable instruction, keeping in mind that learning could continue remotely.

Our parent organization, Pivot Learning, and their partner UnboundEd have developed an easy-to-implement, customizable Equitable Learning Recovery Toolkit that includes everything you need to conduct surveys with all stakeholders about teaching and learning this spring and synthesize that data to guide professional development and lesson planning for next fall. (more…)

Our partners at Center for the Collaborative Classroom recently interviewed Michelle Rodriguez, EdD, superintendent of Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) in Watsonville, California and CORE’ president, Linda Diamond about the current reality of remote learning, how and why Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS) is a key component of PVUSD’s impressive achievements in improving student literacy outcomes, and how a strong change-management approach has positioned PVUSD for long-term success. Read the interview in the Collaborative Circle blog.

Also be sure to read a commentary by Pivot Learning’s CEO, Arun Ramanathan, and Collaborative Classroom’s Kelly Stewart about the guidance and resources being offered by CORE, Pivot Learning and Collaborative Classroom that can be used over the summer and taken into the fall to support students both academically and socially. Read what we believe is essential for making sure our students don’t fall behind in Resources for Reconnecting and Accelerating Student Learning.

Educators are doing more than ever to support students. In this time of crisis, it’s important to take care of and nurture ourselves so that we are mentally and emotionally able to take on the many challenges of remote learning and life in a pandemic.  Our friends at Amplify have put together a list of tips to help you first care for yourself so you can continue to care for your students.

  1. Get some air! Walk around the neighborhood, bring a chair and your laptop outside, or, at the very least, throw open a window, rain or shine.
  2. Eat. When you’re less locked in to a regular schedule, it’s easy to lose track of time—even meal time. Frozen vegetables are your friend!
  3. Make time for small indulgences.
  4. Spruce up your work space. Wherever you’re working these days, take a quick 10 to make it more ergonomic, clear a little clutter, or screen it off from the rest of your space.
  5. Embrace endorphins. Make sure to move, whether it’s a long socially-distant run or a quick TikTok dance.


Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert dives into the benefits of explicit spelling instruction and shares what that looks like in the practice.

The Marvelous Mathematician shares six recommended approaches and some helpful resources to foster greater student engagement in math.

Finally, the Leadership Corner, shares top resource recommendations for remote math and ELA instruction.


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The CORE Mathematics team has put together this list of free resources — covering lessons and activities, building fluency and number sense, and assessments —  to support remote math instruction. Even once classrooms open again, these will continue to be go-to resources to enhance your lessons.

Lessons and Activities

science of reading resourcesReading is a complex process, but it can be explained through a simple equation built around five foundations of reading. It’s critical that educators understand the science behind how students learn to read and what skills they need to succeed in order to teach students to be skilled readers. At CORE, we care deeply about kids and how they learn to read. We also care deeply about teachers and how they learn to teach reading. That is why so many of our workshops, mentoring and coaching centers around the science of reading.

To help educators better understand the science of reading and instructional practices based on it, we’ve created a Science of Reading Resource Library. This online library includes webinars featuring literacy experts like Dr. David Kilpatrick, Dr. Michelle Hosp, and Kareem Weaver. You’ll also find other videos, links to articles, an infographic, and much more to support your and your team’s learning about the science of reading. (more…)

As we all continue to navigate COVID-19 school closures, we are aware that many of you are faced with an increased challenge to provide equitable access to learning for all of your students. We wanted to share a few free resources we’ve curated from our trusted partners that can support your own professional learning around equitable instruction and that can help your educators and parents with the transition to at-home learning.

If we can be of assistance during this time, please reach out. We are here to provide support and advice as you continue to serve our students. (more…)