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Outside of the classroom, much of the math we encounter is in the form of word problems. “I’m having 12 people for Thanksgiving dinner. Each person will eat 1.5 pounds of turkey. How big of a turkey do I need to buy?” Yet, inside the classroom, how to solve word problems can leave students and teachers scratching their heads.

Dr. Sarah R. Powell will take on word problems in our upcoming webinar and share:

During this information-packed on-demand webinar Dr. Jan Hasbrouck, author of the 2019 book Conquering Dyslexia, unpacks the latest research on dyslexia and explains our current understanding of this neurobiological disorder.
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Free Half-Day Event: Tuesday, October 19 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT

Join us for The California Reading Coalition’s First Annual Virtual Gathering. CORE, Pivot Learning and literacy leaders across California will share the opportunities and challenges to improve reading instruction and outcomes for all our students.

The Annual Gathering is designed to be interactive and collaborative, providing an opportunity to share successes, brainstorm with fellow educators, and chart a course to ensure California’s children thrive.

Pivot Learning’s CEO Arun Ramanathan will lead the breakout session Connecting with Teachers — the Shift from Balanced Literacy. The closing panel discussion, moderated by CORE’s president Robert Sheffield, will be about the future and direction of reading instruction in California.

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While teaching students strategies to become automatic with basic math facts may initially take more time, in the long run it will benefit students much more than memorization. When students learn strategies, they are more likely to retain their automaticity. And because these strategies are generalizable to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and even integers and variable expressions, they will support mathematical fluency well beyond elementary school.

During this hour-long on-demand webinar Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams, Mathematics Educator at the University of Louisville, shares:

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More elementary students than usual will be starting the school year below grade level benchmarks in reading. But which skills do students need to develop? Phonemic awareness and phonics assessments provide educators with insights into how to accelerate reading for all students.    (more…)

Enhance your practice with CORE’s 2021-22 free professional learning webinar series. From word problems and evidence-based practices in reading instruction to culturally responsive teaching, our webinars are a convenient and free way to build your knowledge. Watch them on your own or as part of your PLC. Everyone is welcome!

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As an educator on the front lines you know all too well the struggle and frustration teachers and students face to close gaps in reading in the upper grades. With 30% of 12th graders scoring below basic on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading Assessment, there is a great need to provide effective intervention for adolescents who struggle to succeed due to poor reading skills.

The Third Quest comprehensive reading intervention improves students’ reading skills, confidence, and engagement. During this on-demand webinar program author Marilyn Sprick discusses:

 

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We are excited to share that Robert Sheffield will be joining our team as the incoming President of the Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE). Robert shares our commitment to improving outcomes for historically underserved students. He has devoted his career to building the skills of educators to improve student academic outcomes through his time as an executive at WestEd and the College Board, and as a district leader and classroom teacher. We are confident Robert will build on Linda Diamond’s legacy as CORE’s co-founder and past President, as well as CORE’s work nationally to promote the science of reading instruction and transform professional learning for educators.

“We are thrilled to have Robert join CORE as its new President. Robert’s leadership will enable CORE to grow its reach and impact to improve teaching and learning in the districts and schools serving our nation’s most vulnerable students,” said Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning.   (more…)

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) regularly convenes reading experts to review every textbook used by teacher preparation programs in their required reading coursework. The Teaching Reading Sourcebook was listed in 2020 Teacher Prep Review as one of 10 textbooks that comprehensively and rigorously cover the scientific basis and instructional elements of the five essential components of effective reading instruction. Additionally, the report found that the Teaching Reading Sourcebook is used by more teacher prep programs than any other textbook in the top 10 ranking.

Now, NCTQ is making their textbook reviews available to the public in a new reading textbook database. More than 900 textbooks have been reviewed and rated as Exemplary, Acceptable or Unacceptable. The Teaching Reading Sourcebook is rated Exemplary.

Learn more about the Teaching Reading Sourcebook and download a sampler of the textbook.

Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert shares recommended practices to leverage Tier 1 reading instruction to address COVID-related learning losses.

The Marvelous Mathematician provides recommendations for how to identify and prioritize unfinished learning needs so all students build their mathematical proficiency.

Finally, in the Leadership Corner you’ll find a summary of The National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) recently published Intensifying Literacy Instruction: Essential Practices guide.

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