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

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, we step back in time to Fall 2014 where we first published the following Reading Expert article. We believe the information is still very relevant in light of the current calls for standards-based curriculum and equity for all students. With that in mind, we resurface the article about the California ELA/ELD Framework. This article, written by those involved with developing the Framework, describes its unique features and design to support all students, especially English learners. With the high expectations of the Common Core State Standards and other state standards, it is important to revisit the notion that standards themselves are not a curriculum. The powerful statement in the introduction, “the absence of such efforts to move from the standards themselves to a coherent and sequenced curriculum will hamper many states and local district common core implementation efforts” reminds us again that we need to think beyond loosely designed Units of Study. Instead, we need to think about implementing effective curriculum that teachers do not have to create, but can use as a tool to provide high quality teaching.

The Marvelous Mathematician article focuses on incorporating explicit instructional techniques into both direct instruction math lessons and inquiry-based math lessons.

Finally, the Leadership Corner also steps back into time where we revisit the importance of an effective MTSS plan for secondary students who are struggling. Although an effective, standards-based Tier 1 curriculum is very important, it alone will not be enough for students who are struggling.

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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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Welcome to the Fall 2018 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

October is dyslexia awareness month! You may recall that there have been two previous editions of the Academic Quarterly’s Reading Expert devoted to dyslexia. The Spring 2018 edition focused on Misconceptions about Dyslexia and the Winter 2018 edition focused on the difference between screening for reading difficulties and evaluating for dyslexia. To access these previous editions please click here. Also, last fall, CORE published a white paper on Dyslexia. This edition of the Reading Expert describes Structured Literacy and couches it within the context of High-Leverage Practices in Special Education. In this edition’s Marvelous Mathematician, we discuss the needs of students with disabilities learning math and how teachers can provide instruction to meet these needs. And in the Leadership Corner, we will introduce an advanced coaching tool for school leaders called digiCOACH.

We’re also excited to release the new online format for the Academic Quarterly. Rather than having to open and download a PDF to read the articles, they are now all posted online so you can quickly click and read. You still have the option to save each article as a PDF or to print them. The new format provides you with lots of options for reading and sharing the information. Enjoy!

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Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

The end of the school year is upon us! We hope that you have had a productive school year and feel proud of the learning that your students have accomplished.

In this edition’s Reading Expert column, we tackle some misconceptions about dyslexia that still are pervasive among educators.

In the Marvelous Mathematician, we address the importance of developing mathematical fluency and number sense together.

And finally, in the Leadership Corner, we discuss and provide resources related to the importance of a coherent, evidence-based, and standards-aligned curriculum for both literacy and mathematics.

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Welcome to the Winter 2018 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

Spring is in the air! We at CORE hope that your school year has gone well and the upcoming testing period and the end of the school year (fast approaching) will go smoothly.

In this issue of the Academic Quarterly, in the Reading Expert section, we clarify the differences between screening and evaluation of dyslexia.

In the Marvelous Mathematician, we continue our Part 1 article from the Fall 2017 edition of the Academic Quarterly to correlate the practices recommended in Visible Learning in Mathematics with the recommendations in the IES Practice Guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning.

In the Leadership Corner, we feature a new national literacy center that is full of resources for schools and families.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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