Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert resurfaces an important topic related to the language comprehension portion of Scarborough’s Reading Rope—language structures, or syntax.

The Marvelous Mathematician explores how developing teachers as self-directed learners can help organizations make the necessary changes in teaching approaches to support the increased emphasis on exploration and investigation through equitable and engaging school experiences outlined in many of the new math frameworks and standards that are being adopted.

In the Leadership Corner, you’ll find resources to help navigate next steps in hiring, training, and retaining teachers and other school staff in a time of higher-than-usual vacancies.

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Welcome to the Winter 2022 edition of the CORE Academic Quarterly newsletter!

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert provides recommendations for Tier 2 reading interventions in a time when universal screening data show that upwards of 80 percent of first- and second-grade students are performing below grade level on foundational literacy skills.

The Marvelous Mathematician shares an excerpt from Kyndall Brown and Pamela Seda’s book, Choosing to See: A Framework for Equity in the Math Classroom.

In the Leadership Corner, you’ll find an overview of the academic and behavior instructional resources available from Vanderbilt University’s IRIS Center.

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

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert explores what has changed in our knowledge base since the International Dyslexia Association adopted a definition of dyslexia in 2003, and how a new definition can help move the needle toward more accurate ways to diagnose and intervene.

The Marvelous Mathematician has a conversation with Dr. Ben Clarke, Associate Professor at the University of Oregon, about the importance of elementary math assessment, look-fors when selecting math assessments, and what actions to take when assessment data reveal gaps in learning.

In the Leadership Corner you’ll find resources to help determine how well your current elementary reading/ELA curriculum, or one you’re considering adopting, aligns with the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy.

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

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert shares recommendations and resources to help you better support students with dyslexia when they are participating in remote learning.

The Marvelous Mathematician shares many techniques to help students with dyslexia overcome their challenges learning mathematics with less pain and with greater success.

Finally, in the Leadership Corner you’ll find you’ll find guidance for selecting and implementing valid and reliable screeners, high-quality curriculum, and intervention materials.

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

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert discusses how to close gaps for older, struggling readers through diagnostic assessment and specific intervention strategies.

The Marvelous Mathematician shares why vocabulary in math is so important and the challenges students face when learning and using the language of mathematics. You’ll learn some evidence-based techniques to help students master math vocabulary.

Finally, the Leadership Corner, examines why professional learning and coaching is so critical to the success of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

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

In this edition of the Academic Quarterly, the Reading Expert discusses a few ways that educators can distinguish between a true reading disability and English language development challenges in English learners.

The Marvelous Mathematician shares the important role note taking plays in helping students retain learning and why students must be explicitly taught how to take notes. He provides tips on how teachers should plan for notes to be used in lessons and how to make them part of the learning process.

Finally, the Leadership Corner provides resources on the science of teaching reading, including articles, podcasts, blog posts, and an upcoming webinar with Dr. David Kilpatrick, the author of Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties.

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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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