CORE’s Excellence in Education Blog post this month is on the impact of the Supreme Court’s Unanimous Ruling on Special Education, setting a higher standard for students with disabilities.

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High Impact Language Development Practices: Breaking Down Language Barriers for English Learners

Thursday, May 25, 3:00 – 4:00p.m. ET

Students don’t come to school fluent in academic discourse. Academic language requires a special vocabulary and the use of more formal and sophisticated grammar.

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CORE’s Excellence in Education Blog post this month chronicles one district’s journey toward a sustained and deep commitment to professional learning and development. See what can happen when a district and CORE work together to support teachers and administrators across a system.

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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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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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This issue’s Reading Expert focuses on strategies to support syntax instruction . The Marvelous Mathematician discusses three approaches for developing numerical fluency. And, the Leadership Corner covers a new resource to help principals guide their schools to better teaching and learning.

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This issue’s Reading Expert offers an in-depth look at how California’s recently adopted English Language Arts/English Language Framework helps translate Common Core standards to a coherent and sequenced curriculum for all students.

The Marvelous Mathematician discusses how to facilitate meaningful discourse in the mathematics classroom with a list of relevant resources. CORE’s Math Director also discusses a process to build capacity and sustainability within math teams.

The Leadership Corner gives resources to help implement an RtI framework in secondary schools.

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Aligned with Common Core State Standards related to vocabulary and language, Word Intelligence provides teachers with all the tools they need to explicitly teach struggling students and English learners important academic words, specific content words tied to U.S. and world history, and efficient word-learning strategies to apply to new words as they are encountered.

Many, if not most, adolescents who struggle with content-area reading comprehension can decode and even read with some fluency but lack vocabulary and background knowledge. The Word Intelligence curriculum is designed for those students. It fits comfortably into an added period of between 40 and 50 minutes to supplement a regular English class but is flexibly designed to be completed in shorter periods spread throughout the year. All reading passages are from informational text, with passages linked to world history and U.S. history, in order to build knowledge.

Click here to visit the Word Intelligence website for more information about the curriculum.

CORE’s CCSS Reading Foundational Skills Instructional DVD and New Multiple Measures Reporting Forms!

Common Core State Standards Series: Foundation Skills for Teaching Reading is a three-video set aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to provide educators with an understanding of the linguistic underpinnings of learning to read and two critical foundational skills essential for reading success: phonics and multisyllabic word attack skills. These topics do not represent all of the components of learning to read. However, by understanding the structure of English phonemes, basic principles of phonics instruction, and multisyllabic word instruction, educators will have the knowledge necessary to help students decode words rapidly and accurately, which in turn leads to fluency, a necessary condition for reading comprehension. These skills are essential for beginning readers and may be vital to enable struggling older readers to overcome their reading difficulty.

CORE has also newly released Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, 2nd Edition data entry forms. You can fill in and save these free PDF forms, allowing you to easily access the assessment results electronically.