At 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. READ MORE
Reading 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. READ MORE
Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, Revised 2nd Edition provides a collection of tests for the comprehensive assessment of skills related to reading. These assessments can help identify why a student is having reading difficulty, determine what the next step in instruction should be to remediate that difficulty, and monitor progress throughout the course of instruction.
We have provided the assessments included Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures in convenient, interactive PDFs so that you can more easily use them with students and access the assessment results electronically. Download the zip file (44mb) to access the forms.
NOTE: Be sure to read the included Instructions file (“CORE_MM_Forms_Instructions.pdf”) before using the forms.
Last month, EdReports.org released reviews of five ELA Foundational Skills programs, evaluating them each based on the reading foundational skills called for, including whether or not the skills apply research-based practices and are presented systematically with explicit instruction.
Linda Diamond, president of CORE, was a reviewer and provided feedback on the development of the rubrics used to evaluate the various curriculum programs and also reviewed the detailed descriptions the reviewers used along with the rubrics. Five programs have been reviewed so far. We encourage you to read the reviews, especially if you’re currently using or considering implementing one of the programs.
This collection of 12 discipline-specific formative assessments can be used to easily identify secondary students who would benefit from instruction in multisyllabic word identification—a skill that’s critical for reading and understanding complex, academic texts. The book contains three uniquely constructed formative assessments for each content area: English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Use Word ID with secondary students to:
Determined by ground-breaking research analyzing approximately 4,500 content-area words, Word ID features targeted prefixes, suffixes, and Greek roots that were selected for their frequency of occurrence in each specific content area.
Learn more and view the table of contents at Academic Therapy Publications.