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Kim Fleming

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Increasing Teacher Diversity Could be a Game-Changer for Students' Attitudes. Across a number of different specifications, students who share racial and/or gender characteristics with their teachers tend to report higher levels of personal effort, feeling cared for, student-teacher communication, academic engagement, and college aspirations. The largest and most consistent effects are for females (especially black females) and for black males. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/increasing-teacher-diversity-game-changer-students-attitudes/
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Kim Fleming

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Validity of Observation Ratings in Teacher Evaluations. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released a new study recently on the validity of evaluation ratings using the Danielson Framework for Teaching. The findings of the study support the use of a single summative rating to evaluate teachers, but do not support the use of domain or component ratings for evaluation. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/validity-observation-ratings-teacher-evaluations/
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released a new study recently on the validity of evaluation ratings using an instrument adapted from a well-known teacher observation tool, the Danielson Framework for Teaching. The findings of the study, by Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West, support the use of a single summative rating to evaluate teachers, but[...]
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Lynn Scotty

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Summer Learning Fun for Kids!  Multi-Sensory Approach to teaching colors, shapes and position words!
This activity promotes five skills: listening, following directions, identifying colors, identifying shapes and identifying position words. In the example below the child was asked to place the blue bear on the yellow circle...
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Math Doubts

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How to prove sine squared theta plus cosine squared theta is equal to 1 by using Pythagoras theorem in #mathematics. Understand how it is called as a Pythagorean trigonometrical identity in #trigonometry.
Learn how to prove Pythagorean trigonometrical identity sine squared angle plus cosine squared angle is equal to 1 from Pythagorean Theorem in trigonometry.
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Scott Baldridge

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Since division is the inverse operation of multiplication, a student who knows their multiplication facts should, in principle, know their division facts. Is that so? What steps do you need to take to help students get there? Read the article and watch 7-year old Autumn show a helpful activity you can do with your children.

The end goal is to build fluency with the division facts by building relationships between multiplication and division (Common Core).
In this video, 7-year old Autumn and I show an activity that helps students learn the division facts if they already know the multiplication facts.
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Kim Fleming

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The Role of a Multi-Classroom Leader. In Real Clear Education, Kristin Cubbage reflects on what it means to be a Multi-Classroom Leader, a role her school has adopted in conjunction with Public Impact. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/role-multi-classroom-leader/
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Kim Fleming

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Do Randomized Controlled Trials Meet the 'Gold Standard'? In this American Enterprise Institute report, Alan Ginsburg and Carnegie Foundation Senior Fellow Marshall (Mike) Smith analyze 27 RCT mathematics curriculum studies contained in the What Works Clearinghouse, and they find serious threats to the usefulness of 26. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/randomized-controlled-trials-meet-gold-standard/
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Kim Fleming

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Core Education's June Issue Brief: Education and Inequality. In this month’s issue brief, we explore new data on inequities in education, look at outcomes related to education funding, and share some of the best thinking we’ve found about increasing opportunity in America. To view the issue brief, see http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a4ae2b1b129b9f8a29d50b80f&id=739e0af06a&e=[UNIQID]
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Kim Fleming

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Through a Student's Eyes. Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days and was amazed at what she found. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/through-a-students-eyes/
Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days and was amazed at what she found. Her report, which appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of Understanding by Design and the author of Educative Assessment. Alexis Wiggins’ article is[...]
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Let's use this space to think about how we can energize the K-12 experience. Let's make it a fun, vibrant and enjoyable place to reflect and develop as educators. TWO RULES: 1. Please play nicely. 2. Please +1/comment and SHARE as much as possible as it gives a community energy! Created by Annabelle Howard.

Kim Fleming

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Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness? Based on a review of 30 studies published within the last 15 years, researchers find that as teachers gain experience throughout their careers, their students’ achievement gains increase. Although the steepest gains in effectiveness are in the first few years of teaching, this improvement continues in the second and often third decade of their careers, especially when they work in collegial work environments. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/teaching-experience-increase-teacher-effectiveness/
Tara Kini and Anne Podolsky of the Learning Policy Institute, ask, “Do teachers plateau early in their career or do they continue to grow and improve as they gain experience?” Through a review of research, these authors reexamine this critical question using advanced research methods. Based on a review of 30 studies published within the[...]
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Kim Fleming

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Maintaining Focus on Student Success. This paper considers five years’ data from “capacity reviews” and examines the challenges leaders face in holding conversations that are regular, effective and focused on taking action to improve performance. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/maintaining-focus-student-success/
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Kim Fleming

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Most Likely to Succeed. The film Most Likely to Succeed is inspiring because it reminds us that new realities of 21st century living demands new schools. But David Brooks argues that somehow relational skills have to be taught alongside factual literacy. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/most-likely-to-succeed/
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Kim Fleming

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Tying Teacher Certification Test Scores to Secondary STEM Achievement. Basic skills tests are modestly predictive of student achievement in middle and high school math and highly predictive of student achievement in high school biology. On the other hand, subject-specific tests are a statistically-significant predictor of student achievement only in high school biology. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/tying-teacher-certification-test-scores-secondary-stem-achievement/
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Kim Fleming

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Suburban Schools: The Unrecognized Frontier in Public Education. Urban schools have been the center of investment and concern in public education for the past two decades. Yet many suburban districts now rival urban districts in the challenges they face. A new paper reviews these trends. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/suburban-schools-unrecognized-frontier-public-education/
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Kim Fleming

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No Panacea: Key Obstacles to Effective Teacher Professional Development. In a new report, No Panacea: Diagnosing What Ails Teacher Professional Development Before Reaching for Remedies, New America identifies key obstacles that prevent PD from reaching its potential for growing teachers’ knowledge and skills in the service of their students. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/no-panacea/
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Kim Fleming

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New Archive of Free Common Core Materials. UnboundEd plans to both build from EngageNY’s success and tackle another problem that teachers are facing: Their students, especially those from low-income communities, aren’t prepared to meet the Common Core State Standards’ tough grade-level goals. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/new-archive-free-common-core-materials/
The materials on EngageNY, the online library of common-core-aligned curricula hosted by New York state’s education department, have now been downloaded more than 45 million times, far surpassing many people’s expectations for the free resource created just five years ago. But with the website’s federal funding source having all but dried up, a new group[...]
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