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Effective Teaching

We sat down with master teachers and experts and asked them to share (on video) their thoughts about what it really takes to be an effective teacher with the new Common Core standards. On this page, you'll also find top articles about the Common Core standards, video that provides an overview of the standards and links to professional development webcasts.

Video on Effective Teaching

Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: An Overview
New York Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. and CCSS co-author David Coleman discuss the history and core principles of the Common Core State Standards and what it will mean to implement them.
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David Coleman: Teaching the Gettysburg Address
Teaching the Gettysburg Address
CCSS co-author David Coleman describes a Common Core Exemplar for High School ELA: A close reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
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Webcast Series: On Common Core (School Library Journal)
In these one-hour webcasts, library, literacy, and education experts explore how to effectively implement the Common Core. Topics include: creating a school culture of reading, getting just-right books into kids' hand and increasing engagement with quality non-fiction.
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Top Articles on Effective Teaching

Key Shifts of the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy
Expert Susan Lafond provides an overview of the ways in which Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy differ from the standards that states currently use.

International Reading Association's Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards
This guide focuses on issues that have been especially confusing or challenging to implement, and provides recommendations related to each issue. Topics include the use of challenging texts, foundational skills, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, disciplinary literacy, and diverse learners.

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners
Jennifer Himmel of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners.

Making Sense of the Common Core (PPT)
In this presentation from May 2012, Professor Timothy Shanahan provides important foundational information about the Common Core State Standards. The slides describe the rigor inherent within the Standards as well as information about the structure and the progression of skills.

Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice
Robert Rothman, from the Alliance for Excellent Education, outlines nine ways the Common Core will change classroom practice in math and English Language Arts (ELA). Among the changes outlined for ELA, students will read more nonfiction, there will be a focus on evidence, and students will read more difficult text.

Writing: Expert Insight

Value of narrative writing


Listen as experts discuss role of writing in the Common Core Classroom.

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Language of Common Core

Close reading


For Johanna Heppeler, close reading includes going back to the text for multiple readings and determining whether sources corroborate each other.

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Reading: Expert Insight

Multiple texts


Listen as Dr. Cynthia Shanahan describes the importance of multiple texts in the Common Core Classroom.

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Classroom Technology

One-to-one technology


AP teacher Ms. Heppeler describes what she sees as the challenges and possibilities of one-to-one technology in teaching the Common Core State Standards.

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Special Education

Scaffolding close reading


6th grade teacher Jodi Hoard describes how she supports her students in special education by carefully structuring her close reading time.

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Engaging Your Students

When does it click?


Sometimes it's not until after they’ve left your class. Listen to Johanna Heppeler talk about why she loves teaching high-school history.

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