Monthly Archives: February 2015

PARCC Administration Logistical Tips

As we approach the PARCC Assessment starting line, many schools are conducting dry runs with practice tests to troubleshoot in advance. Based on research and discussions in the field, here are some tips that may be helpful when you administer … Continue reading

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Another Helpful Resource for Finding Appropriate Texts!

There’s a new Website in town to help teachers identify texts: Commonlit.org. Founder and CEO Michelle S. Brown explains in a MiddleWeb post today that she and 15 other Harvard Ed grad students teamed up to solve a common problem … Continue reading

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UPCOMING PRESENTATION: “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?”

I am pleased to report that I will present a workshop on “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?” at the NJ Charter Schools Annual Conference on March 30, 2015 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. For registration details, click here. Many … Continue reading

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PARCC Technical Glitch: Highlighting Problems #PARCC

I just received an Email from a teacher alerting me to a problem with the highlighting functionality on the ELA PARCC Online Practice Test. If you highlight something on one page, when you click forward to the next two questions, … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION 2.0

One impediment to change in any situation or field is that we tend to hesitate to believe in things we haven’t seen with our own eyes. Sometimes when you want to solve a problem, the solution doesn’t exist. But sometimes … Continue reading

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PARCC End-of-Year (EOY) ELA Practice Tests Are Now Available!

In case you do not subscribe to the PARCC Newsletter, this good news arrived today: We can now see what will likely be on the May assessments. I took a quick look at the practice tests, and they are READING … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: Learning from Failure

One of the schools I work with had a HUGE breakthrough yesterday, and as odd as it might sound, it came as a result of what might have looked like a colossal failure. We’d designed some practice PARCC literary analysis … Continue reading

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