Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading of Text"

The purpose of this primer is to assist teachers in understanding close reading and employing it in the classroom, which is an instructional emphasis of the Common Core. The primer addresses the following key questions:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 55
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:48

Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School

This educator practice guide is part of the What Works Clearinghouse. From the IES abstract: “This practice guide provides four recommendations that address what works for English learners during reading and content area instruction. Each recommendation includes extensive examples of activities...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 45
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 09:35

Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units

Kate Kinsella advocates for the use of “narrow reading” units as ways to build word knowledge and literate discourse for English learners and under-resourced students. Narrow reading is the reading of several texts by one author or about a single topic of interest.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 74
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:18

The Core Six: 6 Essential Teaching Strategies for Excellence

What if you only had time and money to use and purchase six tools to teach your entire curriculum? What would those six tools be? According to the authors, those six tools are: (1) Reading for Meaning, (2) Compare and Contrast, (3) Inductive Learning, (4) Circle of Knowledge, (5) Write to Learn,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:08

Literacy Design Collaborative

LDC is a national community of educators providing a teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas. Tools and resources include the Teacher Workspace, LDC Exemplary Module Library, Collaborative...

Number of views: 50
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:52

Helping ELLs Meet High Standards

This presentation, centered around the Gettysburg Address, provides an overview of general techniques for providing English language learners (ELLs) with a content preview. Methods include: the use of guiding questions; building background knowledge; bootstrapping on L1 knowledge and skills; pre-...

Number of views: 23
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:45

Building Common Core Skills: Beyond “Turn and Talk”

Many teachers rely on Turn and Talks or Think-Pair-Shares. These are great methods, but how can you build on them to prepare students for the demands of more complicated conversations? This resource provides a process (discussion norms, steps, video examples, and sentence starters) for building...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:23

Supporting Language Learners to Meet the Demands of the CCSS ELA

The "Supporting Language Learners with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts" module has four objectives: (1) situate the support of language learners within Wisconsin’s education initiatives; (2) review the different types of language learners; (3) gain familiarity with research on...

Number of views: 24
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:06

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