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. 

Academic Word List (AWL) Highlighter

The main purpose of this website is to help students expand their academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL). However, teachers can also use this online tool to help identify academic vocabulary words in instructional text. The AWL, created by Dr. Averil Coxhead, consists of the 570...

Number of views: 3,903
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:12

Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum

This handbook presents an overview of culturally responsive Alaska Native science curriculum, including vignettes and samples of classroom lessons. The author describes ways in which existing learning models can be modified to include Alaskan Native methods for teaching and learning, with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 296
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:06

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

From the website: "English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives examines the research on English learners (ELs)’ learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects and provides guidance on how to improve learning outcomes in STEM for these students. This report...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 166
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:36

Math in a Cultural Context

Math in a Cultural Context (MCC) is set of interrelated, federally-funded projects that collaborate with Yup’ik elders, teachers, and Alaskan school districts to create culturally-based curriculum materials. MCC has produced supplemental mathematics modules (three for grade 2, one for grades 3–5,...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:07

Engaging Native American Learners with Rigor and Cultural Relevance

In this brief, the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement presents three strategies to increase Native American student achievement and engagement. The strategies focus on: instructional practices, curriculum content, and school climate.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 122
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:06

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: 104
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:23

Interacting with Complex Texts: Scaffolding Reading

This lesson is part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit. In this video, the teacher works with struggling students and prepares them to access complex text by scaffolding their background knowledge on the text.

Number of views: 102
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:02

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: 75
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:18

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