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. 

Burro's Tortillas: Writing a Cooperative Paragraph

In this video, the teacher walks her students through a cooperative paragraph summarizing story beginning, middle, and end, using small group work, visual support to foster interaction and oral language development and content-embedded written "mistakes" to teach spelling, punctuation, and...

Number of views: 39
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:48

Burro's Tortillas (1st Grade Unit)

This examplar first-grade unit contains 9 lessons and is based upon the picture book Burro's Tortillas by Terri Fields, a Southwestern adaptation of The Little Red Hen. It includes a "realia" walk, interactive readings, and a cooperative paragraph.

Number of views: 37
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:08

ELA 3–8 Professional Development Materials—Day 1: Scaffolding Texts and Tasks for English Language Learners

This website contains professional development presentations and materials on English language arts in grades 3-8.

Number of views: 37
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:46

Summer Residential Program Experiences as Perceived by Gifted Diné Youth

This qualitative study examines the experiences and perceptions of ten gifted Diné (Navajo) students from low-income families who received full scholarships to attend a university-based summer residential program. The effects of the residential enrichment program on these students is explored....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 11/25/2014 - 09:49

Burro's Tortillas: Introducing Burro’s Tortillas

In this video, the teacher introduces the Burro's Tortillas lesson plan, explains its connection to "The Little Red Hen," and discusses why her students love the story. This is an example of culturally responsive instruction that makes text-to-text connections.

Number of views: 36
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:13

Interacting with Complex Texts: Jigsaw Project

This lesson is part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit. In this lesson, students work in groups to analyze speeches (complex oral texts) and share expertise. This resource provides insight on effective use of heterogeneous grouping and scaffolding techniques.

Number of views: 36
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 09:58

School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report

This report describes work conducted for the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE). In conjunction with tribal leaders and communities, WHIAIANE conducted a series of listening sessions in October and November 2014 across the United States. At these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 34
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:59

Models and Modeling: An Introduction

This paper describes how modeling works in concert with all the other science practices in the classroom to promote students’ reasoning and understanding of core science ideas. Modeling usually works in tandem with another practice–explanation. These two practices are at the heart of disciplinary...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:38

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