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. 

CAST UDL Book Builder

This is a free online tool to create and/or work interactively with students to create books. It also offers strategies to teachers on how to best use the tool.

Number of views: 15
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:22

"Language of Math" Task Templates

"Language of Math" Task Templates are language-focused activities that can be used by teachers to design and write their own language-focused activities. These are used or adapted tasks from two publicly accessible curriculum projects, Inside Mathematics and Mathematics Assessment Project. They...

Number of views: 53
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:28

Butterfly Unit: Accessing Complex Text in the Primary Grades

This kindergarten class of English language learners (ELLs) demonstrates Lily Wong Fillmore's guidance in how teachers can support students in acquiring and using academic language and working successfully with complex text. These ELL kindergartners have engaged in a unit studying butterflies where...

Number of views: 65
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:34

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

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: 25
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:06

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: 3,969
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:12

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: 105
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:23

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: 36
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:38

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