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What the Media Is Getting Wrong About the Common Core State Standards

By Katherine McKnight, Ph.D., author of The Common Sense Guide to the Common Core Having been an educator for more than 25 years, I am always suspicious of new initiatives, since they often serve political agendas rather than the best … Continue reading

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Common Core-fuffle?

By Jim Delisle, coauthor of Building Strong Writers in Middle School and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide. I’m not sure how to spell “kerfuffle”—indeed, I’m not even sure it’s a real word—but if it is real, then there is a … Continue reading

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Revision and Relationships

by Keith Hefner, publisher and executive director of Youth Communication When students revise their writing—an important Common Core skill—they get the chance to reflect further on their topics and sharpen their ideas. However, even eager writers can balk at rewriting a … Continue reading

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Active Learning on the First Day of School

By Hope Sara Blecher-Sass, Ed.D., and Maryellen Moffitt, coauthors of See It, Be It, Write It As the summer days get shorter, you may be wondering about your new students and the opening of a new school year. Many teachers are thinking … Continue reading

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The Common Core, Hard-to-Reach Students, and the Personal Essay

by Keith Hefner, publisher and executive director of Youth Communication When I first read the Common Core State Standards for language arts, I was impressed with the thoroughness, and with the emphasis on reading and writing nonfiction. The standards aligned … Continue reading

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