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Berkeley Unified School District Garden-Based Learning Curriculum Kindergarten - Third Grade
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The Berkeley Unified School District has pioneered garden education since the first school garden was planted at LeConte Elementary in 1983. This single garden inspired many others, and over the next twelve years it evolved into a multi-school Gardening and Cooking Program with annual support from a federal grant of $1.9 million from the California Nutrition Network. We lost this funding in 2013, along with many other nutrition and garden education programs, at which point we refocused from a nutrition-based program to one that supports teachers and students in the academic classroom.
This change encouraged us to develop a pilot curriculum in 2013–1014, with support from teachers, garden educators, and consultants from the Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley. Our team of experts gleaned from existing lessons and research to synthesize drafts to best fit our own school gardens. We rewrote the pilot lessons with input from our school communities and with incredible support from P. Rachel Levin, an English Language Coach, to develop academic and health targets accessible to all of our students.
The curriculum builds upon many years of educating our students in the garden and scales up content across grades and lessons for instructional scaffolding. It is designed as an interactive teaching tool to be co-taught with classroom teachers and garden instructors as leads. Each lesson connects directly to standards: Next Generation Science, Common Core State, Physical Education, and Environmental and Health Education. Our concise and easy-to-follow lessons are a packed 45 minutes for preschool through fifth grade. Flexibility is important to us, so some lessons include several activities that teachers can choose from to accommodate their lesson plans. Consistency is also important, so we follow themes and lesson structure found in the Curriculum Map.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Jezra Thompson
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Common Core Implementation Workbook
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Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute have developed a practical Common Core Implementation Workbook for all states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

The workbook uses a proven performance management methodology known as “delivery” to lay out clear action steps for states and districts. It provides relevant information, case stories of good practice, key questions and hands-on exercises for leadership teams to complete together. Regardless of your state's timeline, the workbook offers state and district leaders the means to plan for the CCSS and then drive successful implementation.

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Reading
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Achieve and U.S. Education Delivery Institute
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Date Added:
05/16/2012
Common Core State Standards Mathematics Curriculum Materials Analysis Project
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The purpose of the CCSS Mathematics Curriculum Analysis Project is to provide a set of tools that will assist K-12 textbook adoption committees, school administrators, and K-12 teachers in selecting mathematics curriculum materials that support implementation of the newly developed CCSSM. The tools are designed to provide educators with objective measures and information to guide their selection of mathematics curriculum materials based on evidence of the materials‰ŰŞ alignment with the CCSSM and support for implementation of the CCSSM in classrooms.

Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Council of Chief State School Officers
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Common Core Reference Collection
Date Added:
05/15/2012
Critical Policy Levers for Effective Implementation of Common Core State Standards for ELLs
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This paper argues that the heightened expectations around language in the new standards pose major challenges for all students who engage with rich academic content, especially English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors make five policy recommendations designed to give ELLs the educational supports necessary to meet the new higher standards.

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Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
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Lecture
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Author:
Delia Pompa, Kenji Hakuta
Date Added:
04/11/2012
EQuIP Evaluation and Alignment Tool
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Learn how to use OER Commons Digital Version of the EQuIP Rubric Alignment and Evaluation Tool to align appropriate resources to the Common Core State Standards, and to evaluate resources against certain aspects of quality.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Interactive
Author:
Michelle Brennan
Date Added:
01/25/2017
OER Evaluation Tool
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Learn how to use OER Common Common Core Alignment and Evaluation Tool to align appropriate resources to the Common Core State Standards, and to evaluate the resource against certain aspects of quality.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Letha Goger
Date Added:
01/26/2017
OER Evaluation Tool - Remix
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Learn how to use OER Common Common Core Alignment and Evaluation Tool to align appropriate resources to the Common Core State Standards, and to evaluate the resource against certain aspects of quality.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Velma English
Date Added:
01/16/2018