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CP 30: Using Assessments to Boost Student Achievement
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In the EL Education model, teachers and leaders use a variety of assessment types to measure students’ mastery of standards and regularly involve students in understanding and analyzing their own assessment data. (See also Core Practice 29: Checking for Understanding in Daily Instruction.) Teachers use high-quality assessment data, both formative and summative, to reflect on the effectiveness of curriculum, instruction, and schoolwide structures such as schedules, academic groupings, and intervention programs. Finally, assessments provide a body of evidence for grading, reporting, promotion, and graduation that must be communicated to the community, district, state, and other stakeholders.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
07/23/2018
Content Standards: Connecting Standards-Based Curriculum to Instructional Planning
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Teachers are required to implement the adopted content standards and to make the connection between standards-based curriculum and the planning and designing of lessons to ensure that students meet expected content standards. This Module serves as a basic guide for the process (est. completion time: 2.5 hours).

Subject:
Special Education
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Vanderbilt University
Provider Set:
IRIS Center
Date Added:
09/04/2018
Drawing Designs in Detail
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Students practice creating rudimentary detail drawings. They learn how engineers communicate the technical information about their designs using the basic components of detail drawings. They practice creating their own drawings of a three-dimensional block and a special LEGO piece, and then make 3D sketches of an unknown object using only the information provided in its detail drawing.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Benjamin S. Terry
Brandi Briggs
Denise W. Carlson
Stephanie Rivale
Date Added:
09/18/2014
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Much Ado About Nothing
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This unit uses William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as a vehicle to help students consider how a person is powerless in the face of rumor and how reputations can alter lives, both for good and for ill. They will consider comedy and what makes us laugh. They will see how the standards of beauty and societal views toward women have changed since the Elizabethan Age and reflect on reasons for those changes. As students consider the play, they will write on the passages that inspire and plague them and on topics relating to one of the themes in the play. Finally, they will bring Shakespeare’s words to life in individual performances and in group scene presentations.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Students read Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing .
Students read two Shakespearean sonnets and excerpts from an Elizabethan morality handbook dealing with types of women, and they respond to them from several different perspectives.
For each work of literature, students do some writing. They learn to write a sonnet; create a Prompt Book; complete a Dialectical Journal; and write an analytical essay about a topic relating to a theme in the play.
Students see Shakespeare’s play as it was intended to be seen: in a performance. They memorize 15 or more lines from the play and perform them for the class. Students take part in a short scene as either a director or an actor.

GUIDING QUESTIONS

These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts.

What are society’s expectations with regard to gender roles?
Does humor transcend time? Do we share the same sense of humor as our ancestors?
How do we judge people?
How important is reputation?

BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT (Cold Read)

During this unit, on a day of your choosing, we recommend you administer a Cold Read to assess students’ reading comprehension. For this assessment, students read a text they have never seen before and then respond to multiple-choice and constructed-response questions. The assessment is not included in this course materials.

CLASSROOM FILMS

The Branagh version of Much Ado About Nothing is available on DVD through Netflix and for streaming through Amazon. Other versions are also available on both sites.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Pearson
Helping All Learners: Interest
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Differentiation by interest means building instruction based on the interests that students bring to the classroom, or by offering students choices within a chunk of instruction that they want to dive more deeply into. At EL Education, we believe that it is essential for units of study (i.e., modules, expeditions) to focus on content and skills required by Common Core or state learning standards and local curriculum maps, so that all classroom time is spent on work addressing what is essential. Therefore, the topics studied are usually determined by school-wide structures, such as standards-aligned curriculum maps. While topics of study are standards-driven, the means by which students study them can vary by interest. This ensures that the knowledge, skills, and concepts students learn are always based on standards.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
10/15/2018
Helping All Learners: Scaffolding
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The combination of respectful learning standards and an excellent curriculum is a powerful place to begin the exciting work of helping all learners succeed. However, the needs of some students for processing new learning require thoughtful scaffolding.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
10/15/2018
High-Quality Mathematics Instruction: What Teachers Should Know
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This Module describes the components of high-quality mathematics instruction: a standards-based curriculum and evidence-based practices. It also highlights a number of evidence-based practices as well as other classroom practices that teachers can use to teach mathematics (est. completion time: 1.5 hours).

Subject:
Special Education
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Vanderbilt University
Provider Set:
IRIS Center
Date Added:
09/07/2018
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategic Plan 2015-2019
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This resource contains a technical report on ITS's strategic plan for the years 2015 to 2019 and presents a wide array of technical, policy, institutional, and organizational concepts.

Subject:
Automotive Technology and Repair
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
Provider Set:
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Author:
USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems, Joint Program Office
Date Added:
05/19/2014
Introduction to Technology and Policy, Fall 2006
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Frameworks and Models for Technology and Policy students explore perspectives in the policy process -- agenda setting, problem definition, framing the terms of debate, formulation and analysis of options, implementation and evaluation of policy outcomes using frameworks including economics and markets, law, and business and management. Methods include cost/benefit analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, and system dynamics. Exercises for Technology and Policy students include developing skills to work on the interface between technology and societal issues; simulation exercises; case studies; and group projects that illustrate issues involving multiple stakeholders with different value structures, high levels of uncertainty, multiple levels of complexity; and value trade-offs that are characteristic of engineering systems. Emphasis on negotiation, team building and group dynamics, and management of multiple actors and leadership. This course explores perspectives in the policy process - agenda setting, problem definition, framing the terms of debate, formulation and analysis of options, implementation and evaluation of policy outcomes using frameworks including economics and markets, law, and business and management. Methods include cost/benefit analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, and system dynamics. Exercises include developing skills to work on the interface between technology and societal issues; simulation exercises; case studies; and group projects that illustrate issues involving multiple stakeholders with different value structures, high levels of uncertainty, multiple levels of complexity; and value trade-offs that are characteristic of engineering systems. Emphasis on negotiation, team building and group dynamics, and management of multiple actors and leadership.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Weigel, Annalisa
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Iowa History Online - Main Page
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Iowa History Online provides online support for teachers of Iowa history at the elementary and secondary levels. Included are Iowa history benchmarks, scope and sequence models, curriculum guides, Iowa literature, Iowa history textbooks, field trips, primary source materials and a listing of contact persons for assistance in teaching Iowa history.

The purpose of this website is to provide teachers across Iowa quality resources for Iowa history. Within this website there are tabs to assist teachers on State Requirements, Benchmarks, National Standards, Scope and Sequences, Curriculum Guides, Literature, Textbooks, Primary Source Materials and Field Trips.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Date Added:
05/04/2017
K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Standards: Grade 1: Scope and Sequence: Standards Coverage
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An outline of all of the Reading Foundations Standards and Language Standards (related to spelling) are taught and assessed in the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block. This document identifies which standards are covered in modules 1 to 4 of grade 2.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
07/16/2018
K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Standards: Grade 2: Scope and Sequence: Standards Coverage
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An outline of all of the Reading Foundations Standards and Language Standards (related to spelling) are taught and assessed in the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block. This document identifies which standards are covered in modules 1 to 4 of grade 2.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
07/16/2018
K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block Standards: Grade K: Scope and Sequence: Standards Coverage
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An outline of all of the Reading Foundations Standards and Language Standards (related to spelling) are taught and assessed in the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block. This document identifies which standards are covered in modules 1 to 4 of grade 2.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
07/16/2018
Kindergarten Mathematics Unit 2
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Comparing Numbers
Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.
For numbers 11 to19, Kindergarten students choose, combine, and apply strategies for answering
quantitative questions. This includes composing and decomposing numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones by writing and representing the numbers, counting and producing sets of given sizes, counting the number of objects in combined sets, or counting the number of objects that remain in a set after some are taken away. Objects, pictures, actions, and explanations are used to solve problems and represent thinking. Although CCGPS states, “Kindergarten students
should see addition and subtraction equations, and student writing of equations in kindergarten
is encouraged, but it is not required.” Please note: it is not until First Grade that “Understand the
meaning of the equal sign” is an expectation.
Mathematically proficient students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. While using objects to make sense of the quantities and relationships in problem situations, students thereby connect whether the answer makes sense through
comparisons and discussions. Using the mathematical language to verbalize their reasoning is an
important cognitive facet for establishing a strong place value foundation. The terms students should continue to use as they verbalize thinking are: join, add, separate, subtract, same amount as, equal, less, more, tens, and ones.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Module
Unit of Study
Provider:
Georgia Department of Education
Date Added:
06/21/2016
Leaders of Their Own Learning: Chapter 7: Passage Presentations with Portfolios
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A portfolio is a selected body of student work—with reflections—that provides evidence of a student’s progress toward standards, learning targets, and character growth. Passage presentations are benchmark presentations at the end of pivotal transition years (e.g., fifth grade, eighth grade, twelfth grade). During passage presentations, students use their portfolios as evidence to demonstrate their readiness to move on to the next level of their education. Student portfolios are the anchors for passage presentations during which students—with nervousness, excitement, and pride—stand before teachers, parents, other students, or community members and present evidence of growth and readiness to move forward with their learning.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
07/27/2018
Lessons and Activities about Arctic Peoples
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This article highlights lessons and activities for elementary students about the people and cultures of the Arctic region.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Lessons and Activities about Heat and Insulation
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This article highlights lessons and activities for elementary students about heat, insulation, and how animals and people stay warm in cold environments.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Long-Term Curriculum Planning
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EL Education recommends particular structures and priorities for curricular and instructional planning. The purpose of this document is to describe four types of long-term plans that EL teachers create: curriculum maps, learning expeditions, projects, and standards-targets-assessments (STAs).

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
EL Education
Date Added:
10/15/2018