Writing for Designers

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ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Arabic

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This resource details proficiency guidelines for Arabic learners in the four major categories of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. It separates proficiency into five major levels: distinguished, superior, advanced, intermediate, and novice. Advanced, intermediate, and novice are further divided into high, mid, and low sublevels. Examples of Arabic in each of the categories and levels are provided, with rater comments included.

Material Type: Lesson

ASCD Common Core Policy and Implementation

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ASCD Director of Public Policy David Griffith shares in-depth information about the various effects the adoption of the Common Core State Standards have had on education policy from the Department of Education down to the school district level. Using his insight from the field, Common Core State Standards Lead Strategist Efrain Mercado shares common hurdles and questions associated with implementing the new standards.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: David Griffith and Efrain Mercado

ASCD The Common Core of a Whole Child Approach

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Too often, high standards and a whole child approach are seen as opposite ends of the education spectrum. In this webinar, Molly McCloskey debunks the myth of standards versus support and shares the relationship between the Common Core State Standards and a school improvement approach that ensures each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Going beyond the silos of too many school reform efforts, this webinar will explore integration, collaboration, and comprehensive framing rooted in high expectations for student and staff achievement.

Material Type: Lecture, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Molly McCloskey

The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections Between the CCSS and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework

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The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is currently spearheading the revision of the national standards for arts education for the first time since their creation in 1994, and this presents a significant opportunity to highlight the overlap between the Common Core’s objectives and the practices of arts-based learning. Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform initiatives nationwide, it is a priority of the Coalition to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Core Arts Standards relate clearly, directly, and meaningfully to the Common Core, and that these connections are actively considered as a part of the standards writing process. In an effort to inform the work of the standards writers, College Board researchers undertook a study of the Common Core standards as they relate to arts-based learning.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy


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In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad finds that by arranging triangle tiles they are able to create a path that will allow them to cross a river of hot lava. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: U.S. Department of Education, WNET


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An interactive applet and associated web page that introduce the concept of a triangle. The applet shows a triangle where the user can drag the vertices to reshape it. As it is being dragged a base and altitude are shown continuously changing. Demonstrates that the altitude may require the base to be extended. The text on the page lists the properties of a triangle and lists the various triangle types, with links to a definition of each. Applet can be enlarged to full screen size for use with a classroom projector. This resource is a component of the Math Open Reference Interactive Geometry textbook project at http://www.mathopenref.com.

Material Type: Reading, Simulation

Author: John Page