The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

Early applications and nominations for The New Teacher Project’s (TNTP) Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice are due tomorrow (12/3/2014).  However, applications will be accepted through January 21, 2014.  The prize awards $25,000 to up to five full-time teachers in public schools that serve at least 40% low-income students.  Eligible teachers must demonstrate: An extraordinary ability to lead students from …

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Texas State Board of Education Releases State-Adopted List with 405 Science, Math and Technical Applications Products

The State Board of Education today adopted a list of 405 science, math and technical application instructional materials, 303 of which state review panels determined to be 100 percent aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The remaining 102 state-adopted products are aligned to between 50 and 100 percent of the TEKS. How are you going to review all of the available products to determine which are best for your students? Learning List can help!

Proclamation 2014: Online Instructional Materials and the Challenge of Bandwidth

As we noted in a previous post, the Texas Education Agency has indicated that most of the products submitted in response to Proclamation 2014 are online materials. As most educators know, innovative online resources have the power to transform learning; however, they rapidly can become sources of frustration for both teachers and students when inadequate bandwidth, or internet speed,  results …

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Proclamation 2014: New Materials and New Challenges in Texas

Later this month, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) will adopt instructional materials submitted in response to Proclamation 2014, which calls for K-8 math, K-12 science, and technology applications resources. In a press release  issued in September, the Texas Education Agency reported that more than 1,200 instructional materials had been submitted for state adoption. As the process proceeded, many …

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What is a Lexile?

While attending recent Proclamation 2014 vendor conferences, we heard many publisher representatives explain that their products included Lexile-based reading levels that adapted reading passages for readers at, below, or above grade level.  In this post we discuss Lexiles and how they may be used to adjust reading levels, as well as their limitations. A Lexile is a widely-used reading measure …

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Grants and Funding Update

As a means to support educators in identifying resources that will meet their students’ needs, Learning List provides periodic updates about grants and funding opportunities focused on improving education. Today’s post highlights some opportunities that are currently accepting applications and proposals. Emerging Teacher Leaders The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is providing grants of up to $6,000 to support …

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Learning List Meets the Business Roundtable’s Call to Action

On Monday, the Business Roundtable released a report, Taking Action on Education and Workforce Preparedness, which outlines a plan for preparing the U.S. workforce to be competitive in the 21st century. The plan calls for full implementation of the Common Core State Standards, asserting that the CCSS are more rigorous than previous state standards, aligned with the expectations of higher …

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It’s Raining IM in Texas

Yesterday, the Texas State Board of Education held a public hearing on the instructional materials submitted for state adoption this year. Not surprisingly, most of the testimony focused on science textbooks, and in particular biology textbooks. Historically, only products that addressed 100 percent of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) were eligible for state adoption. However, in 2011, the …

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Harder vs. More Rigorous

During a public hearing over social studies lessons included in Texas’s CSCOPE curriculum management system, educators and members of Texas’s State Board of Education got into a discussion about the meaning of “rigor.” All agreed that giving students material that is developmentally appropriate for a higher grade may be “harder,” but is not more rigorous.  Research suggests that rigorous instructional materials: …

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Grants and Funding Update: “Family Engagement”- Deadline Approaching

Parental engagement is a well-documented contributor to student success. So much so, that the Texas legislature just added a requirement to the state accountability system that districts make public a self-evaluation of, among other factors, the level of community and parental involvement. Here’s a carrot….the application deadline for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Family Engagement Grants is September 23, 2013. WKKF …

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