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SoMIRAC’s 21st Century Literacy Leaders Committee unveils its inaugural newsletter

The State of Maryland International Reading Association Council’s 21st Century Literacy Leaders Committee released its first bi-monthly newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide specialized information to Maryland’s literacy leaders. As our state’s schools build teacher capacity in preparation for the Common Core … Continue reading

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Why are educators petrified to assign complex text?

At first, I was afraid, I was petrified Kept thinking, I could never live without you by my side But then I spent so many nights thinking, how you did me wrong And I grew strong and I learned how … Continue reading

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New Information, Old Hat Lessons

I have just finished reading this book, “Getting to the Core of English Language Arts Grades 6-12,” and my assessment of its quality and efficacy is split. To be specific, the chapters that discuss the standards themselves are great, while … Continue reading

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Leadership for Literacy

Improve literacy! That seems to be the annual cry, especially in middle and high schools. Intervention programs can work, when used according the publisher’s recommendations. The challenge tends to be that well-intentioned leaders rely on them as a cure-all. The other … Continue reading

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Common Core Brings Metacognition Back

The Common Core State Standards require students to not only use higher order thinking skills, but to employ all of the dimensions of learning, thus bringing back student accountability via his or her metacognitive concession. The mental manager for information … Continue reading

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Peer Coaching

As schools move forward with building teacher capacity in preparation for the Common Core Standards, peer coaching is one professional development model that should be considered. Below is a quick synopsis of peer coaching taken from the ASCD website. What … Continue reading

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