What are the resources related to PARCC available for teachers for professional development?

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New teacher evaluations.

New State Tests .

New Standards .

The myriad of educational changes may seem overwhelming at times, especially for teachers who are trying to juggle the typical demands of a classroom, all the while adjusting their instruction and practice to reflect the continual educational shifts.

And although the extra time and effort needed to make these changes are unavoidable to a certain extent, there are resources available to help make the transition smoother.

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Resources can generally be broken into four main categories:

  • General
  • ELA
  • Math
  • Test Preparation
  • Few of the General Resources sites are:

    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium provide information regarding what to expect on their website

    http://www.parcconline.org
    http://www.smarterbalanced.org

    Achieve the Core

    http://achievethecore.org

    Corestandards.org

    http://www.corestandards.org

    Scholastic

    http://commoncore.scholastic.com

    The Teaching Channel

    https://www.teachingchannel.org/

    The National Education Association (NEA)

    http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/14047-CommonCore_Toolkit_14.pdf

    Videos. Check out the many videos at:

    http://www.state.nj.us/education/sca/ppt/gears/

    Note: If you are not an educator in New Jersey, visit your state’s website from the Department of Education for state-specific PARCC information.

    The Common Core Professional Learning Series.

    http://www.isbe.net/common_core/pls/

    Online Professional Learning.

    http://www.parcconline.org/professional-learning-modules-parcc-assessments


    ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS RESOURCES


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    Heinemann resources.

    http://www.heinemann.com/search/searchResults.aspx?s=all&q=PARCC

    Close reading articles.

    http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/special-reports/close-reading-mastered-strategies-for-every-student

    PARCC Implementation: Curriculum and Model Content Frameworks for ELA

    http://www.parcconline.org
    http://www.parcconline.org/parcc-model-content-frameworks


    MATH RESOURCES


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    Achieve the Core Modules.

    Achieve the Core provides online modules to assist educators, with the following mathematics professional development sessions:

    “Introduction to the Math Shifts” and “Deep Dive into the Math Shifts.”

    http://achievethecore.org/page/680/professional-development-list-page

    ASCD Webinars.

    http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/common-core-webinars.aspx

    Education World Articles.

    http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/boxcars.shtml

    NCTM Workshops for Elementary & Middle School Teachers.

    http://www.nctm.org/profdev/default.aspx?id=39870

    NCTM Workshops for High School Teachers.

    http://www.nctm. org/conferences/

    Marzano Training.

    http://www.marzanoresearch.com/professional-development/workshops-conferences


    TEST PREPARATION


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    The below sites help in preparing the student for upcoming exams

    PARCC practice questions. From the makers of the test itself, PARCC’s website now offers test-type questions in its intended environment. Click on http://www.parcconline.org/samples/item-task-prototypes and http://parcc. pearson.com/pearsonaccess/ to view not only the types of questions your child may encounter but also the format of the test itself.

    Online Test Practice Rehearsal.

    Several vendors have products to help students experience new question types in an online format such as

  • Lumos Learning
  • Triumph Learning
  • Curriculum Associates
  • Study Island
  • IXL
  • Practice books.

    The students could use the following resources to review and master the topics included in the Common Core State Standards, as well as practice for the PARCC test.

  • Lumos Learning
  • Carson-Dellosa
  • Publishing
  • Mark Twain Media
  • Test Master Press
  • For more practice, you can take advantage of Lumos Learning’s StepUp Program. This provides four practice tests, 2 PBAs and 2 EOYs, which give students opportunities to answer PARCC-like questions, along with getting used to the test format, directions, and simply taking a computerized test. Additionally, students will have access to hundreds of questions by standard for additional practice. For more information on how to access the program, visit:

    Computer-based PARCC Practice Program for Schools

    Online PARCC Practice for Students

    The above article is an excerpt from PARCC Guidebook: Success Strategies for Teachers: Professional Development.

    To learn more about the book, click here.

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