College and career readiness has grown to be a hot topic that is on the mind of every educational leader in the nation. But being college and career ready takes more than just career counseling or use of software in the classroom, it takes personalized, differentiated instruction that starts at an early age. Students must understand their unique strengths and interests, and teachers must see themselves as part of the global working world. Innovators in education shared their expertise on preparing students to be ready for the working world in a recent edWebinar.
In this edWebinar, high school co-teachers Elizabeth Hauser and Katherine Young demonstrate how to channel motivation to increase literacy skills in struggling adolescent students.
“If we don’t have enough time or resources to do everything we’re asked to do, or want to do in the classroom, what should we do?” Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness, asked. With limited time and resources, teachers often have to prioritize what goes on in their classrooms. In “Yes They Can: The Five Highest Impact Priority Practices for Classrooms,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by The Center for College & Career Readiness, Kevin delved into the top five critical classroom practices.
Students retain less than 10% of what they read alone, but 75% of what they practice by doing. The idea of a “makerspace” has captured imaginations as we consider how we enable student learning through creative projects. In this research-driven session, Kevin Baird (Chairman, non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness) leads us to understand the core elements of creativity and how we can provide students with rigorous, powerful learning experiences through lens of a literacy makerspace.
In this edWeb.net webinar, presented by the College and Career Readiness community, Kevin Baird discussed research regarding best practices and investigated pedagogy and implementation.
What do the most difficult assessment items look like in English Language Arts and Math? How can we prepare our students for increased rigor on Common Core Assessments, including those aligned assessments in Advanced Placement Courses, International Baccalaureate, and on the SAT and ACT exams?
The application of reading, writing and original thinking is research, and the research simulation is at the heart of the Common Core Performance Task and accountable Problem Based / Inquiry Based Learning.
The writing standards represent the “synthesis” level for College & Career Readiness. Short Constructed Response requirements set the stage for what is expected in the Writing and Performance Task assessments.
College & Career Readiness in a global economy has led to a new definition of what students need to know and be able to do. Those “College & Career Readiness Standards” – whether Common Core or TEKS – have key indicators of Rigor.