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April 2, 2016
This Week: Get Ready For A Common Core Q&A
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Tch Laureates and Core Advocates from Student Achievement Partners will answer your questions about Common Core. Find out more!
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Sarah Brown Wessling helps make sense of the Common Core State Standards as a way to focus on the “skills of learning.”
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Join hundreds of other teachers as they learn from each other through an interactive video experience at Tch Video Lounge.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

Next week, my 7th graders will spend three days taking the New York State English Language Arts state exam. They’ll read complex — and hopefully relevant — passages and answer a series of questions to measure their mastery of the Common Core State Standards. My colleagues and I have collaboratively dug into the standards to help our students become better readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and thinkers. It’s been great to work together to think through the best ways to help a student analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text or determine the meaning of a new word, but we still have a lot of questions. Luckily, in a few weeks we’ll have access to a group of eight accomplished educators from across the country to answer some of our burning questions. The Common Core Q&A session will run from April 10-16, and is the perfect opportunity for us to learn from the best experts in the field — our fellow teachers! My colleagues and I will be submitting questions and hopefully you’ll share yours too. If you do, we can all get better together.

SarahTom Jenkins

Teacher Channel Laureate
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Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: I am having a difficult time preventing a few of my sixth graders from cheating on tests. I have a few ideas, but please share.
Q: How do you prepare students for state testing in lower/higher grades?
Q: What is the easiest way to get other content areas to understand and teach text complexity?
Mark Your Calendar
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Join the Tch-led session Coaches and Cameras: Instructional Models and Homegrown Video Libraries, on Saturday, April 2, from 1-2 pm.

Atlanta, GAApril 2-4
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April 10-16
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Tch Laureate Kristin Gray will be presenting at this year’s NCTM. You can connect with Kristin via Twitter: @mathminds.

San Francisco, CAApril 13-16
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Join us for Tch TeamsFest! This annual event is a deep dive into using video as an integral part of professional learning.

Palm Springs, CA May 19-20
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