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<p>Just in case you missed the NCLE Smartbrief articlelinks&nbsp;regarding the Common&nbsp;Core &quot;controversy&quot; about&nbsp;literature and non-fiction reading ratios:</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/10/what-english-classes-should-look-like-in-common-core-era/" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/10/what-english-classes-should-look-like-in-common-core-era/</a></p>
<p>This article contains a guest blog by Carol Jago who served on the CC framework committee and assures teachers of English that they are to primarily teach and promote literature.</p>
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<p><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/01/three_new_publications_from_ac.html" target="_blank">http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/01/three_new_publications_from_ac.html</a></p>
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<p><font color="#0000ff"><font size="4" face="Script MT Bold">Fawn B. Morgan</font>, Teacher Librarian,<strong>
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 the Common Core State Standards will not reduce students' reading of literature in favor of technical documents, but entice them to read more of all works -- from poetry to literary nonfiction, writes Carol Jago, associate director of the California Reading
 and Literature Project. For students to read independently and proficiently, they must read more often than just at school, Jago writes in this guest blog post. &quot;To reverse this trend we need to make English classrooms vibrant places where compelling conversations
 about great works of literature take place every day,&quot; says Jago, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.
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<li style="COLOR: #666666"><font style="COLOR: #000000"><b>Common core guide says students should read more of everything:</b> &nbsp; The Common Core State Standards demands a dramatic increase in overall reading, according to a new guide, but does not necessarily
 mean that nonfiction works will replace the fictional titles that traditionally have been part of the curriculum, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. &quot;Because literacy is now a shared responsibility among all teachers, reading should
 dramatically increase in all content areas,&quot; the guide states. &quot;While English teachers may use more informational text, students may actually read more literature not less.&quot;
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<font style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; COLOR: #000000; FONT-SIZE: 13px; FONT-WEIGHT: normal">The North Penn School District in Lansdale, Pa., is using a $1.17 million federal Keystones to Opportunity grant to improve literacy education throughout the school district.
 Teachers at all grade levels have made changes, including increased assessments and adjusted literacy curriculum, all in an effort to ensure students are ready for college and careers when they graduate, said district Assistant Superintendent Diane Holben.
 &quot;We're doing a lot of assessment and we use that data to look at each kid and see who they are as a learner,&quot; said fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Bruno.
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 has been taught for nearly 10 years, covering such topics as the differences in income that come with having a college degree, a high-school diploma or a vocational certificate.
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<font style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; COLOR: #000000; FONT-SIZE: 13px; FONT-WEIGHT: normal">Mississippi lawmakers are looking at reform efforts promoted in Florida by former Gov. Jeb Bush and his Foundation for Excellence in Education as a way to overhaul Mississippi
 schools. The five components of the &quot;Florida model&quot; are holding schools accountable for results, higher standards for students, rewarding schools success, more school choice and easier certifications for teachers. &quot;One thing that is very clear and very definite
 is we cannot continue to do business the way we have been doing it the last few years,&quot; said state Rep. John Moore, Republican chairman of the Mississippi House Education Committee.
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 Standards may require teachers to make changes in how they teach, but coaches can help them get there by taking small steps, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes. She suggests school leaders help teachers identify their current skills and
 additional skills needed, then provide appropriate professional development. &quot;It's daunting and scary and has potential for improving learning outcomes and experiences for children, as long as we map the journey that our teachers will need to take in order
 to fulfill this potential,&quot; Aguilar writes in this blog post. <a href="http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/efgjClvdzfCfrTziCidmzoBVpgjA?format=standard" target="_blank">
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<font style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; COLOR: #000000; FONT-SIZE: 13px; FONT-WEIGHT: normal">Teachers in all Memphis, Tenn., City Schools soon will begin using a video capture program as part of professional development. Using the Teachscape program, educators
 will be able to record themselves teaching in order to reflect on their own practice. They also can upload their videos to a website where other educators can view their instructional practices and offer feedback. Plans also are in the works to create a video
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