Short videos on Common Core- worth watching

by admin2012 on January 20, 2014

Find out about Common Core State Standards by viewing these brief videos (links listed below).

Note the skills listed in 1970 compared to the skills listed in 2010:



Common Core Standards – the Beginning

by admin2012 on January 15, 2014

California joined with 45 other states in August of 2010 when it adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The focus of these standards is to increase the level of rigor while providing academic expectations that will lead to increased college and career readiness for our students.

So what does this mean?  Well, our discussion begins with an examination of the CCSS for English Language Arts (ELA).  These standards, in total, identify what it means to be “literate” in the 21st century.  Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, students will learn and increase skills guided by specific standards in Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language.  These are not new standards areas and a cross disciplinary approach is also not new.  What this new set of standards has done is to incorporate current research (this is new, because the research data is new) and input from educational professionals and stakeholders (not a new concept).  California has added special additions (marked with a CA in the Standards) to maintain consistency with past standards.  But in reality, today’s demands are different if students are to be prepared for tomorrow’s future.  Of course these standards are evidenced and researched-based (not new).  What is new?  They are internationally bench-marked.  So what does all this mean?  Stay tuned…


Our Education System for the Animals?

April 14, 2013

A business associate, Ed Rosenthal Higher Source Sites, recently sent me this cartoon along with the statement that follows. This cartoon summed up so nicely by Albert Einstein as he stated, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing […]

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Early Math Knowledge Linked to Later Success in School

April 10, 2013

Everything your child learns in the preschool years, during their first three to five years of life, may actually predict future success in school and in life.  Josh McFarland and Rob Krupicka discuss this topic in their article “Tomorrow’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Workforce Starts with Early Education” (  Apparently, a growing body of […]

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The Value of Educational Services

November 5, 2012

Why pay for educational services?  You child is already in school, right?  It is the school’s responsibility to education your child. While many people might believe this, it is not true.  The school is responsible for providing the setting and opportunity for education not for ensuring that your child has the best education possible.  After […]

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Math: Simple PEMDAS

November 1, 2012

What is the correct answer to: 5 plus 4 times 2 minus 3 plus 4 times 5 95 or 30   Use PEMDAS, or order of operations, to check you answer Do each operation in order (if the operation isn’t in the problem, skip to the next) P – parentheses first E – exponents next […]

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Read to Your Child

October 31, 2012

The most important activity you can do with your child is READ.  You can read to her, read with her, and listen to her read.  Ten to twenty minutes every day, no excuses, will have a significant impact on your child’s reading skills. When your child doesn’t know a word, help her sound it out […]

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Reading Help

October 29, 2012

The number one concern facing many parents is that their children need help with reading.  Parents know that reading is critical to academic success.  The earlier your child develops reading readiness skills and masters basic reading skills the easier school will be for your child. The longer you wait, if your child is struggling with […]

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How to Add Value to Your Child’s Education

October 29, 2012

Are you interested in helping your child get the most out of his or her education?  Did you know that children who have good study skills and who complete their homework on time do better?  Additionally, children who receive the help they need to work at or above the level of their peers have increased […]

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