• How The Wheatley Portfolio is empowering teachers...
  • “The unit themes were instrumental in giving me a vision for the entire year.”
  • “I was able to execute a comprehensive ELA curriculum rich in fiction and non-fiction texts.”
  • “Well-written and easy to follow. The terminology can be used as a benchmark for understanding each unit.”
  • “The thinking my students express in their interaction with the units is really something to behold.”
  • What teachers are saying about The Alexandria Plan...
  • “I went much deeper using Alexandria whereas the lessons I taught previously barely skimmed the surface.”
  • “You gave me the background knowledge I needed to teach the text studies correctly to my students.”
  • As overheard at our Eureka Math training in Albany, NY...
  • “1st graders are demonstrating mastery of concepts that last year's 1st graders could not.”
  • “I am seeing 'academic conversations' between students and them demanding evidence from each other. Wow!!!”
  • “I have a 5th grader and I am teaching him this way of doing multiplication as soon as I get home today.”
  • “I have a college student and sure wish he had the learned the 'how' and not just the algorithm.”


Curricula for the Common Core

By Lynne Munson Topic Curriculum

How does your school district find materials to meet the new instructional demands?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”

If I were a superintendent today trying to make high-stakes decisions about Common Core-aligned curricula, I’m afraid I might feel like the narrator in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before […]

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CCSS Alignment: Great Content Required

By Sheila Byrd Carmichael Topic Curriculum, ELA, History/Social Studies

It’s like falling on a bruise.  Nearly every time I am asked to review a new curriculum or a reading program, I am struck by how very little great literature and literary nonfiction are included.  The phenomenon is not limited to English language arts; even history curricula should be filled with rich literary nonfiction (narrative history, essays, biographies, primary source accounts of events) and often isn’t.  Happily, Common Core’s Alexandria Plan for grades K-5 enables the teaching of U.S. and world […]

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SAT Redesign Puts History Back on the Map

By Lynne Munson Topic Assessment, History/Social Studies

The SAT has been revised twice in modern memory – in 1994 and in 2005 – and both left educators, parents, and students shaking their heads. So it is with some skepticism that we read up last week on the College Board’s newest changes to the infamous test and learned that, this time, the SAT may very well be coming down on the right side of history.  

With its recent announcement, the College Board shows it has been listening to over a decade of criticism […]

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Math for Life After the Test

By Lynne Munson Topic Curriculum, Math and Science

When do you know you really understand something?  One test is to see if you can explain it to someone else—well enough that they understand it. Common Core Inc.’s teachers and scholars have written math curriculum for New York students and teachers that routinely requires students to “turn and talk” and explain the math they learned to their peers.

That is because the goal of the curriculum on EngageNY is to produce students who are not merely literate, but fluent, in mathematics.  […]

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Quality Texts Hold the Answers

By Nicole Marschean and Elisabeth Mox Topic Curriculum, ELA, History/Social Studies

A new study has found startling gaps in the civic knowledge of recent American college graduates.  Perhaps the most shocking revelation is that 80% of the recent college graduates surveyed could not correctly identify James Madison as the “Father of the Constitution” and 50% erroneously believed that Thomas Jefferson, instead, wrote this historical document.  At Common Core, we were disappointed that college graduates lacked basic content knowledge that should be learned in high school, or in even earlier grades.  

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