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Monday, November 10, 2014

A great day of learning at 
Fairfield High Preparatory School!

Vertical Professional Learning Community 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Region 5 CCRS Quarterly Meeting #2 Recap:

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CCRS Implementation Team Resources 2014-2015

Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in 
History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects contains annotated writing samples to illustrate the criteria required to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for particular types of writing—argument, informative/explanatory text, and narrative—in each grade. The samples, which are actual writings from Grades K-12 students who attended school in a number of states and districts across the country, should be a valuable resource in interpreting the level of writing demanded by the standards.(page 104)

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2013 Alabama ELA Course of Study

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Curriculum Guide to the Alabama Course of Study: ELA K-12

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Grades 3–5
What it is: A collection of replacement lessons for the most commonly used basal readers.
How to use it: Use these high-quality, Common Core-aligned questions and materials
with your existing textbook.
How it's organized: Lessons are organized by grade level and listed under the title of the
basal reader with which they are used.

Fisher and Frey's Text-Dependent Questions article:
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Collaborating to Review Student Work Video:
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CCRS Quarterly Meeting #2
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 
The Lincoln Professional Development Center
901~ 9th Avenue North ~ Birmingham

CCRS Quarterly Meeting ELA K-5 Take it Back:

  • Take the EQuIP rubric review tool back to your school and use it to analyze a unit of study from any content area.
  • Use the analysis results to determine what needs updating to meet the criteria of the unit.
  • Bring back findings to share with others.
  • Begin to use The Curriculum Guide to the Alabama Course of Study: English Language Arts K-12 to provide differentiated support for special populations in Tier One instruction.

To view the calendar dates for all of the CCRS Quarterly Meetings:

Review the 2014-2015 CCRS Implementation Team Resources:




Monday, October 20, 2014

Region 5 has been planning with Bessemer City Middle and High Schools to incorporate literacy standards into strategic lessons. Using the following planning questions and the lesson planning thinking tool, we have created very engaging and literacy-rich content lessons!

Planning questions

Lesson Planning Tool

Monday, October 6, 2014

Summary of CCRS Quarterly Meeting #1:

Message from Dr. Bice
Curriculum Guides
If you are looking for ways to break standards down into prerequisite skills to support struggling learners, click on the link below. ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies K-12 courses of study are all included. Though typically used by special education teachers, this can be a great resource for all teachers.
EQuIP Quality Review Rubric
Are you looking for a tool for self-assessment of your lessons/units or self-assessment of your teaching as it relates to implementing College and Career Readiness Standards? This rubric might just be your solution. Use the link below, click on Download All and select the correct rubric (Social Studies teachers should select the ELA/Literacy).
30 hours of professional development will be available through eLearning courses starting October 1. Go to STI-PD and look at STI-PD numbers CCRSELA01, CCRSELA02, CCRSLIT01, CCRSMTH01, or CCRSMT02 for descriptions of courses related to ELA, Content Literacy, and Mathematics.
Insight Tool
The improved Alabama Insight Tool includes standards, lesson plans, and resources for K-12 in math, ELA, social studies and in content area literacy. Go to . Click on the Personal Workspace box and create a unique account. The Alabama Insight Tool button is included with other resources available for teacher use after you create an account. The individual accounts are customizable for content.
Great Technology Resource

Check out for a new way to ask questions.

Monday, September 8, 2014

**Check out ARI's fabulous new website!  Click on the tab above labeled "ARI Webite" to go directly to the new website.**

Don't miss this exciting event happening all across our state!

Miss The Future of Public Education Tour location near you?  
Click the link below to view the previously recorded presentation at Carver High School:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

UAB Pre-Service Training: ARI Beginning Reading

Resources and Links

Professional books:

Explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension.

A list of the critical words students must know to be successful with the Common Core State Standards and any other standardized assessment they encounter. 

Assessment resources and tools you need to document a child’s strengths and areas of need and get effective instructional strategies to teach skills that are missing.


Make Take & Teach Blog:

Printable resources for teaching reading:

Download Progress Monitoring materials and other early literacy resources:

Phoneme Segmentation Assessment:

San Diego Quick Assessment:


Useful Apps:

audioboo logo

Great to allow students to record themselves reading - for fluency, reports, and other projects.

Reading Rockets

Table Tap Method Explanation: