Two new humanities units for teachers of students in grades 6 to 8, are now available from Prufrock Press:
Exploring America in the 1950s: Beneath the Formica is a unit for high ability students in grades 6 to 8 about struggling to define who the USA is in the Cold War world as Americans struggled with the confidence of winning WWII, of being a world superpower, and also the corresponding an anxiety over that influence and the weapons behind it. This humanities unit will focus on the way in which the literature, art, and music of the 1950s add a depth of understanding about the daily experience of the American people and how they felt about the events of the time, as well as showing how and why the social changes of the decade (start of the civil rights movement, beats, basis for a future feminist movement) occurred.
Exploring America in the 1960s: Our Voices Will Be Heard is a unit for high ability students in grades 6 to 8 that starts with the hope of the early 60s as seen in JFK’s Camelot, moving to increasing disillusionment and the despair by the end of the decade as those hopes are through assassinations or the involvement in Vietnam. This humanities unit focuses on the way in which the literature, art, and music of the 1960s add a greater understanding of how those living through the decade experienced and felt about those events, of how and why the social changes occurred, as well as how they gave voice to groups who were seeking a greater role in American society in the 1960s.
This website is an excellent source of of student-composed web texts for each digital media covered in the Common Core State Standards:
Engineers Week is February 16–22, 2014. Engineering is in the spotlight right now—and science teachers need to know how to incorporate it into their STEM curriculum, what resources really work, and where to get online PD to stay current. The National Science Teachers Association has developed numerous resources related to engineering:
The NCTM Illuminations website is home to more than 800 free math resources:
The William and Mary products sold through Prufrock Press align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics and English Language Arts. At the following link, you’ll find guides that indicate which standards line up with the products you’re considering purchasing:
Each document lists standards for the grade levels in each book. Because many of the books are full of challenging content, you’ll find that some of the standards for higher grade levels are included in these alignment sheets.
Prufrock Press has provided CCSS correlations for some of the CFGE’s materials. According to their information:
Each document lists standards for the grade levels in each book. Because many of Prufrock’s products are full of rigorous, challenging content, you’ll find that some of the standards for higher grade levels are included in these alignment sheets.
Go to this link for the correlations:
Please contact me about professional development needs related to the William and Mary curriculum units. The training offered can be adapted to meet the specific needs of your district.
I can conduct training about the implementation of specific units in any content area. Additionally, I can provide training about how to integrate the curriculum materials with already existing district programs.
Training about how to use the teaching models incorporated in the units can also be provided, as well as instruction in developing curriculum materials using the models.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 757-221-2588.
The Parents’ Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that 46 states have adopted. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.
See this link for the Parents’ Guide to Student Success:
Registration is now open for the Professional Summer Institute – a two day workshop for teachers, gifted program coordinators, and administrators.
The purposes of this Institute are:
1. To highlight Center for Gifted Education Materials 2. To disseminate research- based best practices 3. To provide professional development to promote leadership and exemplary practices in gifted education
- Social Studies Curriculum
- Science Curriculum
- Spatial Reasoning
- Research-based Teaching Models
- Creativity and Learning
All sessions will take place at the College of William and Mary School of Education, located at 301 Monticello Ave Williamsburg VA 23185.
Visit the http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/profdev/conferences/psi/index.php for session descriptions, lodging information, and directions.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Center for Gifted Education! There will be several special events in celebration of the anniversary:
Thursday, March 21:
– Dr. Catherine Little will deliver the Inaugural Joyce VanTassel-Baska Alumni Lecture.
– CFGE Anniversary Reception
Friday, March 22:
– Founder and past Executive Director Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska will deliver a keynote presentation titled “From Research to Practice: The Road Not Taken”
– Founder and past Executive Director Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska will conduct a panel presentation about current issues in the field of gifted education. Panelists will be: Shelagh Gallagher, Independent Consultant and Curriculum Developer; Lannie Kanevsky, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC; Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Professor and Director, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University; and Julie Swanson, Associate Professor, Charleston University, Charleston, SC.
Please join us!!