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Illuminating Standards Video Series

What would it look like if standards were met with depth and imagination? These videos  explore that question.

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Inspiring Excellence Video Series
Inspiring Excellence Video Series

See behind the scenes as second graders create a project of remarkable quality about snakes.

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Austin's Butterfly

This video features an elementary school project that illuminates the power of critique and multiple drafts. 

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What's Up: Illuminating Standards Video

Short film on the question, "What causes the change of seasons?"  These third graders provide clearer answers than Harvard graduates. 

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Protocol for Watching Illuminating Standards Videos

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Protocol for Using Student Work to Improve Teaching and Learning

Use this protocol with projects or writing collections to promote observation and conversation. 

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Models, Critique, and Descriptive Feedback - Chapter 4 of Leaders of Their Own Learning

Guidance for teachers for using exemplary student work and critique protocols to create a vision of excellence for students.

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Master Standards While Writing for an Authentic Audience

Authentic Products Aligned to Common Core Writing Standards

A list intended to inspire options for products that reach an audience beyond the classroom and teacher.

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Part 4 of Inspiring Excellence: Using Models and Critiques to Create Works of Quality

Second graders engage in critique and revision to produce high quality work. 

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