About Debbie Webb

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Standards-based grading and reporting will improve education

By Marco A. Muñoz and Thomas R. Guskey

Making clear linkages between standards, assessment, grading, and reporting that are concisely reported work for the betterment of […]

A mentoring program drills down on the Common Core

By Emily Davis, Steve Sinclair, and Laura Gschwend

The learning goes in both directions in a program to develop teacher mentors; five important lessons result.

When California […]

Improve reading with complex texts

By Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey 

The Common Core’s call for deep reading of complex text isn’t just for middle and high school students. Children in […]

Social-emotional skills can boost Common Core implementation

By Maurice J. Elias

Students can more easily meet the Common Core’s tougher English language arts standards if they develop critical social-emotional learning skills before or […]

Can computers make the grade in writing exams?

By Samina Hadi-Tabassum

The new Common Core writing exams may use computer algorithms to assess student work.

Last year, I presented several professional development workshops on the […]

The phantom collapse of student achievement in New York

By John Cronin and Nate Jensen

Results from New York’s first Common Core state tests appeared to show a big decline in student achievement. But a […]

Support the Common Core with the right instructional materials

By Rachel Leifer and Denis Udall

Finding strong instructional materials is crucial to realizing the promise of the Common Core, and there are tools available to […]

Communication is key to Common Core

By Patricia A. Maunsell 

Educators must begin now to prepare their communities for how assessments will change after Common Core implementation.

Most states have adopted the […]

In practice leadership: Assessments can help Common Core teaching

By Paul Bambrick-Santoyo 

A standard can tell you what you need to teach. Only your students’ work can tell you what they actually learned — or […]

The Common Core is a change for the better

By Nancy S. Gardner and Rod Powell

Two highly skilled longtime teachers say the Common Core State Standards promise to improve teaching and learning without being […]

Common Core in the real world

By Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane

Created to fix problems that NCLB either started or couldn’t fix itself, the Common Core faces its own […]

Why the Common Core changes math instruction

By Valerie N. Faulkner

At the heart of the Common Core standards is a move to create classroom discussions that clearly develop students’ number sense by […]