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An Introduction To The Common Core State Standards For English Language Arts

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), like most content standards, are designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. They are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. The CCSS are not intended to define all that can or should be taught; they are not intended to be a curriculum. Rather, they are intended to provide guidance on the core content needed for curriculum development.  Neither are the CCSS intended to define how teachers should teach, the nature of advanced work beyond the core, or the interventions needed for students well below grade level.  Finally, they do not define the full range of support for English language learners and students with special needs.

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Greensboro Chinese Association

UNCG faculty, staff, and students are welcome to register and participate in the Chinese language classes at the Greensboro Chinese Association in Fall 2013. The Chinese language classes will be held in the School of Education Building at UNCG (1300 Spring Garden Street). Up to 25 UNCG faculty, staff, and students will receive the tuition waiver ($155/semester). They will only need to submit the Greensboro Chinese Association annual membership fee ($10/year) and any costs associated with the required textbooks.

Here is the registration form. For more information, please visit the Greensboro Chinese Association’s website: You can also contact Ms. Jennifer Qian, principal of the Greensboro Chinese School, at or 336-643-8092


Heritage Language Academy (HLA)

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, nearly 80 parents, students, and their families came to the School of Education at UNCG to participate in the Heritage Language Academy (HLA) graduation ceremony. The HLA program was developed as a university-school collaboration between the TESOL for ALL program at UNCG and Asheboro City Schools (ACS) in 2008. It aims at developing bilingual connections for students in both reading and math by building upon their home language backgrounds. Parents are also invited to participate in home literacy activities and a computer skills class. Dr. Barbara Levin and Dr. Ye He, co-PIs of the TESOL for ALL program, awarded certificates of completion to 22 parents and 37 elementary and middle school students this year. The 2013 HLA program was housed in Balfour Elementary School and North Asheboro Middle School with the support and leadership from ACS superintendent Dr. Diane Frost, assistant superintendent Jennifer Smith, principals Janet Means and Candace Call, assistant principals Holly White and Jordi Roman, and ESL lead teacher Dubraska Stines. HLA teachers included Carolina Agüero, Claudia Rodriguez, Meredith Wolfe, Melanie Golding, Marilu Arellano, and Sharon Cagle. It was also supported by Amanda and David Arellano, Asheboro High School Key Club, and other volunteers.

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