Curriculum Connections

January 2017

Enjoy the January 2017 Educator Resources from the Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Department!

Congratulations to the December Curriculum Connections' winner, Stephanie Snyder, an ELA Teacher at River View High School!

See below how you can get your name in for this month's special drawing for educator books and tools from our library.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Stanford University, as a result of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, has organized a variety of resources for educators to learn and support research on Martin Luther King.

King Resources

Liberation Curriculum


CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12. Our resources are

· Flexible;

· Research-Based;

· Aligned to the Common Core State Standards;

· Created by teachers, for teachers.

We believe in the transformative power of a great text, and a great question. That’s why we are committed to keeping CommonLit completely free, forever.

Zearn Math K-5

Free registration for teachers and students. This site for grades K-5 can be used during class time or independent work with one or two partners on digital lessons. There are a variety of fluency warm-ups, videos for reteaching, formative activities and summative exit tickets.

No Cost On-line ACT Practice Test

Ohio's spring testing dates for the ACT are right around the corner.

Spring 2017 ACT TEST

Paper Testing: March 21 and April 19, 2017

Online Testing Window: March 21 — April 4, 2017

Check out these practice test resources for the ACT:

Kaplan Test Prep


Power Score

Varsity Tutors

Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center Offers Free Access to over 45,000 of its high quality Art Images

Stanford University‘s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts made its collection accessible online, digitizing and uploading over 45,000 of its works of art in forms freely viewable by all. These include, if you navigate through the collections highlighted on the browse page, works of American and European art; African, Native American, and Oceanic art; Asian art; modern and contemporary art; prints, drawings, and photographs; and Stanford family collections as well as works currently on display.” Open Culture Website

UDL Editions by CAST

CAST is a non-profit research and development organization dedicated to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). “UDL Editions take advantage of the flexibility of digital media to reach and engage all learners. Leveled supports and the Texthelp Toolbar balance challenge and support for each learner, ages 10 and up. Select your book to get started!”

Share Your Ideas for a Chance to Win!

Share your thoughts! What resources were of value to you in this Curriculum Connections' issue? Help us to identify specific topics to your needs for future issues.

For only 2-3 minutes of your time and feedback, your name will be put into a monthly drawing with other respondents. MVESC will send an educational resource such as books, standards tools, or other educational materials to a winner from each issue of Curriculum Connections.

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