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Rigor / Relevance Resources
14 December, 201114 December, 2011 Research Research
Folder: College Readiness
This study, Access to Algebra I: The Effects of Online Mathematics for Grade 8 Students, found that algebra-ready students in schools offering online Algebra I scored higher on an algebra test and were more likely to participate in an advanced mathematics course sequence in high school, compared to algebra-ready students in schools that did not offer the online course. The study also found no evidence of negative effects on non-algebra-ready students attending schools where online Algebra I w...Read more
"The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. The CBI can complement formal classes or enable people to study independently at their own pace."

"Each module generally takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Students receive ongoing feedback and, upon successful completion of each module, can print out a personalized certificate of completion. "

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13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
Over the past three years, Van Meter High School in Iowa has worked to develop an adapted version of the International Center’s Rigor/Relevance FrameworkTM as its personalized method of school reform.

“The model has become an integral part of the culture at Van Meter,” says Principal John C. Carver. “Teachers challenge students with increased rigor, are benefited from real-world application of lessons developed as a result of the staff’s analysis of the model, and thanks to an ...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
The 12th grade should be the capstone year as students complete their K-12 education, but for many high school students, their senior year experience falls far short of this expectation. A pervasive spirit of disengagement often characterizes students in their senior year.

Given the ever-increasing number of high school graduates who are ill-prepared to negotiate the demands of either college or the workplace successfully, the cost of a lost year is simply too great. The futures of tens o...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
Collaborating Online for Rigor and Relevance is an online tool developed for teachers to learn about the Rigor/Relevance Framework and step-by-step guide to developing a high rigor/high relevance lesson. This online tool is included in your Network membership.

CORR can be used in a variety of ways. Here are some examples of how Network members use this powerful tool.
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
In some classroom, Quadrant D experiences are integrated into daily practice through short, quick activities. These instructional activities raise the level of rigor (thinking) and relevance (application) and are aligned with the Rigor/Relevance Framework.
Although the best strategies are in Quadrant D of the Rigor/Relevance Framework, a skilled teacher moves among the four quadrants seamlessly during a lesson. In order to accomplish this effectively, teachers need ideas that are easy to rep...Read more
10 September, 201010 September, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
Use the forms below to assist in writing your student performance tasks as you develop Gold Seal Lessons. The chart attached can be used to identify appropriate activities and verbs for each level of the Knowledge Taxonomy and the Application Model.
10 September, 201010 September, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
Venturing into the realm of how to write a Quadrant D Lesson (a Gold Seal Lesson) can be a daunting task for many educators. It is often presented with an air of authority, and a suggestion that it is a difficult task for the majority to accomplish and reserved for the elite few. The reality is all educators have the ability to write a Quadrant D lesson. By breaking down the task into smaller components with a specific focus, the teacher is able to narrow their concentration and work through ...Read more
24 March, 201124 March, 2011 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
The two page form below is provided as a way to assess the Quadrant D lessons or D moments within your classroom or that of a peer. It may be used during walk through observations or as a part of self reflection into instructional teaching practices.
20 July, 201120 July, 2011 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
This professional development activity is appropriate for administrators and teachers to introduce them to concepts surrounding the Rigor/Relevance Framework and the utilization of the Gold Seal Lesson database.
• To model the components of a Gold Seal Lesson
• To identify the components of an effective lesson plan that leads to academic achievement for all learners.
• To demonstrate how to expand learning using a relevant lesson. (Quadrant D)
• To practice creati...Read more

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