This week, teachers and educators in the Bay Area attended Contra Costa Office of Education's 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Common Core State Standards Summit "Strengthening The Core". Aaron Grossman and I facilitated one of the breakout strands, “A Closer Look at the CCSS 'Core Actions' for K-8 Teachers”. In this session participants studied resources used in Washoe County's Core Task Project that focus on Core Action One. Specifically, participants explored the importance of complex text, identified features of complex text, discussed using a balance of texts to build a body of knowledge, and were introduced to instructional resources that support alignment to Core Action One. The PowerPoint, text complexity activity, and other handouts for this session are available here and in this the post on Core Task Project.
Options Area science educators gathered this morning for their first session of 'Focusing on the Core for All' , the Options NVACS professional learning cycle for the 2015-2016 school year. This group includes teachers from Options Area schools, Implementation Specialists from MTSS and Student Support Services departments, Student Support Services area administrators, and Options Area school site principals, each of whom has chosen a content focus for the year (English Language Arts, History-Social Studies, Science, or Mathematics). The professional learning cycle for this year builds on that of past years (namely, the High School Core Task Project and Shifting Instruction to the Core ) and is focused on supporting teachers, implementation specialists, and administrators in the Options Area to expand and deepen alignment of instruction, materials, and programs Common Core Standards and Instructional Shifts so that all students are prepared for college and career.
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