Washoe County School District teachers working on the Literacy Unit Project met today to continue their collaboration on 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade units. As part of the morning’s professional learning teachers worked with the EQuIP Rubric for ELA Lessons and Units. The intent of this session was to help build educator capacity to engage in collaborative, evidence-based inquiry around resources that support Common Core alignment. Throughout the morning, teachers worked by exploring the rubric, applying it to a vetted resource, and discussing how the rubric might inform their work. You can find resources on the Literacy Unit Project here and the resources for this morning's session on the the EQuIP rubric here.
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.