Earlier this year, American RadioWorks produced a documentary titled ‘Greater Expectations’ that told the story of the Core Task Project in Reno, Nevada. This week, smaller segments of that documentary are featured on National Public Radio shows ‘All Things Considered’ and 'Morning Edition'. These shorter segments, ‘Common Core Reading: ‘The New Colossus’’ and 'Common Core Reading: The High Achievers' are well worth a listen, as is the original American RadioWorks episode Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core' are well worth a listen.
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.