Washoe County School District's Options Area Leadership Team gathered this morning for their monthly meeting and spent some time engaged in professional learning around the Instructional Practice Guides. Team members from various programs worked through print and video resources from the Council of Chief State School Officers, Student Achievement Partners, Kate Gerson, and Achieve. In anticipation of upcoming Instructional Rounds focused on the Core Actions of the Instructional practice guides, today's work focused on deepening understanding of the Instructional Shifts, the IPGs, and how how school and program leaders might better support CCSS-aligned teaching and learning. Resources for today include:
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.