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April 30, 2015

Shifting Instruction to the Core: Session III for Science - Next Generation Asessments

Options Area administrators and science teachers engaged in the third session of Shifting Instruction to the Core, this time focusing on Next Generation Assessments. Throughout this morning's session, participants made connections between the Instructional Shifts and Next Generation Assessments. Participants began by comparing traditional assessment to CCSS-aligned assessment, reviewing the research behind text complexity & text dependency, and engaging with a video on David Coleman's remarks on changes to the SAT. Teachers and administrators then spent time engaging with and reflecting on mini-assessments from Student Achievement Partners. Materials for the session are linked below.
  • Presentation deck in PDF

April 25, 2015

COABE 2015

I have spend the week in Denver, Colorado attending the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference with my colleagues from Washoe County School District's RISE Academy for Adult Achievement. At the conference, the leaders at RISE Academy presented From Stagnation to Rise: The Restoration of an Adult Education Program. This session focused on RISE's process and lessons learned over the last year during the major reform of the Washoe's adult education school. The Prezi from the session can be found here and details the framework to restructure adult education programs and the results of RISE Academy's efforts.

April 23, 2015

Shifting Instruction Session III, History-Social Studies: Next Generation Assessments

Options Area administrators and history-social studies engaged in the third session of Shifting Instruction to the Core, this time focusing on Next Generation Assessments. Throughout this morning's session, participants made connections between the Instructional Shifts and Next Generation Assessments. Participants began by comparing traditional assessment to CCSS-aligned assessment, reviewing the research behind text complexity & text dependency, and engaging with a video on David Coleman's remarks on changes to the SAT. Teachers and administrators then spent time engaging with and reflecting on mini-assessments from Student Achievement Partners. Materials for the session are linked below.
  • Presentation deck in PPT

April 17, 2015

Professional Learning: EQuIP Session IV for WCSD Implementation Specialists

During today's gathering for Instructional Coaches, Implementation Specialists, and other Teachers on Special Assignment, some educators engaged in a session that supported the use of the EQuIP Rubrics and review process. This session was part of the ongoing professional learning to help build the capacity of educators to better recognize and use highly Common Core-aligned materials, and focused on the .  Participants reviewed the EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: ELA/Literacy (Grades 3-5) and ELA (Grades 6-12), and applied the rubric to lesson, "A Close Reading of the 'New Colossus' by Emma Lazarus". Materials for the session are linked below. 

Options Leadership Team: Using the Instructional Practice Guides & Department Goal Setting

During this morning's Options Area Leadership Team meeting, deans, assistant principals, and program leaders engaged in another professional learning session focused on the Common Core Instructional Shifts. Participants engaged with the Instructional Shifts and Instructional Practice Guides and applied their understanding of these materials to an exemplar video from the Teaching the Core Video Library. Team members finished the session by setting short and long term goals to support the Instructional Shifts in their work around the district. Materials for the session can be found below.

April 16, 2015

Shifting Instruction Session III, ELA: Next Generation Assessments

Options Area educators engaged in the third session of Shifting Instruction to the Core, this time focusing on Next Generation Assessments. Throughout this morning's session, participants made connections between the Instructional Shifts and Next Generation Assessments. Participants began by comparing traditional assessment to CCSS-aligned assessment, reviewing the research behind text complexity & text dependency, and engaging with a video on David Coleman's remarks on changes to the SAT. Teachers and administrators then spent time engaging with and reflecting on mini-assessments from Student Achievement Partners. Materials for the session are linked below.

April 15, 2015

Common Core and Social-Emotional Learning: Session IV

Educators and Inspire Academy gathered again this afternoon to explore resources that support Common Core and Social Emotional Learning in their classrooms. Participants began by continuing their cycle of inquiry with reflection on and collaboration around strategies they have tried in their classroom based on our previous session.  Participants then engaged with in print and video materials by Dr. Carol Dweck and Thomas Tock & Susan Headden, using Inspire's Annotation Guide and a Card Sort to to access the content.