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.
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.