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New College and Career Readiness Standards Resources Available on LINCS

I was delighted to find the following announcement from LINCS in my email this morning: We’re happy to announce the recent addition of fifteen resources to the  LINCS College and Career Standards Resource Collection . They include eight College and Career Readiness (CCR) resources in mathematics and seven in English language arts/literacy. These exemplary teaching and learning resources were recommended and reviewed by coaches and staff from OCTAE’s Implementing CCR Standards in Adult Education project. You’ll find a range of tools aimed primarily at instructors responsible for providing instruction aligned to CCR standards including some to assist instructors with students with limited English proficiency.  These resources complement the ELA/Literacy  and Mathematics  professional development materials available from OCTAE to support CCR Standards alignment in adult education classrooms and programs. The recently posted teaching and learning resources are sure to be a welcome a

Writing to Sources: Session I

Washoe County educators gathered Tuesday evening for the first of a two-session inservice, "CCSS: Writing to Sources". The focus for these sessions is how teachers might better support students to use evidence from text and media to write opinion and informative pieces.  Over two evenings participants will explore the CCSS Instructional Shifts, Standards for Writing, instructional activities, and CCSS-aligned resources that support teaching and learning focused on writing to sources.  This first session began as participants used print and video content as well as student writing samples to explore the Instructional Shifts and Common Core Standards for Writing. Participants then reviewed instructional supports to move from reading to writing and an instructional move, Think and Write, that supports students to use evidence from text when writing to inform and writing to persuade. Between this first and second session, teachers will draft (and perhaps teach) a lesson that fo

Student Learning Objectives, Session 2: Learning Content & Assessments at Northstar Online School

North Star Online School teachers and administrators gathered this morning for their second professional learning session focused on Student Learning Objectives . During the hour together, participants reviewed the expectations for learning content and assessments within SLOs. Materials for this session are available on the Washoe County District Website under the Student Learning Department (protected materials require a district log-in to access).  Session 2 - Learning Content & Assessments  Presentation deck  Deciding on Learning Content  Developing Quality Assessments

'Focusing on the Core for All' - Session 1 for ELA

Options Area 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. More details on t

CCR Standards Project Convening

State teams that are part of OCTAE 's CCR Standards Project met last week for a second workshop to support their efforts to implement College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education in their programs and classrooms. A description of this project and professional development units from the Implementation Institutes that help adult educators with staring to implement these standards are available on LINCS here .  The units are grouped around the Key Advances English Language Arts (Complexity, Evidence, Knowledge) and Mathematics (Focus, Coherence, Rigor).  These materials include ready-made PowerPoints, participant handouts, and a facilitator's guide.  

RISE Academy Curriculum Committees

Educators at RISE Academy for Adult Achievement have begun the challenging and worthwhile work of building scope and sequence guides for each course they offer and carefully curating resources to support these course guides. The curriculum committees met this evening for their first planning session, which focused on using the RISE Academy Curriculum Evaluation Tool and the course planning template to guide their ongoing work. Teachers will work in committees throughout the school year to draft these detailed guides that will support course alignment to the standards and consistency throughout the program. Materials from this evening's session and those the teachers will use to support their curriculum work are linked below. Presentation deck in PDF   RISE Curriculum Evaluation Tool for Mathematics RISE Curriculum Evaluation Tool for ELA/Literacy   RISE Curriculum Evaluation Tool: Addendum A RISE Course Planning Template

Framing Professional Development at North Star Online School

North Star educators gathered Friday morning to frame their professional development work for the 2015-16 school year. Participants began the session by reviewing their selected focus from the Washoe County School District Four Fundamentals, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support   , and discussing how their current practices align and how they might better align with department expectations. Teachers and administrators then reviewed the results of their taking of the CCSS  Knowledge and Practice Survey  by discussing the survey's data report, its implications for building practice, and areas of potential support focus moving forward. Materials for this session are linked below. Deck in PPT Fundamentals note-taker

Planning for CCSS-Aligned Teaching and Learning: Part I

At the start of this school year I have been delighted to work with educators as we continue plan lessons and units to ensure teaching and learning aligns to the ELA/Literacy Common Core  and Instructional Shifts . There are loads of supportive resources available at the start of this school year, and this post is the first to address some of what what is available for ELA and Literacy teachers. For these content area teachers, a suite of resources provided by the Standards and Student Achievement Partners  is an excellent place to start: the Instructional Shifts , Instructional Practice Guides , and the Text Complexity Collection .  Instructional Shifts and Instructional Practice Guides  Front and center in our considerations should always remain the Instructional Shifts (linked  here ). Complex text and its academic vocabulary, text-dependent and text-specific tasks, and the building of a coherent body of knowledge are the practices that should be in our classrooms daily. The

CCSS Knowledge and Practice Survey Reflection with MTSS & Social Emotional Learning Specialists

Specialists from the MTSS and SEL departments in Washoe County School District gathered this morning to review the data from their CCSS Knowledge and Practice Survey . Reflecting on their experience, the coaches discussed the implications of the survey for their own practice and how they might continue to incorporate the Instructional Shifts into their support for teachers, administrators, and buildings throughout the district. The deck for the session is linked here .