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November 19, 2015

Focus on the Core for All, Session 2 - ELA

English Language Arts educators gathered Thursday morning for the second session of 'Focus on the Core for All', an Options Area cycle of professional learning designed to support teaching and learning aligned to the CCSS. 

During this session, educators began by reviewing a modified version of the EQuIP Student Work Protocol, applying print and video lesson materials from a student-led Socratic Seminar in a Washoe County classroom (see materials at teachingthecore.org, search for 'Moffat'). Participants then used the modified protocol to share and review work from their implementation of last session's instructional move, Modified Fishbowl Discussion, and determine next steps when using the instructional move in the future. Participants then engaged in a new instructional move for classroom implementation, Jigsaw Socratic Seminar, and planned for its use with their students. During session 3, participants will again review student work from this latest implementation. Materials for session 2 are linked below. 

November 5, 2015

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

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. More details on this professional learning cycle can be found here and linked below.

The content focus for this third meeting was Mathematics and the session began with a focus on reviewing the alignment of instructional materials to the standards and shifts using the EQuIP Rubrics. Participants then worked in grade-level content groups to engage in an instructional move, Focusing Questions. Finally, participants started planning for implementation of the discussion strategy in their classrooms. To provide evidence of and get feedback on student learning, participants will bring examples of student work to the next Mathematics professional learning session. Materials for the session are linked below. 
  • Presentation deck in PDF