On Saturday educators from across WCSD gathered for a Saturday CAFE focused on providing all students access to complex text. The keynote was delivered by Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dawn Adams and I led a session based on the work RISE Academy for Adult Achievement has done to support both academic and social emotional success in the classroom. Participants began the session identifying the Social Emotional standards students and teachers will need to master as teaching and learning is aligned to the Common Core for ELA and Literacy (for Nevada K-12 educators, refer to NVACS, for Nevada Adult educators, refer to the CCRS). Educators then explored these connections by engaging in the instructional moves Text Annotation and Question Quads, using an excerpt of Shanahan's article, "Letting the Text Take Center Stage". Materials for the session are linked 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.