Educators and Rise Academy for Adult Achievement gathered last week to continue their professional learning on instructional moves aligned to the CCR Standards. Over two evenings, participants engaged with ELA/Literacy content to better support deep reading, student discussion, and evidence-based writing in their classrooms. Using The Writing Revolution as our central text, the first session centered on using Evidence Ranking and Quoting and Paraphrasing, the second on sentence summarization strategies But-Because-So and Expanding Kernel Sentences. Resources for both sessions 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.