At the 5th Annual Showcase Nevada—the Afterschool Experience, educators worked with the Instructional Practice Guides (IPG) to bridge their efforts with the Common Core State Standards. Personnel, from throughout the state, reviewed the instructional shifts and the IPGs and then applied the guides to classroom videos.
You can review the PowerPoint here that includes links to video and additional professional resources.
If it has been some time since you visited www.corestandards.org, it is worth returning. The website has been revamped and now includes more targeted areas including a specific section for parents. Further, the site is more comprehensive with answers to questions about the development of the standards and new resources to support their implementation.
Dr. Shane Templeton, a Foundation Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies at UNR, worked with Washoe educators on the topic of “Foundational Skills in the Context of the Common Core State Standards.” The presentation drew specific attention to the following topics: Word Study, foundational skills, development perspectives, and Core Action 4 within the K-2 Instructional Practice Guides.
You can download the PowerPoint here.
In announcing that the SAT would change, College Board President David Coleman noted that the SAT should reflect “worthy challenges” instead of “artificial obstacles.” This would mean that students would be reading more source documents and retrieving evidence. Likewise, there will be a greater emphasis on academic vocabulary and more attention to limiting or eliminating the advantages of test prep. You can read the complete list of “major changes” here.
Listed below are a few things that might help with your Common Core implementation efforts. (And keep you busy on a Sunday afternoon)
The California Department of Education has produced the following seven-minute video that explains how to read the ELA/literacy standards. The refresher is helpful especially if you’ve forgotten key terms like anchor, cluster, and strands and/or which standards hit outcomes like text types and purposes, production and distribution of writing, and research to build knowledge.
Dr. Tim Shanahan explains why you shouldn’t give the Common Core State Standards a close reading.
CCSS Graphic Organizer (here)
Dylan Wiliam Tweets, “Teaching in which students connect emotionally with teacher and content matters more than rigor or lively teaching.” (Full article here)
A new Fordham Foundation study describing the Common Core implementation efforts of four school districts. (Ok, I’ll admit it. I am only listing it because it mentions Washoe and the Core Task Project!)
In a piece for the Kappa Delta Pi Record, Mike Schmoker and Carol Jago describe how you can break through the myriad ELA/literacy standards and immediately get of the “essence” of CCSS. In short, this involves focusing on “simple ‘instructional shifts.’” No real surprise for consistent readers of this blog but they provide greater context for why starting with the shifts allow for “a radical return to genuine literacy.”
You can read the entire article here.