Core Task implementation Project Session 2 Materials

For session two to the Core Task implementation Project (CTiP), educators focused on the Speaking and Listening Standards, Accountable Talk, and the instructional move Quiz, Quiz, Trade. Teachers reflected on actions steps from session one and district supported curricular resources.

Linked below are the materials shared in the eight sessions that started September 30th and end October 16th. The 3rd through 5th grade lesson demonstration is linked in the PowerPoint.

CTiP Session 2 PowerPoint Grades K-2/3

CTiP Session 2 PowerPoint Grades 3-5

Accountable Talk Stems & 3 Parts

Accountable Talk Card Templates

Accountable Talk Sourcebook

CTiP Reflection Notetaker

CTiP Focus Student Data Sheet

In a World… Icebreaker

Quiz, Quiz, Trade (in print format) CTiP S&L Cards

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CTP shared with ToPPP

The Core Task Project was shared with educators working with the Teachers and Principals of Pupils Promise grant this week in Washington, D.C. The session focused on the instructional shifts and dispositions matched to the Common Core State Standards. Linked below are the materials shared in the session.

ToPPP September 26th PowerPoint

6=3 Shifts graphic

Shift Notetaker

Anchor Standards Cards

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Nevada Education Advocates Summit

Educators and community members from throughout the state gathered for the first Nevada Education Advocates Summit. The event was a teacher-led effort to outline the features the Nevada Academic Content Standards. The day was highlighted by a keynote address by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga and breakout sessions around the NACS, the instructional shifts, and College and Career Readiness.

All of the session resources can be found here.

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Literacy Unit Project Begins

Third through 5th grade teachers, from throughout Washoe County, gathered to begin work on developing Literacy Units for their respective grades. Session 1 focused on building a strong understanding on the research governing the Common Core Reading Standards and models of comprehension. This was done through video of Dr. Timothy Shanahan and Dr. David Pearson.

Following this, teachers worked through an exercise on how to develop Essential Understanding and Essential Questions. Finally, educators looked at resources matched to the CCSS—resources that are linked in the PowerPoint below.

The Literacy Units will be developed throughout the course of the year with final versions being made available in the spring. They will only include free and vetted components so any teacher can take full advantage of them.

Literacy Unit Development Session 1 PowerPoint

Grade 3 Model Content Framework

Grade 4 Mode Content Framework

Grade 5 Model Content Framework

Session 1 Notetaker for Pearson & Shanahan

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Assessment and the Common Core

In the video linked here, David Pearson, former dean of the Graduate School of Education at University California, Berkeley, moves viewers through the coming PARCC and SBAC assessments and the implications for instruction.

At minute 5:47, he begins an overview of American assessment history and is able to pinpoint when education began to teach and assess skills in isolation. Later at minute 6:29 we learn how commercial materials started the “quiet consolidation of skill based learning” and at 12:37, Pearson shares that one of the consequences of NCLB was that instruction began to look like the assessment. (Click on image for larger view.)

Skill Based InstructionThis groundwork in assessment history then leads to Pearson describing what he favors about SBAC and PARCC and why he thinks they are good tests. He finishes with these important conclusions:

“Students who have learned how to read and write in curriculum that requires constructed responses and real writing will perform well on PARRC and SBAC assessments. They will have developed some transferrable practices that will serve them well in these new circumstances.”  (23:40)


“Students still wallowing in a bits and pieces curriculum will not do well on PARCC and Smarter Balanced. There’s just no way I think it can happen.” (23:57)

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Video Lesson Demonstrations

The San Bernardino School District has uploaded several lesson demonstrations that can be accessed through Vimeo. The videos include the resources and lesson guides that are featured in the segments as well as comments and annotations from the featured teachers. A couple of videos worth watching include:

Socratic Seminar Strategies for 6th Grade Classroom here and the Socratic Seminar Observation Checklist here.

“Rigorous Daily Activities” matched to Common Core here.

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#Edchat Resource Guide—Downloadable and Free

USC Rossier School of Education has created the following #Edchat Resource Guide (here) to help educators connect and communicate around educational topics. #Edchat meets weekly and anyone can participate by simply using the hashtag. In addition to #Edchat, you will also find an additional 250 chat forums here.

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