Last spring elementary school teachers, Implementation Specialists, and staff within the Office of Academics, worked through a process to more closely align the Houghton Mifflin Reading materials to the Common Core State Standards. A specific writing protocol was followed, developed by the Council of Great City Schools, in which teachers read through an entire HM selection to find major themes and student takeaways. This was followed by using a text complexity rubric (here) to identify challenging sections and areas in which comprehension was most likely to be break down for students. Finally, participants used a guide to writing text-dependent questions (here) to assist with keeping instruction anchored in the text.
The team consisted of Kitty Gillette, Revae Henry, Robbie Gilmartin, Jen Wigfiled, Trish Hermesky, Lori Bell, Chris Hayes, Jane Miller, Erin Dawson, Linda McMillan, Gail Corthell, Jolene Hamilton, Connie Frazer, Traci Mendoza, Chauncy Ashby, Ann Warren, Mandy Grotting, Megan Pruitt, and Terry Boyden
Their hard work and contributions are allowing Washoe to take advantage of rewrites for the entire HM series as well as Imagine It!, Trophies, Story Town, Medallion, Open Court, Treasures, and Reading Street. You can read how to access the materials here.