Six = Three: The Shifts Described Two Ways

When the Office of Academics shared the instructional shifts last October with K-8 principals, we used several items made available through EngageNY. EngageNY produced videos around the shifts that included interviews with lead ELA author David Coleman;  close reading exemplars; and additional resources to support the implementation of the CCSS.

All of the content on EngageNY, that described how to access the Core, outlined the six shifts.  Some educators, however, found describing six shifts took too much time to quickly share and the six became three. Thus, as you look for content matched to the Core, you may find sites describing three ELA shifts instead of the six we are using in Washoe.

The three, however, are the six and EngageNY has stepped forward to demonstrate this for educators. You can find that graphic here. As we prepare for parent nights, begin drafting parent letters, or simply want the proverbial elevator speech, having a reference to describe what’s different about the CCSS may prove helpful.

About Aaron Grossman

I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary. Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here). In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador. I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at
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1 Response to Six = Three: The Shifts Described Two Ways

  1. Fran Edison says:

    I certainly appreciate the concise nature of the 6=3 and it gives an educator a sharper focus to design their instruction on.

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