Resources from the Collaborating for Success Conference

Linked below are the materials shared at the Collaborating for Success Conference in San Francisco Bay on August 14th and 15th, 2012.

Presentation Materials

Engaging Teachers in the Shifts PowerPoint

Packet Materials

Additional Resources

Day 1 PowerPoint for the CTP 1.0

Day 2 PowerPoint for CTP 1.0

Notetaker for video in which David Coleman describes the Close Reading Strategy.

For those unfamiliar with the “instructional shifts” this notetaker, linked to a speech by David Coleman, describes what will shift instructionally to meet the new CCSS outcomes.

Reflection Notetaker for those who use a Close Reading Exemplar in their classroom. (This is part of the debrief on Day 2 of the CTP.

Dr. Tim Shanahan describes text complexity and the value in promoting student literacy. The notetaker includes links to the video content.

Dr. Douglas Fisher describes the importance of the Close Reading Strategy. Thisnotetaker includes the link to the video content.

A text complexity rubric for describing the qualitative features of a text. This was developed by Student Achievement Partners.

Brief Guide to Writing Text-Dependent Questions written by Student Achievement Partners.

The Close Reading Exemplar, Lazarus, that was included in the SF presentation.

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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