Inservice Course Materials from August 14th and 15th

Below are the material used in the Inservice Course: Aligning Literacy Instruction to the Core. The class is an overview of what has to “shift” in order to meet the new CCSS outcomes. This is an introductory course that will be offered again in the fall.

Aligning Instruction to the Core PowerPoint

Dane Linn and Gene Wilhoit Interview

Instructional Shift notetaker and link to video content

Notetaker for the Right Reasons Technologies and ACT Reports

ACT Report Reading Between the Lines: Executive Summary

Shanahan notetaker and link to video content

Link to Appendix A

Bats on the Beach Exemplar

Emma Lazarus Text Exemplar

Link to video of teachers describing the Core Task Project

Text Complexity Qualitative Rubric

Guide to Writing Text-Dependent Questions

Accessing the Edmodo resources, Pictorial Guide

SBAC Assessment Items 

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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