Monthly Archives: September 2012

School Librarians Work with the CCSS, September 17 2012

Librarians, at the WCSD Library Services K-12 Meeting, reviewed the “instructional shifts,” the importance of text complexity, and brainstormed non-fiction titles worth reading. Below are the resources used in the presentation. ELA ‘Shifts’ and the School Librarian PowerPoint Notetaker for … Continue reading

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Assistant Principals and Deans A&S Meeting, September 17 2012

District Assistant Principals and Deans gathered Monday to learn more about specific initiatives. Included was a short K-6 session on “Aligning “Literacy Instruction to the CCSS.” A&S Aligning Literacy Instruction PowerPoint Aligning Literacy Instruction to the CCSS Handout Messaging and … Continue reading

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Parenting Magazine and the CCSS

Parenting Magazine weighs in on how caregivers can bring the Common Core into the home with these tips. Read books to children that are ‘worth reading’ Ask children text-based questions and encourage them to cite evidence in their responses Push … Continue reading

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Analyzing Texts: “Text Talk Time”

Teaching Channel recently posted this video in which the teacher facilitates a conversation around a careful analysis of a text. In “Text Talk Time,” children drive the discussion and answer their peers’ questions. Ms. Brewer, the teacher in the video, … Continue reading

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ELA Text Exemplars

North Carolina has put together the following document that links ELA text exemplars, listed in Appendix B, to their full text on the Internet (here).  Note, however, that the suggested texts are not a reading list. Instead they serve as … Continue reading

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Washoe Starts the 6th Grade Basal Alignment Project

Under the stewardship of staff from Curriculum & Instruction and the Striving Readers Grant, Washoe County has started a 6th grade version of the Basal Alignment Project. The process is just beginning with a completion date of December 2012 having … Continue reading

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Materials used in Shift 1 Presentation September 12, 2012

A number of Washoe educators gathered to explore Shift 1—the importance of building general content knowledge.  The discussions focused on a presentation by Robert Pondiscio, Vice President of Core Knowledge (Part I & Part II), and a review of a … Continue reading

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