Lafayette School District Trains on the Core Task Project

Linked below are the materials shared with K-5 educators in Lafayette, California. Participants took part in the Core Task Project during their professional development day on October 8th. The purpose of the presentation was to assist Lafayette in its implementation of the Common Core.

Presentation Resources

CTP Packet and Summary Statement

Resources for Implementation and Professional Learning

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

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. Douglas Fisher describes the importance of the Close Reading Strategy. This notetaker 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.

Close Reading Exemplar, Bats on the Beach

Close Reading Exemplar, Because of Winn-Dixie

Close Reading Exemplar, The New Colossus

Close Reading Exemplar, Making of a Scientist

Close Reading Exemplar, The Glorious Whitewasher

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

ACT Book Bits

Day 1 PowerPoint for the CTP 1.0

Day 2 PowerPoint for CTP 1.0

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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