Shanahan on the topic of Instructional Shifts

Dr. Timothy Shanahan describes the Instructional Shifts  in the following webinar.  Marked are several pieces that you may want to visit including Close Reading.

4:47: “…these standards are so profoundly different big shifts in teaching are necessary.”

7:44: Shannon compares “How It’s Been” to “How it Will be”

14:42: Shanahan describes how we can respond to the changing Lexile (text challenge) bands. 1) Supplement current textbooks with additional or replacement selections that are in the CCSS bands 2) Re-match your book room collections to different grade levels 3) Replace current textbooks with textbooks based on the CCSS bands

19:10 “It is okay to spend some time teaching out-of-level, but a steady diet of easy text does not raise the level of the students.”

22:33: Consider using stair-step books or apprentice texts to help students to read information at various levels.

31:45: Shanahan is asked, what percentage of time students should work with texts outside of their level. He acknowledges he cannot quantify this.

35:13: Teachers are going to have to refrain from telling students what the text says.

42:55: Shanahan addresses the research supporting the shifts he is describing. He follows this by describing how the shifts are applicable to intervention programs (46:31).

54:02 “Emphasize reading experiences in content subjects to a greater extent.”

55:36 Close Reading

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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