Monthly Archives: December 2012

Will the SAT Align to the CCSS?

At the 2012 Annual AP Conference, College Board President David Coleman describes what may have to change about the SAT to align with the “finest qualities” of CCSS. He notes that the emphasis of writing without source material, as currently … Continue reading

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Academics Releases FAQ

Washoe’s Office of Academics released a document this week with positions on a number of key topics. This includes our district’s stance on posting objectives and prioritizing, pacing and deconstructing the standards. You can read the full document here.

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How to Prepare for the Common Assessments

The Executive Director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Joe Wilhoft, moves educators through the coming assessment at the National Summit on Education Reform (minute 11:55). He notes that about 30% of a teacher’s time is spent working on assessment and SBAC … Continue reading

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Close Reading Exemplar Updated

The close reading exemplar, The President’s Message, used during the November 29th training has been updated and retitled. Thank you to the teachers who shared feedback and suggestions for editing. You can find the new version here. Given the content … Continue reading

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Language Diversity and Literacy Development

Harvard University’s Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group has released a series of one-page memos “for leaders dedicated to children’s literacy development.” There are currently 15 memos on topics including using curriculum, selecting curriculum, designing professional development, and enhancing … Continue reading

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The Role of Fiction and Literature

The role of fiction and literature in the CCSS is addressed in this Huggingtonpost. In this case, some are misreading the standards and concluding that 70% of what is read in an English classroom should be non-fiction. The post makes … Continue reading

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Leading the Core: ELA CCSS Session 2

Administrators completed Session 2 of Leading the Core in ELA. The first part of the inservice focused on the implications of CCSS and what it means to engage in “work worth doing.” This was followed by working through elements of … Continue reading

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