Monthly Archives: February 2013

Writing to Sources Training Materials

This week, fifth grade teacher teams, from Washoe’s 63 elementary schools, have been training on Shift 5: Writing to Sources.  The training, which addresses the NV-DOE required formative writing task, integrates discussion around the CCSS and SBAC rubrics as well … Continue reading

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Appendix B Text Exemplar Links

Appendix B of the Common Core includes a list of Exemplar Texts. As the Appendix notes, the exemplars serve as “guideposts” for each grade band and are not a reading list. Canyons School District has taken the lists and linked … Continue reading

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Achieve The Core Newsletter

Student Achievement Partners has started a newsletter to keep educators informed about CCSS implementation. You can view the most recent newsletter here which includes articles about the Common Core, updates on the Basal Alignment Project, and an interview with CCSSM … Continue reading

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CCSS en Español

The Common Core State Standards have been translated into Spanish. The effort to translate the CCSS was led by the Sand Diego County Office of Education with support from the Council of the Chief State School Officers. As reported by … Continue reading

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In 77 Seconds, ‘What are Good Books for Young Readers?’

What are good books for young readers? Dr. Elfrieda H. Hiebert answers this question in a 77 second Youtube clip here. Further, aside from answering the question, she directs viewers to free downloadable and printable resources here.

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PreK-2 Draft of “No, David!” Exemplar

Personnel in the Office of Academics have been working on a PreK-2 close reading exemplar for David Shannon’s picture book “No, David!” Linked here is a draft of the exemplar and we need your help in getting it to a … Continue reading

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Reading Volume and the Common Core

The Core Shift Blast addresses two important issues including a “Volume of Reading” and the “8 Elements of the Literacy Block.” Readers will get a preview of research University of Nevada, Reno professor Dr. Diane Barone is doing as well … Continue reading

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