Cristal Cisneros, the SIOP and Curriculum Implementation Specialist at Dilworth STEM Academy, shares her experience with the Anthology Alignment Project (AAP). The AAP is a collaborative effort, across districts, to align grade 6-10 anthologies in a manner similar to the Basal Alignment Project. You can join the AAP on Edmodo using code pkx4sp.
Last month, I had the fortunate opportunity to join 3 other Washoe County School District teachers and attend the Anthology Alignment Project (APP) conference hosted by the Council of the Great City Schools and Student Achievement Partners in Long Beach, CA. With such success stemming from the work of the Basal Alignment Project (BAP), I was honored to be included in this project and excited to get started.
To say the least, the conference was incredible! During the 2 day conference, we had the opportunity to learn from and work alongside some incredible educators from 20 different school districts as we helped each other build our capacities in text dependent question writing. Having the time to sit down with peers and analyze a piece of text so that you, the teacher, can get a much larger sense of understanding is a gift that we don’t often get. Teachers are so busy, trying so hard to stay afloat, that the time we had in Long Beach was much appreciated. Though my teachers and I left mentally exhausted and put in more hours of work in 2 days than we thought possible, we walked away with a sense of rejuvenation for our profession and ready to share our knowledge with others.
Going forward, we have committed ourselves to revising 6 additional stories and when it’s all said and done, we will have 9 revised stories from our Anthology for teacher to use. It has been and will continue to be a lot of work, but it’s great work! Hopefully this is just the beginning for us (I and other middle school teachers in our district) and we have the opportunity to continue this process in the future.