Advancing Literacy Practice with the Common Core

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On May 20th and 21st, educators moved through a new course offering—Advancing Literacy Practice with the Common Core. The course highlights myriad new content working backwards from the instructional shifts and the Evidence Guides. Participants worked through activities, explored research, and reviewed materials matched to the CCSS.  You can find the PowerPoint and all of the handouts below. (The video shared in the session is linked in the PowerPoint.)

The class will be offered several more times over the course of the summer. You can sign-up for sessions on June 17th and 18th, July 8th and 9th, and July 22nd and 23rd through the WCSD Professional Learning Café Menu (here).

Advancing Literacy Practice with the Common Core PowerPoint

6 ELA “instructional shifts” PDF

ALP Participant Notetaker Day 1

ALP Participant Notetaker Day 2

Core Knowledge Domains K-2

Grade 4 Performance Task SBAC

Grade 6 Performance Task SBAC

Grade 4/5 Close Reading Exemplar Lazarus from SAP

K-6 3 Year ELA Plan

K-6 3 Year ELA Plan Supplement

Text Sets: Grade 2/3 Wonders of Nature Text Set

Text Sets: Checklist for Evaluating Question Quality

Text Sets: Guide to Creating Text Sets

Toolkits: NASBE Playbook

Toolkits: NEA CCSS Toolkit

Toolkits: NAESP Elementary Action Brief

Toolkits: NASSP Secondary Action Brief

Wiggins in Defense of Common Core

Willingham The Zeitgeist of Reading Instruction

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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