Billings Public Schools Train with CTP

Elementary and secondary school educators in Billings, Montana worked through elements of the ‘Core Task Project’ and ‘Advancing Literacy Practice with the Common Core.’ You can find all of the resources shared over the two days below. Note: some of the materials and video content are linked in the PowerPoint.

June 24th Elementary PowerPoint

June 25th Secondary PowerPoint

6=3 Shifts Document

10 Steps to Access Basal Alignment Project on Edmodo

Brief Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions

Coleman PARCC Notetaker

Coleman Shift Notetaker with Vimeo Link

Grade 8 Frederick Douglas Close Reading Exemplar (from SAP)

Grade 7 Letters from Abigail and John Adams CAR

Grade 4/5 Lazarus Close Reading Exemplar

Grade 3 Whatif Poem

Grade 3 Whatif Close Reading Exemplar

List of Social Studies Close Reading Examples

Six Shifts for ELA document

Text Complexity Qualitative Measure Rubric

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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