Monthly Archives: August 2013

Core Action 1: A High Quality Text

Implementation Specialists and instructional coaches reviewed content to be shared on September 4th. The focus for the first site-based PLC is on Core Action 1 from the Instructional Practice Guides. In addition, “Growth Mindset,” which will be part of future … Continue reading

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Parent University: Promoting Literacy in the Home

The Parent University course, “Promoting Literacy in the Home,” was finished and shared this week. The class introduces key parts of reading to parents with specific steps they can take to promote these outcomes. The PowerPoint links to video content … Continue reading

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CTiP Year 2 Begins with a Close Look at Core Action 1

Elementary schools, that finished the first year of the Core Task implementation Project, started year 2 of this professional learning experience. The focus, of the first of four sessions, was on Core Action 1 from the Instructional Practice Guides. Educators … Continue reading

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Free Instructional Videos Matched to CCSS

America Achieves, which visited Reno last October, has posted new videos and lesson plans matched to the Common Core State Standards. All of the resources are free and highlight instruction in ELA/literacy and math that demonstrate close reading, deeper learning, … Continue reading

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Shift 6 Focus: Direct and Indirect Vocabulary Instruction

“Students who have a high vocabulary, tend to be very good comprehenders” begins a video on the value of vocabulary instruction by Dr. Nell Duke.  In the six-minute clip, several important strategies are suggested with evidence to support. They include … Continue reading

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How “Integration” Makes these Standards Different

Common Core State Standards work team member and CEO of http://www.textproject.org Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert takes two minutes, in the video here, to address the integration of CCSS into classroom practice. She describes a key difference between the CCSS and state … Continue reading

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Multiple Texts with Close Reading

Dr. Timothy Shanahan responds to a teacher’s question about using multiple texts with the close reading method (here) He notes that once you have read a text closely “then it is perfectly reasonable to wonder about how this work connects … Continue reading

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