Site Leads Prepare for August 8th

On August 8th, Washoe will launch its K-6 CCSS professional development calendar with a day devoted to literacy outcomes.  Site leads worked with personnel from Curriculum & Instruction to preview “sessions” (here) and get a basic feel for the structure of the day. August 8th will include a keynote, work with the Instructional Practice Guides, and content that is relevant and fits the focus on a school’s School Performance Plan.

Schools chose three sessions, from fifteen offerings, that were in keeping with a school’s goals. Each session explores items related to the instructional shifts and the Instructional Practice Guides The sessions are all self-contained and require no background before engaging in the content.

The sessions are diverse exploring the Basal Alignment Project; Social Emotional Learning; Formative Assessment; English Language Learners; Writing to Sources; Speaking and Listening; Building a Coherent Body of Knowledge; Interactive Notebooks; 5 Big Ideas within CCSS; SBAC; 21st Century Learning; Depth and Complexity Icons, and Text Complexity.  You can gain full access to the sessions by joining the August 8th Edmodo group here.

Training PowerPoint

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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