Resources from the SAP/Danielson Group Training

Student Achievement Partners, working with the Danielson Group, visited Reno and moved K-12 math and ELA/literacy educators through the Instructional Practice Guides and a number of supporting documents. Linked below are the resources used Wednesday and Thursday that allowed for a deeper understanding of text complexity, text-dependent questions, text-specific questions, the K-5 foundational skills, the instructional shifts and tools for planning pre and post observations. The video from the two days will be posted soon.

ELA Literacy Master PowerPoint

The Common Core Key Instructional Shifts

Activity Core Actions Scavenger Hunt

Practice High Quality Texts with Answers

Access to Quantitative Analysis Tools

CCSSO Text Complexity Qualitative Measure Rubric

Practice Text Dependency with Answers

Foundational Skills Scavenger Hunt

Practice Core Actions 360 Directions

360 Lesson Plan Grade 2

Teaching the Core Mathematics PowerPoint

K-5 Participant Math Binder with Resources and Handouts

6-12 Participant Math Binder with Resources and Handouts

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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