Winter Professional Development Opportunities

Washoe County School District’s Curriculum & Instruction Department is offering a range of half-credit literacy inservice courses to support teachers with Common Core outcomes. The courses build backwards from the instructional shifts with classes on building content knowledge, shift 1 and 2; academic vocabulary, shift 6; writing to sources, shift 5; word study, shift 6; small group instruction; BAP in K-2; and close reading.

Building a Coherent Body of Knowledge begins on Wednesday and you can register for the class as well as all of the literacy courses here. You can review a complete list of the offerings here. Building Content Knowledge is described as follows:

Through a series of classes, participants will learn how shifts in practice required by the CCSS ELA reveal that teaching content is teaching reading. Participants will initially engage in group discussion, readings, and videos. Later, participants will practice a model content lesson in class and later use such a lesson in their instruction. Finally, teachers will engage in an evidence-based discussion around the instructional implications of their taught lesson and design next steps. This three afternoon class is open to all grade level teachers and highly recommended for elementary school teachers.

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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 coretaskproject@gmail.com
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