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.